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Phuket corruption probe underway

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has confirmed that investigations into Phuket officials for corruption are underway.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 23 February 2017, 09:11AM

Preechanun Pumlek, Director of Phuket Provincial NACC Office. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
Preechanun Pumlek, Director of Phuket Provincial NACC Office. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

“NACC Phuket officials are now collecting evidence from private businesses and individuals who claim to have been extorted by officials,” Preechanun Pumlek, Director of Phuket Provincial NACC Office, told The Phuket News today (Feb 22).

The investigations follow NACC Secretary-General Sansern Poljeak in Bangkok ordering the Phuket Office to launch investigations into Phuket officials.

“You do not have to wait to receive complaints from people to launch investigations. This is your job,” Mr Sansern said on Saturday (Feb 18). (See story here.)

Mr Sansern was invoking the NACC Phuket to take action after Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan last Tuesday (Feb 14) called an emergency meeting of top police, law enforcement officials and department heads on the island to order them to investigate a slew of corruption allegations against their own officials, including branches of the Royal Thai Police.

At the meeting he identified eight key areas to be investigated for corruption, as alleged by the National Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand. (See story here.)

Gov Chockchai ordered the island agency chiefs to report to him any findings of graft within their own offices and to report to him by Friday (Feb 17).

Those reports have yet to be made public.

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Asked whether he thought corruption was present among Phuket officials, NACC Phuket chief Mr Preechanun today said, “It is true.”

“We have begun our investigations, but cooperation with private businesses and individuals is not good enough,” Mr Preechanun noted.

“We can only charge corrupt officials when we have strong enough evidence, but these people don’t want to fully cooperate by having police or the army join in the investigations. They are scared of the consequences if they have problems with any of these officials,” he said.

“However, we will still contact private businesses to talk with them this week,” he added.

Mr Preechanun said no deadline had been set for the NACC Phuket office to conclude its corruption investigations.

“I cannot estimate how long this will take. We must collect evidence, which takes time. After that we must send our evidence to the NACC in Bangkok, and they they will consider whether any further action will be taken,” he explained.



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Kurt | 24 February 2017 - 09:11:33

Governor 'ordered' all Phuket agency chiefs to report findings of craft in their offices by 17 Feb. One week ago.
Quite a short time for all the chiefs to report.
First Chiefs have to find out, than check and than report.
Chiefs later have to explain why they didn't know, or when they know why not reported it to NACC.
Get the picture?

PN wrote: These reports have yet to made public.
Will there be any publicity about it? I don't expect it.
The Governor not even shares with citizens why he made a working trip to Korea.
Openness is this moment not the strongest point of Phuket Provincial Hall.

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Kurt | 24 February 2017 - 08:54:32

At least Phuket NACC Chief underlines he understands why Phuket residents are scared to come forward with evidence concerning corrupt officials.
It shows how deep and high corruption goes.

When NACC receives a anonymous corruption complain than the financial situation of the accused officer should be x-rayed.
How he pays for his nice house, his car, his holidays, check his bank accounts.
Quite simple to find out or all fit's in with his salary. Right?

Anyway, Secretary-General Sansern of NCC in Bangkok hit the nail on the head with his directive to NACC Phuket:
....Don't sit on your hands, waiting for complains, go out, investigate, do your job!...

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Nasa123 | 23 February 2017 - 15:39:32

I wright about 20 times about Immigration in Phuket and Corruption, they have free internett in Immigration whay nobody take some movie and put on internett ?? and whay they don`t have like 20  CCTV Camera inside the Immigration, and whay we can not pay whit card in Immigration.  Fore about 4 year ago I have a meeting in Norwegian Consulate here in Phuket whit 4 Corruption Police men from Bangkok about Immigration in Phuket some take money from me but nothing happend.

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Patong Corruption | 23 February 2017 - 15:31:17

After a full investigation of themselves, which will not be made public, Phuket will be declared free of corruption by the very same corrupt people.

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billl green | 23 February 2017 - 12:53:03

Make sure the 4 wise men in room 103 at Phuket immigration are investigated. Just follow the money trail. 

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Discover Thainess | 23 February 2017 - 12:28:58

I wonder what the odds are for the investigation to find nothing and for phuket to be declared corruption free? I myself have been asked for cash from immigration for certain forms which I know are free, but what proof can I possibly have? They were out of receipts that day sadly! :-)

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Maurice | 23 February 2017 - 10:21:35

It is quite useless to ask governor and agency chiefs to report any findings of graft within their own offices… 
In the same way fishes rot by the head, any agency, office, organisation are corrupted from the top. 

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