No country is immune from corruption. However, there are some nations where corruption is tolerated and even considered a way of life.
Myanmar just had its freest elections after four decades of junta rule, but it still has a long way to go where the provision of basic services are concerned. The country is rich in lumber, oil and gas, however, only the ruling elite was able to enrich itself on these during the decades on junta rule. The system of offering bribes to get basic services is so institutionalized it has a name: “tea money”. Even foreign companies who want to invest in Myanmar are being introduced to the concept of tea money, especially when they negotiate for import/export licenses, land lease agreements and taxation.
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