CORRUPTION SEEMS NORMAL

Posted: 11-Feb-2021 01:59 PM

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There is an understanding that the more we talk about an issue, the more that issue becomes normal. Social scientists often argue that we can solve many underlying issues and problems by talking about them. Mental health experts would encourage people to open up and share their personal struggles and problems in order to find help and support. 


What of corruption? The more we talk about corruption, the more we normalize corruption. It may seem funny at the kava clubs to talk about a case of corruption and laugh about it but does nothing about it. Very often people are passive in the presence of corruption so decides to let it go. This is because corruption was invented by mankind under a set of rules that prevents mankind from serving self-interest and benefitting at the expense of others. 
When corruption occurs in public office or it involves those in power then it must be a concern for the public. But to inform such an act of corruption in high office is rather difficult because those in power will find a way to get away with it. Why? Because firstly they have power to keep them out of trouble, and secondly is under the sets of rules for corruption is the one important requirement that in order to inform corruption there must be evidence and proof of corruption. 
Over the years very little national interest is attributed towards fighting corruption and it seems like an everlasting battle that will never end. Fighting corruption consumes a lot of time, resources, and money, whereby most people would bow out on the first round. 


We learn about the political history of the Tongan government and the battles against corruption in the highest offices of the kingdom. We took pride in what we did and we tried our best to defend this country from all the evils that exist. We took to the streets to show how much such corruption has hurt us. We fought legal battles because we wanted justice. We were wounded by corruption because we were patriots. 


Today, Tonga has an Anti-Corruption Commission but yet to have a Commissioner, an independent Ombudsman, and of course an independent Auditor. These governance mechanisms are established to fight against corruption, mal-administration, and mismanagement of public funds. These are all the tools that supports the democratic reform in Tonga. Unfortunately, very little people understands clearly how these bodies operate and the significance of having them as checks and balances on government. These are democratic institutions that is tasked with over watching the government on behalf of the public.


Still we hear about corruption in the news every now and then. The Cabinet minister’s wife was paid out of the public money not for any job contract of government service, but just to go on a trip to the outer islands and enjoy themselves. Yet, nothing is being done and all we did was talk about it then it’s over. No one is hurt or wounded by these actions? Where is patriotism? Why do we allow someone to take from us and spend it unnecessarily?


Maybe, we have become tired of fighting or maybe we don’t love our country as much as we use to do. Or are we just bored of discussing corruption.
Recently, the International Anti-Corruption organizations developed various methodologies to increase and enhance people’s awareness on anti-corruption but with very little success. Mostly, because corruption is such a boring topic to discuss and it will not be of any significance to anyone unless one becomes a victim of corruption.
10 years ago Anti-Corruption Organizations sought new ideas producing billboard ads and stream media arts to gauge the public’s interest in fighting corruption. By the end of this experiment barely anyone took an interest in the ads and about 600 views on social media. It is appalling to have the anti-corruption ads with 600 views compared to a dancing concert with 1 million views. 


However, there is an interesting idea that is perhaps one positive result of the former US President Donald Trump and his political campaign. It is through story telling. A story that would depict a villain and a hero, a story that would capture the hearts and minds of people. It was the main reason behind the success of the Trump campaign. The stories told of the malevolent evil external forces supported by some elites with a goal of taking away America. Therefore, Trump was the hero set out to get rid of these elites and chase the evils out of the country and make America great again.


Perhaps, there should be a story of a villainous character portraying corruption and how its evilness have destroyed society. On the other hand there would be the hero that could bring down corruption and deliver good governance. 


We should tell a story of the evil vs the good, like Edmund Burke’s story written to Thomas Mercer in a letter “…. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” 

KUO ANGA MAHENI ‘AE FAIHALA


‘Oku ‘i ai ‘a e fakakaukau tokua ko e lahi ange hono talanga’i ha fa’ahinga palopalema pea hange kuo hoko ia ‘o anga maheni ‘aki. Ko e lau ko ia ‘a e kau mataotao ‘i he sosiale ‘o pehe ‘oku malava ke tau solova ‘a e ngaahi palopalema lahi ‘aki ‘etau fa’a talatalanoa’i ‘a e ngaahi palopalema ko ia. ‘Oku pehe foki ‘e he kau taukei he mo’ui lelei faka’atamai ko e me’a lelei ke tau anga maheni ‘aki ‘etau toutou talatalanoa ki ha ngaahi palopalema ko e ‘uhi ke ma’u ai ha solova’anga.


