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PM leads in declaring intention to resist corruption

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led representatives of the government and private sectors, anti-corruption network and civil society in the declaration of intention to resist and reject corruption on the occasion of the International Anti- Corruption Day on Saturday.

He pointed out that corruption problem has been prevalent in the Thai society for time immemorable that corruption has become an acceptable culture such as bribery, the sale of official positions and the public are unable to distinguish public interest from private interest.

To address the problem effectively, he said that all stakeholders in the society must join force to keep watch and to mete out measures to prevent corruption and to impose penalties on those who corrupt.

Representative of the United Nations Jeremy Douglas who joined the event pledged support for the efforts to address corruption in Thailand. Citing the assessment of a network responsible for data regarding honest business practice in Asean, he said that Thailand had made progress in addressing corruption with its private sector showing determination to resist corruption and with the

updating of anti-graft law.

Thailand scored 35 out of 100 marks in the Corruption Perception Index this year which was lower than last year's because democracy was included in the assessment, but it was expected that Thailand would make progress next year with the government determined to score up to 50 marks in the next four years.

Regarding the diamond ring and the expensive wristwatch of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan which have raised public suspicion about how the general has acquired them, Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnratchakit, chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, said that the NACC acting secretary- general was now in the process of informing the deputy prime minister in writing

to make an explanation which can be done in writing or verbally.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)