Chairman’s message

Today, corruption is not only a problem faced solely by a single country. In fact, it is a global issue. Hence, United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is the first multilateral convention negotiated by the member countries. The convention states about the ill effects of corruption.
Corruption threatens the security and protection of the society. It obstructs the democratic processes and weakens the judicial sector. It is also a barrier to sustainable development and enforcement of laws.
When speaking of corruption often the assumption is that it is an offence of bribery, embezzlement or misuse of position to gain an undue advantage. However, the matter is far more serious. The international agencies concerned with terrorism asserts that terrorism, violence, drug related issues and similar other problems are clearly associated with corruption. Therefore, corruption may spark a threat to the national and international security. For instance, a terrorist attack would cause significantly greater threat to the national and international security compare threats to economic growth from corruption.
Unfortunately, we have not attained notable improvements in combatting corruption. Besides, the rapid increase in corruption offences in our small nation is a matter of great concern. While moving towards democracy, the absence of essential laws and regulations that promote anti-corruption is a major anxiety of the nation. Every individual shall deliberate to adhere and adapt the mandatory requirements of the Maldivian constitution and UN conventions.
In the efforts to eliminate corruption, we should always strive to uphold the related laws and regulations for the benefit of the citizen’s and societal interests rather than individual benefit. It is also important to protect the rights of the others. If we continue to work with a positive approach, the Maldives will undoubtedly be free of corruption.
The most important notable fact to emphasis here is that ACC alone cannot undertake the responsibility to combat corruption. Tackling corruption effectively would require mutual and collective support. We need to foster values of truthfulness and honesty in our children and youths. The young generations need to be taught to work with faithfulness and sustain loyalty. Teaching the harm of inveiglement and demonstration of Islamic principles are important. Therefore, the executive, civil society, media and individuals need to collaboratively work against corruption.
I appreciate the cooperation and assistance extended by the government and citizens in the work of Anti-Corruption Commission. I am certain that we will continue to receive the assistance and cooperation in the future.