Kae fefe ‘a e faihala? Ko e lahi ange talanoa’i e faihala ‘e hoko nai ke angamaheni pe ‘a e faihala? Hange pe ha fakahua he taimi lahi kapau ‘e ‘ohake ‘i he ha’ofanga faikava ha talanoa ki ha faihala ha taha pea malie’ia pe kau fanongo ai mo kakata. ‘Oku hange tokua ‘oku tau tali pe ‘e tautolu ke hoko ‘a e faihala pea ma’u ai ‘etau malie pea ‘osi atu leva ia.


‘Oku hoko pe ‘eni ko e ‘uhi he ko e faihala ko e fa’u ia ‘e he tangata ‘aki ‘a e ngaahi tu’utu’uni ki he fonua ke ta’ota’ofi ‘aki ‘a e tangata ke ‘oua na’a ne kumi pe ha’ane lelei taautaha he founga hala pe ko ‘ene ma’u faingamlie ‘i he founga hala kae tapalasia ai ha ni’ihi kehe.


Pea ko e taimi ‘oku hoko ai ‘a e faihala ‘i he ngaahi lakanga ‘oku to e ma’olunga ange pea ‘oku totonu ke tau hoha’a ki ai. Ka ko hono fakahoko ko ia ha ngaue ki ai ‘oku faingata’a. Ko e ha nai hono ‘uhinga? ‘Uluaki pe he ko kinautolu ‘oku faihala ‘i he ngaahi tu’utu’uni ‘a e fonua, ‘a kinautolu pe ‘oku nau mafai ke fa’u ‘a e tu’utu’uni ki he fonua. Ko hono ua ko e faingata’a ke fai ha ngaue ki he faihala kae ‘oua kuo ma’u ha fakamo’oni pau ki ai. 


Ko e ngaahi ta’u ko ‘eni kuo maliu atu kuo ha sino mai e holoa ‘a e tokanga ko ia ki he tau’i ‘o e faihala pea taimi lahi ko e tau’i ko ia ‘o e faihala ‘e ‘ikai to e ‘osi ia. Ko e tau’i ko ia ‘o e faihala ko e ngaue lahi ‘oku fakamole ki ai ‘a e taimi, pa’anga, mo e naunau, ka ko e tokolahi te nau fo’i pe kinautolu he takai ‘uluaki.
Kuo tau ako ‘o ‘ilo mei he hisitolia faka-politikale hotau fonua mo e feinga ke tau’i ‘a e faihala ‘i he ngaahi lakanga ma’olunga he fonua. Na’a tau fa’a polepole he ngaahi ngaue na’a tau ikuna pea na’a tau taukave ke malu’i hotau fonua mei he ngaahi kovi kotoa pe ‘oku hoko mai. Na’a tau hopo ki hala ‘o laka ke fakaha ‘etau mamahi ‘i he ngaue ‘a e faihala. Na’a tau teke ‘a e ngaahi ngaue fakalao lahi ko e ‘uhi ke ma’u ‘a e fakamaau totonu. Na’e ongo e ngaahi kafo ko e ‘uhi he na’a tau mateaki’i hotau fonua.


Ka koe ‘aho ni, kuo fokotu’u ‘a e Komisoni ki hono tau’i ‘a e faihala neongo ‘oku te’eki ke ‘i ai ha komisiona ki ai, kuo lava ke fakahoko ngaue tau’ataina mo e ‘Omipatimeni, pea pehe foki ki he ngaue tau’ataina ‘a e ‘Atita. Ko e ngaahi sino fakatemokalati ‘eni ‘oku fokotu’u ke ne tau’i ‘a e faihala, pule kovi, mo e ngaue hala ‘aki e pa’anga ‘a e fonua. Ko e ngaahi tu’unga ngaue ‘eni ne poupou ki ai ‘a e liliu fakapolitikale ‘a e fonua. Ka ko e pango ko e si’i pe kakai te nau ‘ilo lelei ki he ngaahi fa’unga ko ‘eni pea mo hono mahu’inga, ke nau hoko ko e me’asivi ke vakai’i ‘aki ‘a e ngaue ‘a e Pule’anga. Ko e ngaahi sino ngaue ‘eni ‘oku tu’u vaha’a he Pule’anga mo e kakai ‘o e fonua.


