Regional study ranks Thailand 10th most corrupt in Asia - IHT, February 27, 2006
A regional survey naming Thailand as the only country in Asia
where corruption has worsened over the past year does not come
as a surprise, anti-corruption advocates said yesterday.
The annual survey by Hong Kong-based think-tank Political and
Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) noted in its report high-level
corruption cases in Thailand, including the recent sale of a Shin
Corp stake by the family of Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra...
Tortrakul also noted the high-profile case of Khunying Jaruvan
Maintaka, who was kept from holding office as auditor general
for nearly 18 months, is an indication of the Thaksin administration's
lack of resolve to deal with corruption.
"Khunying Jaruvan knows many cases that could push the prime
minister out of office," Tortrakul said. "And she has
said publicly that her knowledge of the prime minister's wife's
buying of government land, although unintentionally, is the reason
she was being forced out," Tortrakul said.
"People are aware...of all these corruption allegations,
but it seems the government continues to be able to work to avoid
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