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04 September 2010 :: 15:09:38 pm 37500

Apisit Worries About High Levels of Corruption

Prime Minister Apisit attended a seminar held in Bangkok in order to discuss high levels of corruption in Thailand and ways to stop it happening.
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Bangkok, 4th September 2010O: A seminar was held in Bangkok on the 3rd of September 2010, for the Peoples’ Anti Corruption Network which is one of the Offices of the National Anti-Corruption Commission Projects with Mr. Apisit Vejachiva, the Prime Minister as the president.

Mr. Apisit made a speech that the corruption had been prolonged and is now more difficult to solve the problems. He said most of the time the officials concentrate on the suppression [bringing the criminals to justice] which he thought they had done very well. However, he said “the prevention” was also as important as the “the suppression”. The government has now enticed the citizens to co-operate with the government officers and officials involved in stopping corruption.

The Prime Minister has admitted that corruption is a big problem in Thailand. Even though, the government has been trying to create several infrastructures to reduce the problem, the corruption is still in a serious level. News reports levels of corruptions [either on the national level or on the different regions] has existed all along. He said the outsider such as the Transparency International [TI] had researched and evaluated Thailand and that it was on the “worried and needs to be improved” level.

He added that, although, there were many Anti-corruption organizations in Thailand the results had not been as successful as expected. The Prime Minister made a strong statement that the most worrying thing was the young generation seem to accept corruption as normal. The polls proved that the young generation had agreed that corruption might be a necessary part of becoming successful in life.

Finally, he asked for the citizens from all districts in the country to join the activities of the Anti-corruption campaign.

Editor Notes:

The report from the Corruption Perceptions Index – CPI of the year 2009 had stated that Thailand was no. 84 in the world [with 3.4 marks] equivalent to El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala and India. While New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore and Sweden were the first four countries with less corruption.

The countries with fewer marks were Iraq [1.5], Sudan [1.5], Myanmar [1.4], Afghanistan [1.3] and Somalia [1.1] where most of them have been involved in wars and high political conflicts for some time.

The results have shown that the developed countries have always been in the higher brackets than the developing countries [third world countries]. However, the developed countries must be responsible for the developing countries as well. They should stop bribery when they invest in the poor countries and stop supporting any money laundering for the criminals as being the Safe haven such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

In addition, the developed countries must not remain inactive by supporting their law of keeping the criminals financial details as “private”. They must show their sincerity and co-operate with the poor countries to solve their corruption problems. If every country has done their best to help, I believe the poor people of the developing countries would have better lives.

“IF REDUCING POVERTY IS A SOCIAL PRIORITY, CONTROLLING CORRUPTION MUST BE AN EVEN GREATER ONE”

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