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Phuket officials promise to oppose corruption, reject gifts

Phuket officials promise to oppose corruption, reject gifts

PHUKET: Patong officials led by Mayor Chalermsak Maneesri have vowed to fight corruption and in particular to reject all sorts of gifts as they can also be a form of bribe. The vow was announced as Thailand marked its Anti-Corruption Day 2022 today (Dec 9).

By The Phuket News

Friday 9 December 2022, 05:31PM

Mayor Chalermsak and fellow city officials declared their intention to prevent and suppress corruption as well as to “jointly promote the corporate culture of honesty", said a report by PR Patong. 

“Patong Municipality must be an organisation where all officers refrain from accepting or giving gifts and symbolic presents for performing their duty, including during festivals and any other special occasions,” the report said. 

The main Anti-Corruption Day event on Dec 9 was attended by representatives from all local agencies, including the Phuket Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor, or PPAO). 

The main assembly at the so called Phuket Auditorium at Phuket Provincial hall was led by Governor Narong Woonciew and PPAO President Rewat Areerob. 

The official report by PPAO did not mention any specific vows made by the participants. Civil servants from Patong were the first and for some time th only ones to be precise in what exactly they promised to aim not to do.

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A later report posted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) at around 7pm said that the ’No Gift Policy’ applies to all government officials on the island.

According to the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, Thailand was the 110th least corrupt country in the world out of 18 reviewed in 2021. Thailand scored 35 points out of 100 in the most recent survey. The 2022 report is expected in January.

Several countries got the same number of points as Thailand in the 2021 index. They were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mongolia and Malawi.

The top performers in Asia Pacific are New Zealand (CPI score: 88), Singapore (85) and Hong Kong (76). However, most countries sit firmly below the global average of 43. This includes three countries with some of the lowest scores in the world: Cambodia (23), Afghanistan (16) and North Korea (16),“ said Transparency International report on corruption in Asia Pacific in 2021.

The report did not say anything specifically positive or negative about Thailand. The country is considered to be among those where “the inertia on the index continues.“

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Kurt | 10 December 2022 - 14:22:22

What a hypocrite thai opera show. They all are gigling behind their masks, knowing that no one believes this show as being real. Just another reunion day with drinks and snacks, perhaps free lunch.

Kurt | 10 December 2022 - 14:16:23

Capricornball, didn't just pertain to boys in brown, also not the Immigration boys, now 3 generals under corruption investigation. Also that Agents Visa thing with kick off's to IB officers is stil going on, while the law stipulate a visa holder/requester has to handle this in person! Not on Phuket!

Fascinated | 10 December 2022 - 09:45:31

Just checked the date- thought it was April the First.

JohnC | 10 December 2022 - 09:01:46

Promise to oppose corruption!? Is that even possible here. 'Gifts' of all descriptions, often in plain paper bags, are a part of daily life and doing business. When it is so ingrained in them to not do so is like saying 'I can live without multiple mia nois'. Thailand scored 110th of "18" reviewed. How does that work? If you know NZ you know that top score is suspect so t...

Prab | 10 December 2022 - 08:08:45

Prab do not bribe... he simply donate and that end of story..  as you know we are all stupid and no one knows anything..  anyone who want to build anything in Patong can simply also donate back to Prab and anything will be also possible..   hahhaha 

Old guy | 09 December 2022 - 20:00:05

Capricornball is correct. Graft and corruption is a natural part of everyday life. And, why shouldn't it be? From the lowly policeman doing a license check to those generals selling visas to the Chinese for ฿millions, to luxury estates in Europe.
The corruption stench starts at the head. 

Capricornball | 09 December 2022 - 18:06:26

I'm also guessing this meeting and associated hoopla didn't pertain to the boys in brown. That is how they earn the bulk of their living. From the looks of the fleecing checkpoint north of Kalim this afternoon, the BIBs aren't going to turn their backs on that kind of daily cash frenzy. I'm also guessing that Prab kept a safe distance from that meeting as well.

Capricornball | 09 December 2022 - 17:56:24

"No specific vows made", not surprising. They have grown up with corruption, and they became an integral part of it. I seriously doubt they are all going to "call it quits" on the corruption. The absence of integrity in Phuket officials goes hand in hand with the presence of corruption. It is a way of life here, and is part of the day to day function of business and government.


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