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FICAC issues warning

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THOSE that are engaged or continue to engage in corrupt activities will always leave a footprint, and in time the law will catch up to them.

That was the stern warning from the Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption to people that bribe those in public offices.

"Our intrinsic dignity which is foundation of our human right must not be allowed to slip away from us," spokeswoman Cegu Babana said in a statement.

"This dignity which is independent of any individual condition gives us the total mandate to self-will and a life of choice. FICAC is urging you to choose 'No' for corruption.

"Our simple advice for people is to change their mind-set, and live and manage within their means."

She said people should exercise caution and ensure they are not on the receiving or bribing end of any deals, be it high, medium or low level.

FICAC is working on raising awareness on the importance of preventive action and behavioural change for maintaining the principles of integrity and accountability in public life — the advice comes just three days after celebrating International Anti-Corruption Day and two weeks before Christmas.

"We know people will be tempted to give in to corruption for extra money to spend on Christmas or to satisfy their Christmas urges, hence the timely reminder to think twice before you do anything that is catastrophic to your career and your life ultimately," Ms Babana said.

Ms Babana said FICAC had a toll free line of 1322 that people can could call to report corruption.