Panelists urge anti-graft law

Lax oversight allows state contract bribes Anti-graft advocates yesterday called for tougher regulations on state procurement and hiring along with a new law enabling agencies to combat corruption. Rangsan Sriworasart, permanent secretary for finance, said a new law, if adopted, should target all government agencies, from state enterprises to local administration organisations. Procurement and hiring […]

TDRI slams state’s lack of public information

Nanchanok Wongsamuth Calls for reform of public records law Access to information should be the top priority for Thailand to undergo a reform to tackle corruption, said a researcher at a Bangkok seminar. Deunden Nikomborirak, the research director for economic governance at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said the public should use information as […]

Business lobbies, academics blast rice subsidies, govt’s ‘insincere’ anti-graft sentiments

Some academics and private-sector representatives yesterday slammed the government over its controversial rice scheme and its “insincerity” in tackling the country’s chronic corruption problems. Ammar Siamwalla, a scholar at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said the National Anti-Corruption Commission should consider probing the government for “policy corruption” in the rice-pledging scandal. “Can the NACC […]