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Policy-level corruption rife, anti-graft body says

Policy-level corruption rife, anti-graft body says

BANGKOK: Policy-level corruption remains rife in Thailand despite progress being made to address the issue, according to the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT).

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 7 December 2022, 02:43PM

People join a ‘Zero Tolerance’ rally to mark the National Anti-Corruption Day on Sept 6. The rally was organised by the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

People join a ‘Zero Tolerance’ rally to mark the National Anti-Corruption Day on Sept 6. The rally was organised by the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

ACT secretary-general Mana Nitmitmongkol posted on Facebook yesterday (Dec 6) that policy-level corruption committed by politicians and corruption in state megaprojects remains high, reports the Bangkok Post.

Corruption in the bureaucratic system has been slightly reduced due to the rejection of graft by many among the new generation of civil servants, tougher rules and regulations, more resistance from the public and technological advancements, Mr Mana noted.

“It’s only been reduced very slightly and slowly because of a lack of attention on the part of agency leaders at different levels as well as certain corporate cultures such as the patronage system and authoritarianism,” he said.

Mr Mana said evidence revealed large amounts of money were being illegally transferred in and out of Thailand each year - an estimated B400 billion leaving the country and B200bn entering.

“Moreover, legal action against people involved in corruption proceed very slowly. In several cases, public prosecutors decided to drop cases while some were found guilty by the courts but were given suspended sentences,” he said. “Some have had their jail terms reduced, not to mention the problem of offenders being protected by those in power.”

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This year, the Anti-Money Laundering Office concluded that cases involving abuse of power by state officials are likely to be linked to other offences, including money laundering, drug trafficking and illegal gambling, with state officials complicit, Mr Mana wrote.

But studies show that several new-generation politicians elected to local organisations tend to work in line with the principles of good governance and attach importance to public participation, he added.

He also wrote that the government established agencies to pursue information and technological development and innovations, such as the Government Big Data Institute, the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre, the National Innovation Agency, and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency.

The website provides information on government spending and an e-government procurement system, he said, adding this can support economic development and justice.

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Kurt | 08 December 2022 - 09:48:40

Projecting the overstay cases of 2 old american pensionados on behavior of these 3 Immigration Generals, the balance of justice and compassion/feeling is not there. After reading about these 3 generals i thought about the 8 day overstaying American, dragged to court. Will these Generals ever see a court inside?

Kurt | 08 December 2022 - 09:35:16

And corruption remains rife? On Phuket it is growing, and more and more openly corrupt Hi-So's get the space to do what they want. People who can make the difference are or toothless, ignoring thai laws, or corrupt and take the bribes .

Kurt | 08 December 2022 - 09:02:24

BP today: 3 Immigration Generals, with the help of a chinese criminal syndicate, to bribes for issue of 3325 visas a 100,000 - 300,000 bht each for chinese nationals who came on tourist visa ( 30 days) to Thailand. Corruption seems to start at very high government levels in Thailand.

Capricornball | 07 December 2022 - 18:01:33

They cannot fix a broken corrupt government with a broken and corrupt government. The greed-fueled corruption runs very deep at all levels of government, and it appears to be insurmountable. Corrupt officials will never crack down on other corrupt officials that are all playing the same game. A relative handful of the population sinking the entire country. Very sad indeed.

Old guy | 07 December 2022 - 15:28:49

If the whole fish is completely rotten, the solution is not to foolishly try and fix a small rotten section but, to throw out the rotten fish and start over with another. 


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