DEAR EDITOR, quoting Radio New Zealand International news bulleting on February 18, 2018.
“The head of the Papua New Guinea police anti-fraud squad says corruption has grown significantly in recent years.
“Matthew Damaru said with the growth of PNG’s economy, corruption had grown from simple fraud to more elaborate scams.
“According to him, anti-fraud detectives are now looking at corruption at the highest level.
“However his anti-fraud squad became marginalised by funding constraints.
“Mr Damaru said last year the squad had a good year with lots of people arrested and charged, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to jail.
“He said he’s hoping the same will happen this year.
“If you can do more of those we can send that deterrent message. Otherwise you know corruption is going to go out of hand.”
“The thing that I fear is that I don’t want the new generation coming up to, when they see corruption, and say ‘this is our culture, this is how we live, this is how we do our business’, that is the last thing we want to see happen,” he said.
“We have hundreds of unsolved cases going back years but we don’t have the capacity to deal with them,” he said.
“The more people we can send to jail the more we can send a message of deterrence. But unfortunately we are unable to always do that because of resource constraints.”
“The problem was only getting worse, he explained.
“The more economic activity grows, the more money we have and that creates an incentive for people to want more money for themselves,” he said.”
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