is normal for half of Lanka says Transparency International
Nearly half of Sri Lankans interviewed for a random survey by Transparency
International (TI) are in "total agreement" that bribery
is a normal way of doing things in Sri Lanka.
41.7% of the people were in total agreement and another 26% "slightly
agreed" while a 10% totally disagreed that bribery is normal
in Sri Lanka. As many as 70% of the people believe that ending corruption
at high levels is more important than at low levels.
report on corruption came into focus last week when President Chandrika
Kumaratunga told a seminar of police top brass that the country's
Police and Judiciary were "corrupt". She quoted the TI
for this claim. Later she clarified her remarks to say that "only
some members" of the Police and Judiciary were corrupt.
she did not mention, however, was that though it was true that the
Police Department was reported as the most corrupt institution in
Sri Lanka, Education, Health and Provincial Councils/Local Government
came over the judiciary as the most corrupt institutions.
TI report had no classification for politicians, but had a specific
category for the Ministry of Samurdhi/Social Services Department,
which also ranked high on the ladder of corrupt institutions in
are some of the statistics from the TI report on Regional Corruption
(Sri Lanka) worth highlighting. Some 41% of those interviewed pointed
to nepotism as the leading non-transactional form of corruption
in the Provincial Council/Local Government Sector.
for the causes of corruption, 7.9% felt that it was the fault of
the leaders when it came to education and 8.9% felt that power of
influential people was to blame for corruption in the health sector.
In the taxation sector, 15.4% felt that power of influential people
was the cause of corruption in that area while 40% of those interviewed
felt that power of influential people was the cause of corruption
in the Samurdhi Ministry.
into causes of corruption in society, the survey reveals that 20.5%
of Sri Lankans believe low salaries are to blame for it, while 11.2%
say it's the fault of the leaders.
on what they think should be the cure for corruption in this country,
a resounding 58.6 felt that implementing the law that is already
in place would be sufficient. The survey also revealed the average
number of times within a year that respondents have been involved
in corruption and a significant 6.3% of them reported having corruption
related experiences "once in three months".
action against corrupt judges: BASL tells President
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has called on President
Chandrika Kumaratunga to convey information of corrupt members of
the judiciary and to take action against them.
President Ikram Mohamed in a letter to President Kumaratunga has
requested her to convey specific information in her possession regarding
the corruption of members of the Judiciary to the appropriate authorities
for suitable action.
Mohamed said the President's statement had seriously undermined
the confidence of the people in the administration of justice in
the country. His letter said the Executive Committee of the Bar
Association had unanimously expressed their highest respect and
regard for the judiciary as whole.
Kumaratunga at a special session of the National Advisory Council
on Crime Prevention held on November 9 at the Defence Ministry alleged
that the entire judiciary was corrupt. The remark prompted the BASL
to say that it could not by any standard concur with the view.