The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

Myanmar ministries to repay 'embezzled' cash


YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's president has ordered more than a dozen ministries to repay tens of thousands of dollars "embezzled" by staff, in a rare public move to tackle graft in one of the world's most corrupt nations.

The order comes after the auditor general found dozens of cases of "misuse and dishonest actions" across 15 ministries that stripped more than US$230,000 (S$281,634) from government coffers over the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Most had been refunded but $70,000 was still owed to the government, the financial watchdog said in a report to parliament submitted earlier this month.

"The office of the Union Auditor General discussed with the heads of the respective departments about the findings and took action," the report said, without giving further details.