Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj yesterday urged Myanmar government officials to avoid bribery and other forms of corruption.
“As bribery is against the law, your political activities need to be free from it. It depends on you,” he said during a meeting at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Nay Pyi Taw.
Mr Elbegdorj’s statement was in response to a question from a staffer from the Ministry of Transportation and Communication about the extent of corruption in Mongolia.
“For me, I never work for my own interest. I always look at what’s best for the people. Trying to make money using your power is not good. It is not the work of politicians,” Mr Elbegdorj said.
“There is no one involved in bribery among my family members,” he added.
Assistant lecturer from Magwe University Daw San Moh Moh Thu, who attended yesterday’s speech, said the first priority should be to ensure the people of Myanmar know what democracy is, rather than focusing on reducing graft.
“Here, people think they can do what they want under a democratic system. They should understand first what democracy is,” she said, adding that democratic change would be more difficult in Myanmar than in other countries due to a lack of transparency.
“The government needs to tell people what they are doing. In the past, people did not know everything that was going on. If people are told what the government is doing, then they will collaborate with the government by giving suggestions,” she said.
Translation by Thiri Min Htun