Neongo ‘etau ma’u e ngaahi sino ngaue ko ‘eni ka ‘oku kei tu’o lahi pe hoko ‘a e ngaahi keisi faihala ‘i he pule’anga. Ne toki ‘osi ‘eni ‘etau vakai ki he totongi he pa’anga tukuhau ‘a e kakai ki he ngaahi hoa ‘o e kau Minisita ke nau folau holo ‘aki he ngaahi ‘otu motu. Kae hili pe ko ia pea ‘ikai fai ‘e ha taha ha ngaue ki ai. Hange ne ‘ikai ha taha ia ‘e loto lahi ke ne lea ‘aki? pe na’e ‘i ai ha taha te ne ongo’i mamahi pe loto tangia ‘i he hoko e ngaahi me’a ko ‘eni? Pe na’e anga fefe ‘etau tali ke to’o ‘etau pa’anga ‘o fakamoleki noa’ia he ‘enau fa’iteliha? Pea ko fe leva ‘etau ‘ofa fonua ‘oku tau tali pe ‘e tautolu e faihala.


Mahalo na’a kuo tau fo’i he tau’i e faihala, pe kuo mole loto’i ‘ofa fonua ia. Pe kuo tau fakapiko’ia he talanoa’i e faihala.
Koe ngaahi ta’u ko ‘eni kuo maliu atu ne fokotu’utu’u ‘e he ngaahi kautaha fakamamani lahi ki he tau’i ‘a e faihala ‘a e ngaahi fakakaukau fo’ou ke fakatupulekina ‘a e manakoa ‘o e ngaue ko ia ki hono tau’i ‘o e faihala. Ne fakahoko ‘enau ngaahi tu’uaki he ngaahi televisone mo e letio ‘a e mahu’inga hono tau’i ‘a e faihala. Ne to e fakahoko foki mo e ngaahi hiva mo e tau’olunga ke fakaha ai ‘a e mahu’inga hono tau’i e faihala pe tuku atu ia he ngaahi mitia fakasosiale. Ko e hili ange ngaue ko ‘eni pea ko e toko si’i pe na’e tokanga ki he ‘enau tu’uaki pea fe’unga pe mo e toko 600 ne mamata he ‘enau ngaahi hiva mo e tau’olunga. ‘Oku fakaofo ke tau vakai ki he tokolahi ‘o 1 miliona e kakai te nau mamata ha koniseti hiva kakala kae toko 600 pe kakai ‘oku fie mamata he hiva mo e tau’olunga ke faka’ai’ai hono tau’i ‘a e faihala.
Kaekehe, ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e me’a lahi ia ke tau ako mei he Palesiteni malolo ko ia ‘o ‘Amelika Donald Trump mo e founga na’a ne ikuna ‘aki ‘a e fili Palesiteni he 2016. Na’a ne fakahoko ia ‘aki ‘ene talanoa’i ha fo’i talanoa ke tongi loto ‘i loto mo e ‘atamai ‘o e kakai tokolahi. Ko e talanoa ki ha kakai kovi ‘oku nau ‘oho mai pea ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e tangata lelei mo kaukaua ‘oku ne fakafepaki’i kinautolu. Ko e fakapulipuli ia ki he ikuna ‘a Trump ‘i he ta’u 2016. Ne talanoa ‘e he talanoa ‘a lahi ‘o e ngaahi fili ‘oku poupou’i ‘e he kau ma’olunga he fonua pea ‘oku nau feinga ke fa’ao atu ‘a ‘Amelika. Ka ko ia ‘a e taha te ne lava teke ngaahi fili ko’eni pea tuku ki tu’a mo e kakai ‘oku poupou’i ‘a e ngaahi fili. Te nau malava ai ke fokotu’u ‘a ‘Amelika ke to e kaukaua ange.


Taa kuo taau nai ke tau talanoa’i ha talanoa ki he ‘oho mai ‘a e faihala ke faka’auha hotau fonua. Ka ‘i he tafa’aki ‘e taha ‘e ‘i ai mo e to’a ‘oku tu’u ai ke ne fakafepaki’i ‘a e faihala. Te ne fakalelei hotau fonua pea te ne ‘omi ‘a e pule lelei.


‘Oku taau ketau talanoa ha ngaahi talanoa hange ko ia ne fakahoko he tohi ‘a Edmund Burke kia Thomas Mercer “….. Ko e me’a pe ‘e taha ‘e ikuna ai ‘a e faihala, ko e tangata lelei ke ‘oua te ne fai ha me’a.”
 

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