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Thai Public Sees Corruption Same or Worse Under Junta Rule



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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Addressing an audience on anti-corruption day in Bangkok in Sep 2016. – Photo Anti Corruption Digest

BANGKOK – According to a survey released on Thursday by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand, Corruption has got worse in Thailand under Junta Rule.

The Corruption Situation Index (CSI) points to a worsening of corruption, despite the junta’s longstanding claim that the 2014 coup was aimed at eliminating widespread corruption.

In 2014 Prayuth launched a coup to stamp out Corruption, reform the political structure, the economy and the society.

In a survey conducted last December, 37 per cent of respondents said corruption had increased from the year before, 33 per cent said it had remained the same, and only 30 per cent said it decreased. The survey questioned 2,400 Thai residents, business people and government officials nationwide.

Asking about the outlook for corruption this year, 48 per cent said it would increase, 27 per cent believed it would stay at the same level, while 23 per cent thought it would lessen. About 2 per cent said they had no idea.

The top five causes of corruption as identified by respondents were: State officials have too much discretionary power as authorized by laws, there is a lack of transparency in the political system and there are obstacles to scrutinizing it, law enforcement is weak, there is a lack of good governance and mechanisms to ensure checks and balances are ineffective, and there are complicated regulations within government agencies.

Major type of corruption identified by respondents included bribery, nepotism and favoritism, policy corruption, collusion of government projects and kickbacks.

The release of the survey coincided with a scandal over luxury wristwatches involving a very senior junta Cabinet minister.

Source: The Nation

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