OPINION

The law cannot be negotiable

his environment of rampant graft and other manifestations of illegal behavior which has grown over the course of many years in this country has given license to various officials in public life to trample on every law of the land. The recent probe by the Public Administration Inspection Agency into complaints about graft in the public sector has shown us that this illegal behavior is also on the rise and that the worst offenders are license-granting authorities. The report, which will be published later this week, also revealed that complaints are expected to reach over 1,000 by the end of the current year. One of the most worrying things about this is that often, when the illegal activities of such or other offenders are uncovered, they simply blackmail their way into ensuring that the law is not enforced in their case. They feel that this is their right. However, each government has a duty to enforce the law of the land and to resist blackmail and extortion and if it fails to do so, then it is itself breaking the very laws it should be implementing.