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Myanmar reiterates invitation of complaint against corruption by customs staff members
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11:28, September 17, 2007

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The Myanmar Customs Department has reiterated its invitation of public complaint against corruption by customs staff members as part of its bid to ensure a clean administrative machinery with the department, the local Voice Weekly reported Monday.

The complaint against corruption and bribery, which affects customs branches set up in the country's international airports, seaports and border trade points, can be made to the Ministry of Finance and Revenue based in Nay Pyi Taw through given phone, e- mail and fax, the department under the ministry was quoted as saying.

The department is rendering customs clearance promptly to facilitate the public undergoing such formalities for their businesses, the report said.

According to the report, the authorities punished nearly 500 customs staff members including high-ranking ones in a crack down on corruption and bribery in 2006.

Legal sources said over three dozens of them were sentenced to long prison terms.

As a next move to substitute these sacked customs service members, more than 400 new employees have been appointed since early this year, the report added.

Since late 2006, the authorities have taken action against many malpractice in response to public complaints in a drive to bring about clean administration.

Ministries, which have invited such public complaints, also include those of home affairs, energy, rail and road transportation, forestry, the Yangon City Development Committee as well as the Supreme Court or courts at various levels, Attorney- General's Office and Myanmar Advocates Council.

The authorities said it has occasionally instructed service personnel to discharge duties uprightly and honestly while the respective ministries are taking systematic measures in serving the national interest.

In line with this, the government has laid down formal procedures for the people to make complaints so that service personnel cannot commit misbehavior and misconduct over the people, th authorities stressed.

Source: Xinhua

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