By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha has evidently failed to combat corruption in bureaucratic circles over the last eight years since the former army chief seized power, according to a noted academic.
Thammasat University’s law lecturer Prinya Thaewanarumitkul has posted on his Facebook page to allege Prayut of having utterly failed to fight graft and extortion among government personnel, given the latest instance of National Parks, Wildlife & Plant Conservation Department director-general Ratchada Suriyakul na Ayudhya being arrested red-handed with extortionist payoffs in his office.
Ratchada had allegedly extorted and accepted kickbacks from senior officials of his agency in exchange for their not being transferred by him to unpreferable, remote areas in the provinces.
Nevertheless, Prayut who had publicly pledged to eradicate corruption in bureaucratic circles after he had orchestrated the 2014 coup has never done enough about it, the Thammasat academic said.
“It has already been eight years since the prime minister himself promised to combat corruption after he had risen to power by way of the coup. Yet, the intransparency issue involving bureaucratic circles has apparently gone from bad to worse,: Prinya said.
Given such failures on the part of the premier, similar malpractices could probably occur in hush-hush fashion at any other government agencies but hearsay about it may not have emerged as yet, he said.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Matichon Weekly
Front Page: Thammasat University’s law lecturer Prinya Thaewanarumitkul. Photo: Thai Rath