Anti-corruption drive dodges political donations and criminal liability

Nay Pyi Taw has stepped up its efforts to curb corruption by empowering the anti-graft body and reaching out to the private sector. Yet, the announcement from the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) has created confusion among businesses. Crucially, there are still no criminal liability for offering bribes and no effective regulations on […]

DICA’s anti-corruption rules not clear on donations or political contributions

In their latest drive to tackle corruption, the government released a code of ethics prohibiting businesses from bribing officials, but it remains unclear what a company and charities and individuals associated can and cannot do. A non-profit organisation urged Nay Pyi Taw to consult experts and require companies to set up a code of conduct […]

Effective legal action to be taken against corrupt civil servants after amending anti-corruption law

The peace talks between State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and residents from different fields took place in Mawlamyin, Mon State on June 14. (Photo-State Counsellor Office) The government will be able to take effective legal actions against corrupt civil servants after an anti-corruption law has been amended and control authorized personnel not to misuse […]

Myanmar’s Planning and Finance Minister Submits Resignation

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has submitted his resignation to the president amid reports that he is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), sources close to the matter told The Irrawaddy. Since last week, news reports have circulated alleging that the minister and his […]

Myanmar FDA head arrested for alleged corruption

Zabuthiri Township police force arrested the Director General of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Ministry of Health and Sports for allegedly misusing his power in the ownership of a house and plot of land valued at over 150 million kyats. The police say the accused Dr. Than Htut was arrested at 12:45 p.m. on […]

Myanmar Forms Anti-bribery Commission to Fight Corruption

Myanmar has formed an Anti-Bribery Commission to fight corruption and bribery in government organisations, according to an announcement from the President’s Office. The 15-member Anti-Bribery Commission is headed by U Mya Win, a retired military serviceman. Former ambassador U Tin Oo was assigned as secretary to the commission, the announcement said. The formation of the […]

Eviction of decades-long dwellers is unfair – law experts

It would be unfair to evict dwellers of 50 or 100 years, especially when the judges have been accused of corruption in relations to land scandals, legal experts and the victims of land seizures said. As the country’s real estate prices skyrocket reaching up to billions of kyats in certain purchases, judges are more likely […]