Nongprue officials hosted an anti-corruption seminar for a group of Buri Ram bureaucrats on a junket to the Pattaya area.
Deputy Mayor Suwat Rachatawattanakul, and Anyamanee Khamchan, deputy municipal clerk, welcomed the group from the Lawai Sub-district Administrative Organization in the northeast province’s Prakhon Chai District Jan 19.
Prakhon Chai Deputy Mayor Kien Yeunyong and his delegation watched a video prepared by the Nongprue Public Health Department’s Anti-Corruption Operation Center and listened to additional remarks from Suwat.
(Right) Deputy Mayor Suwat Rachatawattanakul and Deputy Municipal Clerk Anyamanee Khamchan welcome (left) Lawai Deputy Mayor Kien Yeunyong and his team to the corruption prevention seminar.
“Currently, corruption is a problem happening in various countries including developing nations and underdeveloped countries,” he told them. “Corruption has become one of the most important problems of many countries and it still exists and has become more complicated, although many countries have moved to modernize with new-style management systems that show corruption is linked to the poverty problem and really obstruct development.
“For Thailand, it is known that corruption has been one of the major problems affecting the country’s development. It caused some Thai people to think corruption is normal and acceptable. It generated a myth that a powerful person always cheats,” he continued.
He said more than 80 percent of businesses and merchants engage in corruption or bribery, inflating costs for the government and public, noting that, in the past, investigation of graft was minimal.
“In summary, corruption is the root of many problems. The best way to prevent the problem is to understand the causes and raise awareness of government officers and local politicians to be aware of loving the country and to be concerned about people’s problems.”