Eliminate cancerous scourge of corruption, says AG
Attorney General Mohan Peiris
addressing the Key Persons’ Forum. President FCCISL, Kosala
Wickramanayake looks on.
The cancerous scourge of corruption should be eliminated to usher in
an equitable and just society. Small and medium enterprise developers
can efficiently contribute to overcome this menace in a networking forum
for public and private sector by having constant dialogues, said the
Attorney General Mohan Peiris.
He was addressing the Key Persons’ Forum titled ‘Corruption: Causes
and Impact on Business and Society’ jointly organized by the Federation
of Chambers and Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and Small
and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED). The SMED is the SME arm of the
FCCISL which was set up by Friedrich Naumann Foundation in 1989
The Key Persons’ Forum is a monthly event launched with the objective
of organizing a series of public lectures, seminars and discussions
featuring eminent persons who share experiences and policy perspectives
on a face-to-face basis, on matters relevant and of interest to the
“We do not genuinely believe that we need to eradicate bribery and
corruption. As long as there are givers and takers and as long as there
are people to achieve things through corruption, corruption will exist.
It is time that the community does some serious soul-searching to
resolve it in manner that we are not going to resort to corruption. This
may be a difficult task because of our human nature, culture or because
of our practices. We hesitate to call a spade a spade and do not want to
get out of wrong doings”, said Peiris.
He said that corruption undermines and endangers the stability and
security of the foundation of an honest society and it also hampers the
execution of democracy and ethical values and morality. Corruption also
jeopardises sustainable development, the rule of law and the credibility