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12:00 AM, January 23, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 23, 2021

Corrupt officials come up with list of immoral activities to avoid

A section of corrupt officials, using their expertise in, well, corruption, have come up with a list of immoral activities that citizens are to avoid at all costs.

The awareness campaign titled "D.I.E" sets out a three-pronged attack against depraved activities which are apparently a bigger concern for the nation than anything else.

"We know all about corrupt activities. We have done it and have learned why others should not do it," Azfar Hussain, the upazila chairman of Bakhunia, said. "We put a lot of thought into this and then decided, as the bastions of morality, we are actually in prime position to tell citizens what to do and what not to do.

"So, we made the list taking into consideration what we had done. First, many of our officials used to abuse drugs, like weed, which is the worst one among all the drugs in the world. Second, as we, I mean they, became addicted to drugs, they would seek out illegal gratification," he said.

He added that illegal gratification, a polite word for bribes apparently, would soon be followed up by EXTRA-MARITAL AFFAIRS. "You can see how wickedness just continues to grow. And so these are all steps in the chain of wickedness and unless you stop, you can never stop," Azfar said.

Sufia Sonali, chairperson of the Corrupt Officials Cause Kurruption, said that Bangladesh repeatedly finds itself in the list of most corrupt countries in the world. "We usually rank in the top 20 in the list of the most corrupt countries in the world. Now, 20 doesn't sound bad, but when you take into account who the remaining 19 are, it's really bad," she said.

Sufia added that now things were changing. "We catch a lot of unaffiliated or wrongly-affiliated corrupt people. Specially cartoonists. We hope this awareness campaign can help people become less corrupt."  When pointed out that corruption started at the very top, Sufia said that was an exercise in learning by example and not leading by it. "You cannot stop corruption, unless you fully understand what it is," she said.

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