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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    20 August  2012

Thai PM cites index to talk up anti-corruption record


Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra cited yesterday an index by private firm Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) that showed her government's rising efficiency in tackling corruption.

She said that since the government welcomed public complaints on corruption through different channels on July 18, PERC - a consulting firm specialising in business information and analysis for businesses in East and Southeast Asia - had raised her government's anti-corruption efficiency from 6.57 to 7.55.

She was speaking at a function entitled, "Stop Corruption: Mobilising the masses to fight corruption". Yingluck participated in the anti-corruption campaigns by writing a vow to stop corruption on a white wall and transforming pictures and letters by 500 young people.

The government has invited the public to file complaints about corruption through three venues: the 1206 hotline, and the Facebook pages of state agencies such as the Office of the Counter Corruption Commission, the Office of the Anti-Money Laundering Commission, the Department of Special Investigation and the Civil Service Commission.

Post boxes have been installed in various government agencies, bus stations and airports to accept corruption complaints.

The PM said Parliament was set to deliberate an anti-money laundering bill on the second and third readings.

Hotline 1206 has received 342 complaints from the public since it was opened last month.

The government has also assigned every state agency to come up with a proposal to help create transparency in its operations under a project called "One project and one department to prevent corruption".

About 220 proposals have been forwarded by 128 departments, 199 of which were accepted by experts. The remaining proposals, which are yet to be approved, must be improved and resubmitted within this month.

In a related development, the Civil Service Commission is amending its regulations to speed up corruption investigations to be completed within 120 days.

The agency is also drafting regulations requiring the blacklisting of state officials with tainted records, to prevent them from rising to executive posts. Those who are punished on charges of corruption would be banned from being reinstated as state officials.

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