New government urged to get tough on graft

The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has called on the incoming government to get tough on corruption and to make sure that members of the coalition parties do not get involved in corrupt practices.

ACT chairman Mr. Wichien Pongsathorn told a news conference today (Thursday) that the arrival of a new government should be an opportunity to start a vigorous war against corruption with the participation of all parties.

The ACT, he said, has come up with a six-point recommendation to be proposed to the new government for consideration.

The recommendations call for:

  • Disclosure of information about government procurement
  • Transparency and good governance in the government sector
  • No interference in and support for independent organizations
  • Fair and transparent government appointments
  • Continuity in the enforcement of laws and regulations pertaining to state procurements

The ACT also called on the Opposition, the House and the Senate to monitor closely the government’s performance to ensure good governance.

A handful of potential cabinet ministers have already been criticized for their tainted backgrounds and the critics have proposed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reject their nominations by their respective parties.

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