Ms Yingluck and her government’s alleged corruption in the rice-pledging scheme are still going through the court process in a bid to recoup the money the government lost.
More recently, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra was suspended without pay until further notice after allegations of corruption in office. This order was signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after he invoked Section 44 of the interim charter to deal with the matter.
Even more recently, PM Prayut last Sunday (Sept 11), a day that marked national anti-corruption day, announced that Thailand will be free of corruption in 20 years.
It cannot be disputed that PM Prayut and his team are seen to be doing their utmost to clean up corruption when it comes to politics, but there is one area where it is known that corruption exists that is steadfastly ignored.
It would be of greater benefit to the public, and any ruling government, if the Royal Thai Police were seen to be clean of corruption.
It is likely that nearly all residents in Thailand, albeit that not all of them are aware of it, know of someone who has made some kind of payment to avoid being criminally charged with an act of unlawfulness, whether that be within the Royal Thai Police or even the Immigration Bureau.
But these departments appear to be off the radar as far as the war on corruption goes.
Examples of corruption shown to those in attendance at last Sunday’s ceremony included the above mentioned rice-pledging scheme and a B4.3-billion case of value-added tax fraud.
But there was not one mention of corruption being involved in any criminal case despite many believing that in some cases, such as the Red Bull heir killing an off-duty policeman while driving his Ferrari, corruption was involved.
During the said ceremony, the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand called on Thais to be “active citizens” in curbing graft. But if they want that to happen, surely transparency in cases where the public believe corruption has played a role should be explained and relevant departments should be “active citizens” in proving that it has not.