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Speak up against corruption

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, December 07, 2012

"IF you are a victim of corruption or white collar crime make a stand and speak up now."

This is the message from the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) as Fiji marks International Anti-Corruption Day in Lautoka today.

Corruption, according to FICAC, is a very serious issue that requires immediate urgent attention and must be addressed with all stakeholders because it affects everyone, and thus becomes everyone's problem.

FICAC spokeswoman Cegu Babana said if people wanted to see an end to corruption, they needed to work up the courage to report these unethical practices and put a stop to it before someone else became a victim.

She said some victims would be aware of their perceived "complicity" as the bribe payer (albeit on demand, possibly accompanied with the threat of withholding a service) and would worry that by answering the questions they might implicate themselves.

"Others may not know that being asked for a bribe in return for a service constitutes a crime and may instead see this as a ‘normal' transaction fee required to ensure the delivery of services."

Ms Babana said requests for favours and gifts may be overlooked as a form of corruption.