Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Sunday conceded that the ACC has failed to prevent corruption in the country.
The anti graft watchdog chief made startling admission during a discussion program took place in light of Bangladesh’s improved rank in the Corruption Perceptions Index-2017 of Transparency International at ACC headquarters in Dhaka.
He also said the ACC fails to prevent corruption because the participation of the civilian population is not satisfactory.
“It is possible to come forward in the corruption index if everyone makes a joint effort. In order to do this successfully, we must first accept that there is corruption,” he added.
He also said that the ACC agrees with Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) comment that the country’s improvement has been jittery at best.
When journalists asked him why he was quoting TIB, he said: “What do you do when you cannot take action against the corrupt elite of the country? Alleging is easy. There is no such thing as big or small corruption. Corruption is corruption.”
“If the public do not become aware, then it will be impossible to resist or reduce corruption. We need help from all walks of life including students, teachers, and the media in order to prevent corruption,” he added.
On February 22, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman disclosed the annual CPI which stated that Bangladesh had progressed by two positions and ranked 143rd out of 180 in ascending order on the list of the most corrupt countries in the world in 2017.
The country placed 17th on the descending list (TIB groups countries with the same corruption score together into one position) and its corruption score was 28 on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being highly corrupt and 100 being no corruption.