Myanmar unveils reform plan requiring senior officials to disclose assets

  • Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a memorial ceremony for murdered lawyer Ko Ni and taxi driver Ne Win in Yangon on February 26, 2017. Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 26 broke a month long silence on the daylight assassination of her advisor Ko Ni, calling his killing a “great loss” for the country’s democracy struggle. / AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU

The Myanmar government has adopted bold steps to deal with corruption in government bureaucracy and to improve efficiency of civil service by requiring senior officials to disclose their assets, The Myanmar Times Online reported on Tuesday.

The assets disclosure requirement is just one of several initiatives contained in the Civil Service Reform strategic action plan revealed by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her speech delivered at the launch of the plan in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.

She said that the plan clearly outlines about asset disclosure of senior officials and the help of anti-bribery measures to ensure success of the plan.  She reiterated that corruption is still an issue although the government has strived to be corruption-free.

“Civil servants are responsible to report and must submit to the higher authority and ministers if they found something amiss in their places of work.  In a democracy, there can be no place for “m’louq (no work), m’shouq (no involvement), m’pyouq (no joblessness).  Civil servants are accountable to the government elected by the people,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.

She said that eventually the government would be able to give civil servants “fair pay and good overall benefits.”

Among the non-wage efforts implemented by the government to support civil servants are the construction of staff living complexes for retired civil servants so they may continue to live with security and dignity.

One director, who requested anonymity, criticised the requirement for civil servants to declare their assets because even people in political positions don’t have to do it.

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