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Yingluck and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva


CHIANGRAI TIMES – Yingluck and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva led politicians in a vow against corruption at the rally, hosted by the Coalition Against Corruption which encompasses 30 private organizations including the Stock Exchange of Thailand and the Federation of Thai Industries.

The prime minister said before the rally started that corruption is a serious problem of Thai society and showed her wish for the honesty from all Thais.

She also thanked Senate Speaker, Abhisit, business persons and others who joined the rally, aimed at raising awareness against corruption.

She vowed not to abuse power for own benefits; to honour the laws, professsional rules and social norms; and to build social morals against corruption for the stronger Thailand.

Thai Chamber of Commerce Chairman Pongsak Assakul, acting chairman of the Coalition, said that the rally marks the beginning of the nationwide anti-corruption attempt.

He admitted that the attempt would encounter hurdles, but with cooperation from all the problem would be less severe.

He noted that chiefly, the Coalition will push for measures to reduce corruption involved with public project procurement, in cooperation with the Finance Ministry and the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

“The public would be an integral part. Though the Coalition owns no legal power, but it will campaign for tips from all. With advice from professionals, the bidding process must be more transparent,” he said.

FTI Chairman Payungsak Chartsutipol said that public forces would play a key role in strengthening the movement

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