Change People’s Attitudes on Corruption

Perceptions of corruption and exploitation are influenced by many factors, like many countries, which include press coverage, people’s awareness of government’s restructurings and personal experiences.

Corruption is also about perception and observation, and who is saying or interpreting it. Many countries have adopted key indicators to measure the effectiveness of their national anti-corruption performance.

Interestingly during Abhisit’s supposed anti-corruption crusades, exposing scandals was common but few sharks were caught. More of an empty boast in tackling corruption, and to satisfy English-based mainstream media in and out of Thailand. In those days, being popular was more of the “in-thing” and the need to harvest support from an unconvinced population.

People then did not really take Abhisit’s initiatives seriously. The Democrat Party was not in the position to set good examples for the commonalities and grassroots to follow.

Companies had repeatedly fail to win a contract or gain any new business because a competitor had extended a generous bride to so-and-so. It is common for public officials then to demand or accept brides, after all, during those days democracy was at its lowest point and the threat of another crackdown or coup if people did not submit to the style of the government.

Now, the country hopes to see progressive changes and works towards sustainable results. We know that the government of today brings together people from all walks of life to provide services with high ethical standards in accordance with Prime Minister Yingluck’s anti-corruption principles.

Many do not want a return to a life where corruption was norm. Given time and an aggressive enforcement, it’s highly possible to change the attitudes of Thais and foreigners towards being proactive in transparency and accountability.


Posted on: 09/12/2012, by : Areva Aamy
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