Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission turns 10 today.
A member of the public peruses documents detailing the assets and liabilities of former ministers in the Thaksin government, as released by the National Counter-Corruption Commission.
Its very existence is testament to the endemic corruption that continues to erode local political, economic and social institutions; it is also symbolic of a commitment to tackle the graft that hampers the country’s development and weakens the rule of law.
Graft is commonplace here, from paying off police for bogus traffic offences and making “donations” to school teachers to get basic educational services for school kids, to high-level corruption allegedly involving senior state officials in the procurement of fire trucks and the building of airports. Read more…