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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announces 20 year plan to take action against corruption

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Action against corruption in Thailand is now a “national agenda” and a 20-year plan, backed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, is set to be rolled out to promote transparency in the Thai government, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced today.

On a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being “highly corrupt” and 100 being “very clean,” Thailand’s score is 36, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index by the global coalition Transparency International.

Each year, the organisation ranks countries by their levels of public sector corruption. Out of 180 countries, Thailand ranks 104. South Sudan and Somalia both ranked last as the most corrupt countries.

Prayut mentioned the Thailand’s ranking on the Index during a broadcast today, adding that the Thai government is working on solving the problem of corruption in the public sector.

To help with plans to improve transparency, government agencies in Thailand are told to complete a self-assessment by Integrity and Transparency Assessment. The results will be used to improve the management of government agencies.

“I’d like to encourage all Thai citizens in government offices in every department nationwide to take part in improving Thailand’s transparency to meet international standards by jointly completing the transparency assessment online via NACC website or ITAS application from now until May 31, 2021.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

35 Comments

  1. He should start with himself and his hand picked ministers and work his way down. This government is by far the most corrupt one in modern thai history from the top down and is getting more corrupt day by day. Who is he trying to fool with this BS, his own fragile snowflake ego???. Nice try but most of the world knows the truth.

  2. If everyone used crypto for payments we could starve the beast of their theft from the productive people via taxes. If someone wants to pay for coffee with feathers, and the buyer and and seller agree, this is ok.

    Boom, just solved corruption.

  3. Stupidity at its best. Plans? How many glorious plans have the Thai government flaunted over the past one month? And just like every other plan, it will be forgotten by tomorrow! Pathetic publicity stunt. Wake up, people of Thailand!

  4. I almost spit all over my monitor…a 20-year plan to rid the country of corruption?

    That’s a generation.

    This is nothing more than a 20-year permit for corruption to continue.

    Prayut is covering his backside.

  5. So in order to become the HUB of corruption free Government, the PM instructs all Thai public servants to ‘self assess’ and then complete the transparency assessment online. I am sure they will all do that honestly and ‘correctly’ – LOL.

  6. “This government is by far the most corrupt one in modern thai history from the top down and is getting more corrupt day by day.”

    From what I’ve seen, I have to agree 100%, @Timmytime – I’ve never seen anything so blatant and completely shameless. The only excuse for “20 years” is so that they have “20 years” of wriggle room.

    No pot has ever been quite so black.

  7. Noble objective if nothing else. However corruption is ingrained within the culture of Thailand and its people, it’s considered part of life. It would be a Herculean task to root it out considering the low level of pay for public officials. To do so requires Thailand to also dismantle its vast bureaucracy and institute fair, efficient and reliable rule of law. The two things help feel corruption, they are it’s fuel. They all go hand in hand. On a side note, all three of those are also necessary to help the country break out of the middle income trap.

  8. Let it be, or they will have to increase the taxes 3 times to pay a deep increase of salaries to police, administration, immigration, army, then set more taxes, and still corruption will be there… The habits cant be revoked in few days…. Even more historically advanced countries keep corruption potentials opened mostly in political related deals from small cities to top governments.

  9. Agree totally Nigel they are all convicts together and protect each other they are vile horrible people how can the world allow them to control Thailand and the poor foriegners of the world countries who have to jump through hoops daily to please them so sad for farangs trapped in thailand because they put all thier eggs into one basket the smart ones got out the foolish lost it all so sad

  10. @intlbankster – Don’t need crypto for that. Just abolish cash payments on the governmental level in any form and have QR/PromptPay payments to a central agency for any government-related business in place. If you can follow the money (and have people doing that), then corruption has to get a lot trickier than it is now.

  11. is this some kind of joke? the most corrupt out of all of them making a 20 year plan to wipe out corruption lol. and 20 years?? The corrupt chasing the corrupt. Prayut should try his hand at comedy cause hes a s**t politician and an even worse PM

  12. @Dr. Surabaya – have you seen the new “ministry”, against Fake News? And [if he doesn’t has a doubleganger] who seems to be the leading minsiter there…Khun General ‘Expensive Wristwatch’

  13. @EdwardV – totally agree with your statement, it will take manyๆ generations to change the corruption culture of Thailand.

    And during these generations, no “backward looking” PM or Chief of Police or Military- or Larger Business leader (think THAI, P-Man ⌚️⌚️ and alike) can ever take the center stage.

  14. It’s in the blood and there is nothing that can be done about it,it really is that simple.
    You can have as many initiatives and make as many grand statements about it as you like but absolutely nothing will change except the faces from time to time.the vast majority of thai people quite sensibly accept it as that’s the way it is and it’s best you do if you want to live here peacefully.
    In some ways it’s not without its advantages such as having the option to pay people off if you get caught speeding or drink driving.try that in the west and see what happens.

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