Bribery and all forms of corruption is present in every society. After all, no system is perfect but this practice is not acceptable. The government and other private organizations do their best to fight bribery but it is hard because there are only few people who are willing to make a difference. Bribery refers to the offering of money (or other incentives) to persuade him/her to do something illegal or dishonest. Regardless of the amount offered, the action is still bribery.
Here in Singapore, there is an immigration employee who was apprehended for taking a bribe. The man was working at the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority). While working at ICA, he helped about thirty three women from Vietnam and the Philippines to extend their social stay for a price. The law is very strict that it does not allow extensions. The employee admitted to the bribery case. His sentenced was announced on December 9, 2013. He was ordered by the court to pay S$8000 and spend twenty one months in jail.
Bribery is a serious issue and offence. It should be curtailed because it is not healthy in the society and it is not a good example to the children. Everyone should be reminded again and again about the cost and consequences of bribery. Here’s a look:
- Negative Impact in the Organization – People involved in bribery knows that is wrong but they still practice it. They may be in financial difficulties but that does not give them the right to take advantage of other people. If the bribery is made known, the company or organization’s reputation will surely be affected.
- Job and Freedom Loss – If someone is proven to take bribes, he/she will surely suffer job and freedom loss. As mentioned earlier, the immigration officer surely lost his job because he will spend twenty one months in prison. Apart from that, their records will be tainted.
- Ineffective Leadership – If leaders are proven to take bribes and other forms of corruption, their influence as a role model will be damaged. This will show that his/her personal interests are considered first before the national or company interest. The leadership will be questioned.
Indeed the costs and consequences of bribery are very severe. It will damage the company or organization and it will linger for a period of time. It is important that this practice is stopped before it becomes contagious and normal in the society. As a citizen, it is your moral obligation to stop this behaviour and practice an honest living. You should be vigilant. When you know of bribery and corruption, do not think twice. You should blow a whistle and stop the actions before it gets deeper and harder to eliminate.