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Phuket Opinion: Anti-corruption claims adding insult to injury

For Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan to recently declare that there are no corrupt officials on the island must have come as quite an insult to those who have lived in Phuket for any length of time.

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Sunday 26 February 2017, 09:00AM


Ending corruption starts with refusing to accept it is a 'business as usual' practice. Photo: UNDP
Ending corruption starts with refusing to accept it is a 'business as usual' practice. Photo: UNDP

Then for Gov Chockchai to appoint those very officials accused of being involved in corruption to investigate themselves just further insults the intelligence of Phuket residents.

However, that insult has been slightly lessened – not with regards to Gov Chockchai mind you – with the most recent announcement that National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Secretary-General Sansern Poljeak ordering the NACC Phuket office to investigate alleged corruption on the island.

It may come as some surprise to Gov Chockchai, but certainly not for those who have been living on the island for any length of time, that yes Governor Chockchai, there is indeed corrupt officials under your watch.

Sadly the corruption has been there under many of the previous governors’ watches, as well.

To come right out and say it now, this writer has been involved in one aspect of corruption, and yes he did know it from the very off, and the very tourist police who gave this writer the option of either paying an 90-day overstay with or without a receipt to immigration officials – B2,000 or B1,000 respectively – knew full well about it, too.

BIS

Yes, Governor Chockchai, corruption is rampant on Phuket, or as a previous writer described it, “rotten to the core”.

Asking Phuket officials whether they have accepted payments or been involved in corruption is likely to be met with a single word answer, “No”.

But how about asking the average Joe, say like a Bangla Rd bar owner, whether he has ever made a payment to officials for their bar to stay open a wee bit longer than the law stipulates and you might well get a different reply.

Yes it is fantastic news that the NACC has now been asked to investigate those corruption allegations. However, for that to mean anything then the investigation must be transparent and involve all levels of power with the ranks.

Officials’ bank accounts should be checked, their assets should be checked, if it has to be then their families accounts and assets should also be checked. If this does not happen, then the investigation is just adding insult to injury.

 

 

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LES | 26 February 2017 - 21:25:08

They all take their turns at plucking a few feathers out of the golden goose, make their money and move on.Next please to the den of thieves ?
 

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Rorii | 26 February 2017 - 15:42:59

The media is finally growing some balls. As individuals we do not have access to the people who can make a change, but the media is wide spread and widely read, an article, like this, needs to make its way to all foreign, and national, media as well as the foreign embassies, this would hopefully highlight the level of corruption, the lack of, a governor, wanting to change things, and a degree of protection for the media involved.  

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Bjay | 26 February 2017 - 15:22:31

The problem with Corruption on the Island is that it's from top to bottom.Senior official's are involved & all the way down the pecking order!From Land Registry Officials to the local traffic cops! 

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Kurt | 26 February 2017 - 14:04:01

I love PN Phuket Opinion articles. Sharp and straight to the point.
Question: Present Governor is not just 100 day, but about 200 days in charge of Phuket.
What so far has this Governor done what is good for Phuket and it's citizens?
There is no provincial hall openness  ( korea trip, for what?)
Sometimes conference room table pictures full with officials and a lot of papers of course.
Some talk about .."we think..."...  And that is it.

Governor's stand ( denial) about Phuket corruption is saying something. About the Governor.

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eric dekegel | 26 February 2017 - 11:33:14

Very good article reflecting the way it goes on the island, the governor is average 6 months in charge and at once replaced,strange isn't it? Or he take us all for stupid or he should see an ophthalmologist directly and maybe a hear specialist to. We all have been at least asked for money to get things done on time.
Or does he likes a full list? 

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Asterix | 26 February 2017 - 11:28:17

Who will have the balls to speak out to perhaps a corrupt civil servant who will grass you for favors?
Only a full investigation by special team from Bangkok (Military, NACC, PACC, Ministry of Justice, Department of Revenue, etc...) will be able to seize all computers and databases inside buildings, bank accounts from the civil servants and all clues, to be able to have enough evidences to prosecute the law-breakers.

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