Transparency Maldives' Advocacy Manager Aiman Rasheed at a press conference. HAVEERU FILE PHOTO
Transparency Maldives' Advocacy Manager Aiman Rasheed at a press conference.
HAVEERU FILE PHOTO
State institutions are still being run in a 'darkened room' and such conditions are conducive of corruption, the Transparency Maldives
said on Wednesday.
At an event to publicize papers used acquire financial records of prominent state actors, Transparency Maldives' Advocacy Manager Aiman Rasheed said, in response to a question from Haveeru, that for years the State has been run 'in hiding, in secrecy, and behind a veil'.
warned that such a lack of transparency would abet corruption.
"We only urge that the State be more transparent" he
added "It's hard commit acts of corruption and crime when information on details of public interest are available unabridged to the public".
In example, Rasheed
stated that the Transparency Maldives
had met with resistance when the organisation had approached the Parliament secretariat to acquire information to prepare the aforementioned papers.
added that the organisation had only asked for very basic and general information.
"State offices deem information that is not promptly announced to the public to be classified" he
further said that legal inadequacy is not the root of corruption and that heads of state institutions must take an initiative to expel obscurity and make the State's operations more transparent.
said that publicising financial records is an effective method to tackling graft.