Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
Myanmar score: NS/100
The public view the defence establishment as entirely indifferent to corruption within it, or as clearly corrupt, without the political will to tackle the problem.
The public view is that bribery and corruption are not, according to official rhetoric, acceptable to the defence establishment, but there is a widely-held belief that this is just that: rhetoric, and not seriously intended.
The public view is that bribery and corruption, though not acceptable to the defence establishment, is insufficiently addressed by the measures in place to tackle the problem.
This indicator is not scored. Please discuss conditions in the country context related to good practice (Score 4).
The public view is that there is a clear commitment from the defence establishment that bribery and corruption are not acceptable and must be prosecuted, and that their efforts to tackle the problem are sincere and effective.
This indicator is not assigned a score in the GDI.
Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson for the military, said that the military does not neglect corruption cases and has taken action against corrupt officials through its own internal mechanism . The prosecution outcomes are rarely made public. The perpetrators of the Inn Din masscare, who were sentenced to ten years in prison, were released after less than one year by the President’s amnesty. When the media tried to contact the military spokesperson and prison official, they refused to comment . Due to these incidents, the level of public trust in defence and security institutions that tackle corruption is relatively low. The Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International ranked Myanmar 132 out of 180 countries .
 Aung, San Yamin. ‘Military Corruption is Being Handled Internally: Military Spokesperson’. The Irrawaddy. May 28, 2019. Accessed on April 7, 2020. https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/military-corruption-handled-internally-military-spokesperson.html
 Reuters. ‘Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year’. May 27, 2019. Accessed on April 7, 2020. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-soldiers-exclusive-idUSKCN1SX007
 Chau, Thompson. ‘Myanmar works to improve corruption image’. The Myanmar Times. March 28, 2019. Accessed on July 3, 2020. https://www.mmtimes.com/news/myanmar-works-improve-corruption-image.html
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