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30 April 2011 :: 12:04:49 pm 53414

Thailand Aims To Be A Corruption-Free Society

Chairman of Por Por Chor, a Thai anti-corruption organisation, holds a conference to introduce a new law which claims to protect witnesses testifying against corruption, especially in engineering industry, construction firms and real estate businesses.
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Pattaya, 30th April 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: Office of Prevention and Suppression of Corruption (called ‘Por Por Chor’ in Thai) together with the National Professional Engineering Association, Construction Association and real estate agencies attended a conference, themed “Building the heart of Thailand in a fair and new governance.”

President of Por Por Chor, Panthep Klanarongran chairs the opening ceremony. Representatives from various firms participate in the session, including representative from the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Thailand; the Representatives of Industry Associations; the Representative Association of Critical Engineering Institute of Thailand and other relevant agencies.

Mr. Klanarongran states that the purpose of the conference is to provide strategies for entrepreneurs in businesses such as engineering, construction and real estate where corruption issues escalated.

Corruption is a national issue affecting the economy, society and political development, he added.

The aim of the meeting is to provide knowledge and understanding about corruption practices. It is also a means offer suggestions and brainstorming solutions to the fraud issue, Mr. Klanarongran continues.

He adds by supporting Por Por Chor network , the society will have the potential to become an anti-fraud culture.

Director Professor Pakdee Pothisiri says corruption has become a major issue in construction business where budgets of billions of Baht are lost in large projects. In particular private sectors are most affected and hence these sectors are advised to participate in Por Por Chor. in order to prevent and resolve the exploitation.

Por Por Chor is aim to protect all private sectors and support businesses registered under e-private sector operations, according to the principles of Corporate Governance Ethics Trade Act.

Currently Thailand is a state party of the United Nations Convention on Anti-Corruption (United Nations Convention against Corruption-UNCAC, 2003). Hence it is the state’s duty to review the law regularly.

On April 18, a bill has been announced in regards to the prevention and suppression of corruption in Section 103/2. According to the statement, witnesses, who testify against any corruption practices, will be protected by law under witness protection. The witness will also be given rewards for the information provided.

The above law is the only one that has promised to protect individuals, private organisations or groups of people who are willing to report a corruption without fear of prosecution. It is believed that this law would encourage more witnesses to testify against corruption and hence promote a potential corruption-free society in Thailand.

Thailand Eleventh Most Corrupt Nation Globally

A recent survey conducted by Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) firm shows that Thailand is rated as the eleventh most corrupt nation in Asia-Pacific, while Cambodia leads the list.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Community News

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