Sri Lankans pay more bribes to Police: TI

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A survey carried out by the Transparency International (TI) in the Asia-Pacific region has revealed Sri Lankans pay more bribes to police.

They survey results showed Sri Lanka has a bribery rate of 15 percent among 17 countries and its citizens frequently pay bribes to Police. It also said people pay bribes to public schools, courts and utility providers.

The report titled “People and Corruption: Asia Pacific”, which was launched on Tuesday, has surveyed nearly 22,000 people in these countries about their experience with corruption and paying bribe during the last 12 months.

The countries included India, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Myanmar, South Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Governments in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, Mongolia, and Malaysia were perceived to be doing badly at fighting corruption by six in 10 of their citizens.

However, around a half or more of people living in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand had said that their government was doing a good job.

According to the results from the survey, Australia followed by Sri Lanka and Taiwan have done the best with the most positive ratings overall across the key corruption questions in the survey.

“In these countries, few people felt that corruption was increasing, many people felt empowered to help fight against corruption and bribery rates were very or fairly low. However, even in these well performing countries, there were still areas for improvement such as poor ratings of government efforts to fight corruption (Australia and Taiwan) or a substantial minority of people who thought that the police were highly corrupt (Sri Lanka),” the survey said.

  Comments - 22

  • Dr.Watson Saturday, 11 March 2017 07:59 PM

    Ha! Just the Police, my foot. Even the private sector is infected with this virus. So it have 100% coverage.

    Lankan Saturday, 11 March 2017 08:15 PM

    Come to Jaffna, anyone can see this happening in every street conners!

    Kumar Saturday, 11 March 2017 08:27 PM

    Police enjoy so much power over civilians and this is the basis for the bribe,to counter this reality the only solution is to do away with lower ranks and only have an officer class and have them all recruited from good family background.No country has done this,let Sri Lanka be the first to try it.

    TJ Sunday, 12 March 2017 11:42 AM

    Particularly the traffic police. When they threaten to take you to courts for minor offences, people are forced to bribe them to get out of the hassle.

    sara Sunday, 12 March 2017 12:54 PM

    this rate will further improve with the introduction of newtraffic fines.

    Lankan Sunday, 12 March 2017 01:15 PM

    Traffic police in Sri Lanka have many tricks to make people pay the bribe, one of the common one is to target outstation vehicles

    ceylon Sunday, 12 March 2017 02:33 PM

    It is the unprofessional government management.cant blame individuals or departments. via DM Android App

    Citizen Perera Sunday, 12 March 2017 03:30 PM

    It is an open secret that police making money in illegal means.

    Perumal Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:36 PM

    Basic thing is people in our country are corrupt. The police, politicians, school teachers and principals all come from among the people.

    kk Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:23 PM

    HISTORY ....bribed President prime minister ministers MPs Judges lawyers DIG SP ASP OIC PC principals prison official customs immigration official port official and staff GA AGA GS bank official and even public toilet keeper.. SUCCEEDED BRIBE IN SRILANKA.. via DM Android App

    Mason Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:46 PM

    Why single out the Police force, why not take a survey of the Politicians to see where we ran. May be, probably on top of the list !The situation being so, the government is INCAPABLE of taking corrective action.

    bandara Sunday, 12 March 2017 09:44 PM

    Its very correct, many Sri Lankan victimized to corrupt police.

    punchinilame Sunday, 12 March 2017 09:53 PM

    The I/E Dept. is a Bribery Den. They are more methodical.The mafia operating there has categorized Tamil dual-citizenship applicants as citizens of Hong-kong in the data-base,forcing the applicants to call over personally to sort theiruntraceable applications. This is where a bribe is negotiated eith ease, as the applicant is a Foreigner hailing from SL. Ciaboc is aware of it with input to"Tell the President" web site..

    jingo Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:27 PM

    AND 'Bigger' bribes to Customs and Inland Revenue

    shantha Monday, 13 March 2017 02:01 AM

    No mention of Singapore where you will be arrested for offering a cop a bribe?

    raj Monday, 13 March 2017 02:51 AM

    UN's credibility depends on Sri Lanka's inquiry and investigation on war crimes committed against Tamils. If Sri Lankan police are highly bribed, where else bribes exist? What about judicial system? Can UN relies on Sri Lanka to conduct credible inquiry and approves that finding is credible?

    sathees Monday, 13 March 2017 07:21 AM

    Don't blame the cops. If Citizens refuse to bribe and accepts responsibility for their act the cops have no chance.

    Nuwan Monday, 13 March 2017 07:41 AM

    Yes...this indeed is a great trick. No one wants to return to pick up their licence. When the officer offers to pay, that is indeed perceived as a great help. In a way it is as long as the stupid system of paying at the post office remains. Solution is to encourage mobile cash, on the spot. No cash transactions, less corruption. (even if the officer creates his own account, that's traceable.)

    George Monday, 13 March 2017 07:48 AM

    We dont want to pay these fellows at all What happens when they ask and if we dont give.. The government has given full power to them. They have all authority to murder us if we dont pay them. via DM Android App

    Lokka Monday, 13 March 2017 08:53 AM

    Mason, you are quite right , why single out police only. Poor Police chaps. Everywhere they are targeted..

    Yehiya Monday, 13 March 2017 09:24 AM

    Need more ladies to traffic police department. Technology need to improve the both side of traffic department. Collecting the driving license lead to corrupt. A card system need to develop or online fine settlement need.

    Mahesh Eragoda Monday, 13 March 2017 09:58 AM


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