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PM says fight against corruption to remain a top priority

Maya Taylor

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PHOTO: Nation Thailand

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised improved anti-corruption measures, saying the fight against graft will remain on the agenda as Thailand’s level of transparency improves. He was speaking via video conference to mark International Anti-Corruption Day yesterday. The PM says all sectors and organisations should be thanked for working to tackle corruption and has called on Thai nationals to put society’s welfare above their own personal interests.

Meanwhile, the president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, says over 1.3 million people from the public and civil sectors participated in this year’s Integrity and Transparency Assessment, an increase of 200,000. Over 8,000 government units scored an average of 67.90, a small increase on last year’s score of 66.73. However, while central government units surpassed the target of 85, provincial and local administrations came in below target.

Watcharapol says transparency is one of the main factors in determining a country’s progress against graft, adding that, coupled with public participation, it is key to ending corruption. Watcharapol was giving a lecture at the NACC’s headquarters in the central province of Nonthaburi, where he revealed plans for a “toolbox” to facilitate better cooperation and knowledge-sharing across sectors in the fight against corruption.

“The civil sector and whistle blowers played a more important role in fighting against corruption by alerting authorities to graft cases.”

The Bangkok Post reports that there were over 1,900 fewer corruption complaints to the NACC this year, compared to 2019.

Meanwhile, in responding to a media question about whether the NACC could handle a complaint against the PM in the matter of his army residence, Watcharapol says that while the commission would be obliged to accept the complaint, it would also be duty-bound to reject it if the court had already ruled on the matter. Last week, the Constitutional Court acquitted the PM, allowing him to remain at his military residence.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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13 Comments

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    B.T.

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:21 am

    How he can fight with himself and his gang? What a B.S.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Hide near any police roadblock with a camera, and you would record enough corruption cases for a week of court days.

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      Svcoquette

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      This true from personal experience. Thai police are the most corrupt of any of the 63 countries we have visited in our slow sail around the world. Foreigners on a motorbike are almost always stopped and bribes solicited, personal experience. Thais not wearing a helmut are ignored, foreigners though are immediately stopped and a bribe solicited. I always wear a helmut but have witnessed this several times in Patong with a 1000 baht “fine” paid on the spot, the helmutless drivers free to continue. Not having a motorbike license or an international drivers permit usually results in a 200-500 baht fine. I have both and when stopped and asked for money I ask for a receipt then holding up the money I take out my phone and say “then I take your picture” as receipt. I’ve never paid a bribe and refuse to do so on principal.

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        14cycles

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7:59 pm

        Just negotiate a better price. It’s annoying but you don’t need to pay them 1000b

        200 is usually enough

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    This PM could start by giving up that army house he lives in corruptly rent free.

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    Peter

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    A day after announcements about more money being poured down the drain in Pattaya.
    Totally unfit officials, lacking any accountability, decency, education or social responsibility.
    Greedy Thai’s wanting more money and gold. The only two things they care about.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    How much to not investigate?

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    Teachertango

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Haha the accused becomes the accuser.

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    Tony Grace

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    There is no such word in the Thai language ( Corruption.The wording is A miss under standing. An honest mistake. It was them not me. And we are setting up a panel to investigate the panel that was appointed to
    isnvestigated the panel that was to investigate and it will be led by the investigating lead member that was to investigate in the first place.

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    Yan

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Fighting corruption with a soldier”s wage…but having 600.000.0000 on a bank account??? Amazing Thailand…..

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    I missing the top Thai apologizer commenting on this topic.

    Where are you Issan John ?

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    Alan

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I wonder what his definition of corruption is.

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    Alexandra

    Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:56 am

    It is actually sad. First reaction was to laugh but the PM would have to arrest his entire inner circle and himself first. We know these are empty words.

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