Break the ongoing cycle of corruption

2017-11-29 06:00
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I have noticed from a very young age that sometimes people who have connections with influential people enjoy privileges over those who do not have any connections.

Those well-connected to influential people always get opportunities and privileges which some only dream of.

For instance, that girl whose father serves in the school committee or governing body becomes a prefect not because of leadership skills, but due to the ties of her parents.

This is a sad reality for as long as I have been on this earth.

Connections with influential people are what mostly get people to the next level.

What is disturbing, is that this is something that people are well aware of, but nobody is willing to do anything about.

People just fold their arms and look on . . . such injustice.

I have been discouraged from applying for certain vacancies at some government departments, because apparently positions I am interested in are already reserved for someone – probably a child of the chief financial officer’s niece.

I am sure you know somebody who got a job via a connection.

My concern is these people who get in like dirt being swept under the carpet, without qualifications, simply because they are the child of someone’s friend.

That connection means a struggling girl who came for that job interview with a BTech qualification will take a back seat.

It is not just the struggling ones, though – sometimes the ones whose parents are working in the government sector suffers the same fate and endure the same pain.

They are invited for job interviews and then afterwards members of the panel will discuss their status: He or she is the child of so-and-so and he or she is not struggling. We just cannot win.

Having said this, my question is: How long will this continue?

When we ask some of those in charge, they just blame one another. It must be nice receiving everything on a silver platter.

Our country is already rotten with corruption and it is worsening with each passing day.

We have been promised job opportunities and some have been waiting for many years. It is tiring and frustrating, to say the least.

I think it is time things start changing and that can only be achieved if we all stand up for what is right.

Let us not be afraid to speak the truth. This matter is serious and needs to be dealt with thoroughly.

Corruption has become part of the DNA of some people and it runs through their veins – so disgusting.

From generation to generation this cancer of connection is being passed on.

We all know that it is wrong, but it will never change if we fail to weather this storm of corruption.

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