The Need to Fight Corruption
Nothing destroys a country and shortens its life span like corruption.
It is a monster that destroys everything around it and even those
who benefit from it. The problem is not in the very existence of
corruption, which is impossible to eradicate. It must be said that
it is difficult to find a country that is free of corruption. Therefore,
the real problem lies in the size of corruption and the ability
to contain it. What we referring to here is the containment of corruption
within possible limits, so that it cannot spread like cancer and
destroy both society and state.
Corruption is the opposite of righteousness and reform. Because
we desire comprehensive reform in Bahrain, we should without any
doubt address this subject. The issue is more complicated than just
financial corruption, as it transcends all aspects of life to include
political, cultural, judicial, media and administrative areas etc.
Although societies tend to stereotype and associate corruption
mainly with financial issues, it is impossible to confine it to
one area only. Like cancer, corruption spreads to surrounding areas
and affects government apparatus, ordinary individuals and institutions.
This eventually leads to corrupt the judiciary, security, culture
and even the conscience and minds of ordinary people.
Corruption is a danger that threatens communities by destroying
its resources, so that governments will not be able to meet the
requirements and basic needs of its people. Due to this, corruption
incites hatred towards the political system and officials and might
cause a system to collapse by losing its legitimacy and this will
eventually encourage citizens to confront the system and attempt
to topple it. At the least, corruption creates political and security
tensions as is the case in many countries.
Part of the nature of corruption is that it produces a culture
that supports it. For instance, we find that there are many individuals
who are quick to criticize corruption when, in reality, they are
involved in it or justify it. For instance, some justify the existence
of corrupt officials arguing that if they were to be changed, more
corrupt individuals, who are hungrier than their predecessors for
wealth and power, would replace them. Some even believe that officials
are not corrupt when they exploit public money, as this money essentially
belongs to them and, hence, they have the right to do with it as
they wish! Corruption also reduces the individual’s sense of humanity
and patriotism for his/her country as well as reduces their national
pride. When corruption is accepted as a norm in a society, the irony
is that ‘corrupt persons’ are perceived as ‘clever persons’ while
‘honest persons’ are perceived as ‘stupid persons’.
Corruption exists in Bahrain as in any other country in the world.
However, we do not know its scale due to the lack of transparency.
Corruption is also widely discussed by officials and citizens who
have pointed to some of its forms. It is necessary to understand
the exact size of this problem, discuss its causes, bring the corrupt
to justice and provide all information relating to this issue. We
believe that corruption in Bahrain is still controllable; however,
it is spreading which endangers the reform project, makes government
apparatuses in-effective, and distorts national spirit.
Undoubtedly, combating corruption is a priority and it is obvious
that the sources of corruption are connected to wealth and power,
and whose decisions have a great impact on society and the state
itself. What we truly need is not merely a moral and religious deterrent
as the temptation of power and wealth is far greater. Additionally,
there is also need for the following:
A strict law, and also committees, for combating corruption,
far from the influence of corrupt individuals, otherwise these committees
will also be corrupted. The problem is not whether a law exists
or not, despite its importance, but lies in its firm implementation
by political leadership, and the existence of a firm and independent
Social supervision through media and legislatives.
A national culture that views corruption as strange, harmful
and dangerous to replace the existing culture that ignores the exploitation
of public money. Frankly, there is need to take a tough stance against
this monster before corruption becomes uncontrollable.