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Local administrations plagued with corruption, says Justice Minister

BANGKOK: Local administration organisations in the country have been plagued with corruption, with both political and permanent officials being the most corrupt, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on Wednesday (Sept 28).

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Wednesday 28 September 2016, 07:12PM

‘Local administrations are supposed to be the real prime minister of local people. The question is: Have our local administrations reached that stage?’ asked Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya. Photo: Bangkok Post / file
‘Local administrations are supposed to be the real prime minister of local people. The question is: Have our local administrations reached that stage?’ asked Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Gen Paiboon, in his capacity as chairman of the Centre for National Anti-Corruption (CNAC), made the comment at the opening of a workshop to address budget overspending among local administration organisations, which comprise municipalities, provincial administration organisations (PAO, or OrBorJor) and tambon administration organisations (TAO, or OrBorTor).

He said CNAC was an anti-graft agency which focused on prevention rather than suppression based on the belief suppression alone could not solve the problem.

Like drug trade, money is the main catalyst for corruption.

Corruption involves not only budget allocations, but also abuse of laws to allow for dishonest practices.

“It has been evident that political and permanent government officials are involved in most corruption cases. Although not all of them are bad, they are the main cause of corruption,” he said.

“What is quite alarming is the fact that more officials from independent agencies and justice-related agencies have a tendency to enter politics after retirement and some of them are given Cabinet posts because of their connections and power to benefit certain groups of permanent officials,” he said.

Citing an example of corruption on the part of government officials, the justice minister said: “No investors would dare encroach on a forest to build a resort worth thousands of millions of baht without their help.”

Gen Paiboon said the government is duty-bound to lay down measures to prevent government officials from being corrupt.

Serious action must be taken to combat corruption, not just an announcement to make it a national agenda to create a favourable image. CNAC and the Interior Ministry will be the main agencies to make sure that all local administrations answer to local people, he said.

“Local administrations are agencies that can truly respond to the needs of the people. A PAO (OrBorJor), for example, is responsible for overseeing not only budget spending. It also has hospitals, schools and other facilities under its supervision. They’re supposed to be the prime minister for local people. The question is: Have our local administrations reached that stage?” asked Gen Paiboon.


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Foot | 29 September 2016 - 12:56:35

The Thai Justice Minister is absolutely correct.
The annual shuffling of the provinces appointed governors is a way to continue the corruption.  If there's a particularly honest governor, that really tries to promote honesty and progress, they are shuffled away and, eventually, disappear from having any position of power.
It's safe to assume that the Thai Justice Minister will have the same fate for his honesty.

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Kurt | 29 September 2016 - 08:56:08

Well, the Thai Justice Minister hit the nail on the head.
All includes matters we, who comment here, are writing sometimes about.
We can not express it better than the Justice Minister.

So, in our comments we not denigrate or damage the image of Thailand and the thai people. 
We, readers, just express sometimes what the thai Justice minister is saying/confirms..
OrBorTors, OrBorJors.
No investor would dare to encroach forest land and build there many million projects without the help of corrupt government officials.

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Christy Sweet | 29 September 2016 - 07:50:52

I can attest to that, and would. I've got names, numbers, dates and amounts. Sure, petty compared to the billions made on the Sirinart Forest  encroachment, but was enough to shutter a small business and put its four workers out of good paying jobs. 

Multiply that by hundreds and there is a real problem for the local economy. One only had to look at the dozens of businesses along Bang Tao beach to know exactly who to investigate. 

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samantha | 28 September 2016 - 22:20:37

Tell us something we don't know. When is the government in Bangkok going to act?

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