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Say no to corruption

Nasik Swami
Sunday, December 09, 2012

MAKE a stand and speak up if you have been a victim of corruption, says the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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

"People can contact us securely, report anonymously or write in the knowledge that what you tell us will be dealt with in the strictest confidence," Ms Babana said.

She said some victims may be aware of their perceived complicity as the bribe payer 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.

She said similarly requests for favours and gifts might also be overlooked as a form of corruption.

"These acts typically involve the purchase of a cold drink, alcohol or a meal in return for speeding up a service or the efficient delivery of a service."

She said people regard corruption with different perspectives so it was important that everyone understood corruption, its implications and how to say no to it.