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Phuket named least corrupt province in the country

Phuket named least corrupt province in the country

PHUKET: Phuket has been named the least corrupt province in the country in a national annual assessment of government agencies by the National anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

By The Phuket News

Friday 10 December 2021, 01:37PM

Suksan Prasara-ae, Director of the NACC office in Phuket, presented a plaque commemorating the accolade to Phuket Vice Governor Piyawong Choowong at a meeting held at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Dec 9), marking International Anti-Corruption Day.

In total, Phuket’s provincial assessment score was 94.06 points. “Which is the highest average score in the country,” Mr Suksan said yesterday.

In this year’s assessment, Phuket pipped Nakhon Sawan to the top spot. Lopburi ranked third. Phang Nga ranked ninth. Krabi did not make the top 15.

Last year, Phuket ranked 25th in the national assessment, Mr Suksan noted.

The achievement marked Phuket being awarded “AA” (“double A”) status under International Transparency Assessment (ITA) guidelines, after assessment of integrity and transparency in the operation of government agencies, Mr Suksan explained.

He highlighted seven local government bodies for their contribution to Phuket receiving the award: Phuket City Municipality, Cherng Talay Municipality,  Koh Kaew Municipality, Wichit Municipality, Pa Khlok Municipality, Thepkrasattri Tambon Administrative Organization (OrBortor) and Patong Municipality.

After receiving the award on behalf of the province, Vice Governor Piyapong presided over a declaration of intent to combat corruption and announced a no-gift policy, or a gift for performing duties, and reminded the officials present of the policy for government officials in the Phuket area to act with integrity .

As part of the proceedings the officials present were shown a video of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha making the same declaration of intent to mark 

International Anti-Corruption Day, this year observed in Thailand under the theme, “Don’t do it, don’t tolerate it, don’t ignore it, join Thais against cheating.”

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At the meeting yesterday Phuket was also announced as one of 11 provinces under a pilot project to encourage public participation in the fight against corruption.

Present to make the announcement were Pracha Terat, Chairperson of the Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Subcommittee on Strengthening and Enhancing Civil Society Participation, and Tossaporn Ratanamasthip, of the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ National Defence Studies Institute.

The other provinces involved in the pilot project were Saraburi, Amnat Charoen, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Buriram, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Trat, Mr Pracha explained.

The campaign is part of the national reform activities combined under the government’s “Big Rock” platform, Mr Pracha said.

The meeting was then called a “workshop” to support and drive public participation in anti-corruption through which the PACC is working together with the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) and the Phuket Provincial Anti-Corruption Action Center, Mr Pracha added.

“This forum was organized to be a forum for exchanging information on the situation of Phuket in related matters, such as the results of the assessment of integrity and transparency in the operation of government agencies [the ITA Awards], and the implementation of related policies and measures on the prevention and suppression of corruption of government agencies,” he said.

“Public participation in surveillance and recommendations on the mission of government agencies according to the principles of good city management service helps network partners to promote good governance against corruption and support the work of the provincial community organizations,” Mr Pracha noted.

“It also showcases the origins and importance of Big Rock, promoting public participation in the fight against corruption under the revised national reform plan the prevention and suppression of corruption and misconduct,” he said.

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skorchio | 12 December 2021 - 15:39:50

Which Cheangwat came last? 

[Only top 15 were named. Singburi ranked 15th -- Ed]

christysweet | 12 December 2021 - 13:23:05

There's noting wrong with being a sex worker which is actually sensibly legal in Thailand. It's the bar owners pimping 'bar fine'  that is the illegality and  on which corruption is based upon. 

Kurt | 12 December 2021 - 12:20:54

@reality check,  Excuse the farangs who comment on something Thai Officialdom draw attention for themselve. Isn't deep sad and to laugh about how idiot/childish it is that Thai themselve keep/register scores of their corruption and even hand out awards? Such national (annual?) corruption assessment is asking for comments. See the photos, who would take this charade serious?

Capricornball | 12 December 2021 - 10:29:09

@Christy - foreign men are certainly the primary target audience for prostitution (Thai men equally so), but the foundation rests with Thai business men that want nothing but more baht, and are willing to sell out the mothers and daughters of Thailand (even their own) to help them achieve it. Certain Patong business men dealing in vice on Bangla, and the cops that facilitate it are the roots

reality check | 12 December 2021 - 09:07:35

I get really tired of farangs commenting on how corrupt Thailand is.  Please tell me what government isn't corrupt.  I would love to know.

Den Alder | 11 December 2021 - 11:18:41

I am sure they bribed Nakhon Sawan to be first.

christysweet | 11 December 2021 - 10:58:29

I would say the foundation of corruption is illegal prostitution as in  3rd party profiteering aka pimping in way of  'bar fine' and that's on foreign men.  

Timothy | 11 December 2021 - 10:47:42

That's hilarious. They are giving themselves an award for being 'least corrupt' in a building that sat unfinished for years due to corruption! They claimed the 450 million baht budget ran out due to "financial mismanagement", which is corruption plain and simple. No real investigation as to where the money went, they just asked for more and got it. 

maverick | 11 December 2021 - 09:58:49

Who feeds the corruption ? Surely not the farangs living here ? Cops, visa agents, all willing beneficiaries - so much hypocracy 

christysweet | 11 December 2021 - 09:36:33

Yes we handed out surveys to City Hall  office staffers and asked them to sign their names... 

JohnC | 11 December 2021 - 08:44:19

Surely this has to be a joke. How can poor farming provinces with nil tourism like Sakon Nakon, Nakon Phanom, etc., have more corruption than what must be Thailand's richest province outside Bangkok? Who do they think they are fooling? Only themselves me thinks! LOL

SueYu2 | 10 December 2021 - 20:38:54

Corruption is a way of life here. They must be getting better at not being caught.

Fascinated | 10 December 2021 - 19:01:24

I just checked the date to make sure it wasn't 1 April. If Phuket is the least corrupt I feel saddened for the rest of the country. Still corrupt but not as corrupt as elsewhere- classic, especially given its source. As for reporting corruption I reported illegal logging in the Kamala area and nothing happened  (other than someone probably got a new car).

Kurt | 10 December 2021 - 17:55:08

Just commemorating a scale of Thai corruption is saying it all.
Full steam ahead again, Phuket, when the tourists return. Starting after arriving Phuket airport to experience the transport maffia. Clearly not taken inconsideration during plague handing out. What a farce.

Kurt | 10 December 2021 - 17:47:57

Getting a plaque, award, for least corrupted province, just because the whole Phuket corrupt, scamming tourist sector lays on it's back and is quite a while not able to prolong corruption very much due to absence of tourists? What a joke to see that full hall with 'believers'.

mattysiam | 10 December 2021 - 17:38:24

If that's true I can't even begin to imagine the scale of corruption on other provinces!

H2538 | 10 December 2021 - 15:11:50

Tell that to the '"old hands" living on Phuket....

Foot | 10 December 2021 - 13:52:37

Not being able to extort visitors makes it more difficult to be corrupt. Not to worry, though. If COVID ends and tourist return in a few years, Phuket will be back on top.


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