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Date Posted: Tue, Dec 04 2007, 08:42:10pm
Since Sir Mekere spoke those famous words ("systematic and systemic") over a year ago, it has become an almost unanimous view of the public's perception of bureaucratic management (top, middle, bottom)-"corrupt". And boy have we take it for granted! I am sure your adopted words, though generalized and undeserved, apply to those ethical and hardworking officials within the bureaucracy. Those individuals who sweat the full working hours and take their families to church on Sundays. Corruption unfortunately has been an ongoing practice post-1975 and even since Eve was decieved by the devil into taking that apple at the Gardent of Eden. Should not the word be applied categorically to define the characters of successive department heads, politicians, and officials within the bureaucracy? Or to you and I?
Because I must remind you (and other forumers out there) that the word does not only define the actual "action", though wrongful and unethical it may be, but it also defines our tolerance and condonement of alleged crime and unethical practices at a personal level. Corruption has existed since the dawn of time. Ironically, here is another simplified definition of the word "corruption" for your education which labells ALL actors within the bureaucracy and society as "corrupt".
"THE FAILURE TO DO THE RIGHT THING WHEN WARRANTED".
Boy aren't we all "corrupt" in our own silly, little ways!! And in all due honesty, what potential is there for you or I to be better than our predecessors?! Nevertheless, at society's upper echelons of bureaucracy and politics, the least we can do right now is to rectify the situation through the empowerment of institutional "watchdogs" and support of experienced politicians who are willing revamp a defunct system which is liable to transform for the worst within a period of 5 years. [Hey! This is PNG where anything can happen to suit the incumbent secretary or department head's whims.] But secretaries come and go and so do politicians, but what about the career public servant within the department? Should not they shoulder some of the blame?
Besides your lack of evidence and capacity to hold an allegation in a court of law, you should at least give credit to Vice-Minister PK for his current efforts to restore accountability and competency in the department's handling of billions of kina. [In a democratic or "guided" democrate state of governance, corruption will continue long after you and I are gone, my friend.]
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