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Calls to legalise wildcat oil-well operators

There is a need to legalise the activities of the wildcat prospectors whose hand-dug oil wells dot the land in Magwe Region, in central Myanmar. These illegal activities are a source of corrupt practices and loss of revenue to the regional government. These wells, a source of income and jobs for many in the surrounding […]

Myanmar highlights strategy of combating money laundering

NAY PYI TAW, June 28 (Xinhua) — A senior Myanmar Home Ministry official on Friday stressed the need to strictly supervise the implementation of the national strategy of combating money laundering and terrorism financing. Economic undertakings can be carried out safely under the strategy if collaborating with relevant sectors to bring about the promotion of […]

20 Fugitives, Including Judges, Administrators, Wanted on Suspicion of Corruption

Six judges, two district administrators, the head of a police station and a public prosecutor and a lawyer are all on a list of fugitives suspected of corruption, along with other government officials. The list, released Sunday by the Myanmar Police Force, numbers 20 individuals and includes their photographs and personal information. In February 2018 […]

Schools told not to enrol students from other townships

Schools in Yangon have been instructed not to accept the enrollment of students from other townships during the coming school year, according to U Ko Lay Win, director general of the Department of Basic Education. He said the same instruction was issued during last year’s enrollment but was not followed, so the department would be […]

Cooperation, Lack of Accountability Biggest Challenges for Anti-Graft Body, Says Chairman

YANGON— Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman U Aung Kyi told the Union Parliament on Monday that an unwillingness to cooperate, as well as a lack of accountability and transparency, are the commission’s biggest challenges. “To effectively prevent internal corruption, it depends on the efforts of 200 heads of governmental departments and enterprises across the country,” he said, […]

Anti-Corruption Commission opens office in Mandalay

The Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar opened an office in Mandalay on Sunday, and two people were already waiting in line to file complaints. The Mandalay branch is the second opened by the commission, following the opening of its Yangon office on March 16. The office was opened on land owned by the Ministry of Industry […]

Myanmar works to improve corruption image

Myanmar has fallen further in a global corruption ranking but could improve its image following some high-profile arrests this year and as the government moves to strengthen the anti-graft agency. The Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International ranked Myanmar 132 out of 180 territories in 2018, down two places from 2017. The Berlin-based global […]

Tanintharyi Chief Minister Arrested on Bribery, Corruption Charges

Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw was arrested on bribery and corruption charges in Dawei on Sunday, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). ACC spokesperson U Kyaw Soe confirmed to The Irrawaddy that the chief minister has been detained at Dawei Myoma Police Station, together with Global Grand Services (GGS) Managing Director U […]

Tanintharyi Residents Call on Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Address Corruption Concerns

Residents of a coastal town in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region demanded Wednesday that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi take action against their government over complaints about corruption and poor administration by removing the chief minister and the minister of planning and finance. During a three-day visit to the far-flung region, people at a gathering […]

‘Tone from the top’ crucial in anti-corruption: DICA

There is a lack of awareness about the transparency and corporate governance aspects of the new Companies Law, according to a senior government official, who argued for the importance of tone from the top in combating corruption. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of the Chamber of Commerce […]