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Phuket officials getting better, says island corruption chief

Phuket officials getting better, says island corruption chief

PHUKET: Phuket officials running afoul of anti-corruption laws when processing procurement contracts are only making honest mistakes, and are getting better at it, says the island’s anti-corruption chief.

By The Phuket News

Friday 1 April 2022, 10:00AM

NACC Phuket Chief Suksan Prasara-ae explaining how Phuket officials were making honest mistakes in handling procurement contracts yesterday (Mar 31). Photo: PR Phuket

NACC Phuket Chief Suksan Prasara-ae explaining how Phuket officials were making honest mistakes in handling procurement contracts yesterday (Mar 31). Photo: PR Phuket

Suksan Prasara-ae, Director of the Phuket office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), reported the good news at a meeting at the old Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Mar 31), chaired by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew.

Mr Suksan reported that an analysis of the complaints filed with the NACC Phuket office saw complaints about corruption involving land as the most common complaint filed.

Complaints about corruption involving procurement fraud ranked second.

Complaints about abuse of power by officials and officials’ derelict of duty ranked third, Mr Suksan said.

No details of complaints regarding corruption involving land or abuse of power by Phuket officials were provided.

Instead, Mr Suksan defended Phuket officials in their honest mistakes involving procurement contracts.

“From the results of a survey conducted in the fiscal year 2020, it was found that the cause of the problem of corruption in procurement by local government organisations in the Phuket area was that some of the complaints arose from personnel on procurement duties who did not have knowledge and expertise in supplies,” Mr Suksan said.

“This resulted in non-compliance with the rules stipulated in the law on procurement and management of government supplies without any fraudulent intent and as a channel for the authority to use as a tool for exploitation,” he added.

In particular, issues arose with the appointment of personnel not familiar with the procurement procedures and newly instated government officials, he said.

“In order to solve the problem of corruption complaints in procurement, the NACC Office in Phuket conducted training to provide knowledge and precautions in the performance of supplies,” Mr Suksan continued.

“After the training in this matter, it was found that the officers were more knowledgeable and thus reduced the corruption,” he said.

Note: This is not an April Fool’s story

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Kurt | 03 April 2022 - 19:27:45

the truth play no role in Thailand. The hierarchy is: 1 Mother, 2 Family, 3 Village, 4 Buddha. 5 Money. After that it is a free field to play, depend on mindsetting and circumstances. A foreigner mostly has no place in all of it, unless he plays a financial contributing role they can hold on. Tourists never come that far to find out.

christysweet | 03 April 2022 - 12:08:08

Thailand: The Soviet Union of SE Asia. Just lie, lie, lie until no one even recognizes the truth anymore. 

Kurt | 02 April 2022 - 11:42:46

Mr Suksan said,"Conducted training, providing knowledge and etc. in perfomance of supplies". What supplies he talk about? Suksan should tell Phuketians how many hundreds of clean/honest officers he has now on the task to fight infamous Phuket corruption. 'Nonsense Training in Words', adding "honest mistakes" is not what we are waiting for.

JohnC | 02 April 2022 - 09:56:45

Yes, officials are getting better. Getting better at finding new creative ways to get their hands on bribes and kickbacks when the old ways are too blatantly obvious.

Apirath | 01 April 2022 - 23:46:01

Pooliekev: I used to live near a road side restaurant in the outskirts of Bangkok that remained open, remained noisy to be correct, until late. Thought I’d complain to the police. Then I figured out who in the first place allowed it to be open until that late as 3am so there’s no use complain’. You can’t as long as someone stands to gain

Apirath | 01 April 2022 - 21:47:33

It was a special kind of honest mistakes that would result in ill-gotten gains, without which there’d be perhaps no mistakes at all, honest or whatever

Pooliekev | 01 April 2022 - 19:48:06

'And what about the money that all bars and discoteques in Banglà road have to pay to remain opened after the legal hour? This money go to who?' Charity

megamind | 01 April 2022 - 18:38:02

And what about the money that all bars and discoteques in Banglà road have to pay to remain opened after the legal hour? This money go to who?

Capricornball | 01 April 2022 - 14:03:55

Of course...not corruption...just misunderstandings (insert rolling eyeballs emoji).  This rings very similar to the prostitution probes that invariably determine that "there is no prostitution!".  I just think the absence of people of integrity in government circles just renders every "probe report" as not worth paying attention to.

Fascinated | 01 April 2022 - 12:19:23

I note the date of the article (and the disclaimer)! god to read there's no corruption, just 'honest' mistakes. I guess his remit doesn't include Kamala where the illegal timber guys even have the temerity to cross load timber with a massive crane not 300m from the police station, in plain view.

christysweet | 01 April 2022 - 10:35:40

So  incompetence [italics] causes corruption now, eh? "Every lie incurs a debt to the truth.." -Valery Legasov

Kurt | 01 April 2022 - 10:14:07

A corruption survey by NACC. Wow! With ranking! Now out of the blue a softening new fantasy phenomenon. That of a 'honest mistakes'. Let's have a drink on that. That 'more knowledgeable', let's see that as a joke.

Nasa12 | 01 April 2022 - 10:03:06

Well Well today it’s a April 1. 


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