DWU community walks against corruption

Divine Word University (DWU) took the lead in staging the successful Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption (SASWAC) in Madang last Saturday.

This was done through its students who are members of the Youth Against Corruption (YACA) movement.

The DWU community was backed by Madang’s Walk Against Corruption (MAWAC), the Lutheran School of Nursing, PNG Ports, Bank South Pacific, Electoral Commission, and Tusbab Secondary School.

The walk started at the Madang Provincial Government headquarters and ended at the Bates oval in the town centre.

Jenny Soo, a vocal member of MAWAC was content despite lack of participation from the general public.

“Corruption is a disease that’s eating us, and it is all because of one’s selfishness and greed,” Mrs Soo said.

She said it was disappointing to see only young people in educational institutions taking part in this worthy cause while the rest just observe.

She said corruption takes place in all levels of government and society and affects everyone.

Mrs Soo encouraged those who participated to be firm in their fight against corruption, and also called on the public in Madang to join next year for a much bigger and better walk.

DWU’s Vice President (student affairs) and member of the Madang Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Br Andrew Simpson said corruption starts individually, and it could only be contained through change of individual behaviour.

“Corruption is not all about politics. It starts within ourselves therefore the fight against corruption starts with ourselves,” Br Simpson said.

He commended BSP and other businesses that joined in the walk.

Unlike the recent National Haus Krai march, less than two-hundred youths from three educational institutions, and employees from the participating business houses took part in the walk. The Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption is an annual event initiated by Transparency International PNG several years ago as a way of raising public awareness on the endemic corruption in PNG once described by former Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta as “systemic and systematic”.

The walk is named after a leading figure in the movement against corruption and founding chair of TIPNG, the late Sir Anthony Siaguru.