Address corruption don’t just state it


CORRUPTION should be defined and disclosed, not used as word in a general statement.
We heard of the word ‘corruption’ too many times and don’t know whether those calling it or saying it know the meaning.
I hate the generalisation that government is corrupt and should start putting names and figures to the word.
We should say it and name it.
Apart from the Judiciary, Parliament and Constitutional bodies, we have 33 ministers, departments and more than 100 agencies and statutory bodies.
Is it the ministers for National Planning, Treasury, Education, Agriculture or Finance or Commerce etc or the departments that are corrupt or what is happening there that you want us to know?
Or is Eda Ranu or PNG Power or Telikom and what is it?
Give us the name of the company that is engaged in awarding contracts, without tenders, to a friend or crony. Let us start getting real and address it and not make general statements without any background information.
In Papua New Guinea (PNG), we seem to label corruption on everything, thus unnecessary putting PNG high on the Corruption Index.
Let us start spelling out corruption and putting names and figures and stories rather than making unsubstantial claims of corruption.
Many just make grand statements with no one being prosecuted and jailed.
Results and evidence should be provided to deter people from engaging in dubious schemes.
Even if the Ombudsman Commission, police or public prosecutor cannot deliver but the accusations will become truth if it is not rebutted. We can decide for ourselves too that we don’t want corruption by saying it openly and discouraging it.

Wilson Orlegge Thompson,

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