In this regard, the Prime Minister stated that the event demonstrates and emphasizes on the government’s intention and commitment to combat against corruption. Moreover, it helped raise awareness and participation among every sector which; in return, becomes force to achieve the anti-corruption goal. It also boosted nice image of Thailand so that the country is internationally accepted; therefore, national competency is empowered. High competency results in high production capability which attracts foreign investment and eventually enhances sustainable economic growth.
The Prime Minister stated that the government had declared a serious anti-corruption effort under the “1 Department, 1 Anti-Corruption” project or Clean Initiative which requires each ministry, department, and division to propose an anti-corruption project to the government. There were 220 projects being proposed. In this regard, 199 projects from 128 departments and 71 provinces were approved by the committee and eminent persons. There have been 21 projects from 5 provinces left which need to be improved. The approval is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month for transparency. Moreover, people are encouraged to participate in a scrutiny process. People power is the force which develops and changes the country.
The Prime Minister further stated that the government had widened channels for people to complain against corruption so that the channels can be reached by people residing in every area. Those channels serve as active monitoring mechanisms by which people are encouraged to participate in scrutinizing the governmental agencies’ work so that transparency, legitimacy, and reliability are promoted. Any people witness corruption in governmental agencies can complain through following channels such as 1) Anti-Corruption War Room hot line 1206 2) Corruption Complaint Boxes placed at several locations such as the Government House, city halls, bus stations, airports, Central World department store, Krungthai banks, and AIS service centers 3) www.stopcorruption.go.th and Facebook, Twitter, Line, as well as Mobile Application. Those aforementioned three channels created by the government would serve as significant mechanisms to prevent and combat against corruption in an integrated and sustainable manner.
In addition, the establishment of Anti-Corruption War Room in every ministry which was approved by the cabinet on July 24 serves as a mechanism to; first, provide governmental agency’s action plan which is compatible with national strategy on anti-corruption effort; second, collaborate, accelerate, and direct governmental agencies to implement the action plan; third, receive complaints about corruption and omission of duty done by officials in governmental agencies; fourth, work on ethical protection according to Civil Servant’s Code of Ethics; fifth, follow up, evaluate, and provide a report on prevention and anti-corruption effort as well as ethical protection which will be presented to heads of governmental agencies. In the end, the Prime Minister revealed that the government had adopted and followed HM the King’s working direction that an explosion from inside is needed for work. In other words, strength inside a community is required so that the community is ready for development before development from outside is introduced to the community. Never bring development from outside to the community if the latter is not ready. She also requested cooperation from every sector to scrutinize corruption complaint system. Then, the Prime Minister together with the cabinet and civil servants opened Corruption Complaint Box, launched www.stopcorruption.go.th, and took group photos with the cabinet. She also joined in transforming a cheering team into Stop Corruption at Central World Plaza with over 500 representatives from private sector; this symbolized cooperation from every sector to combat against corruption. Then, the Prime Minister led everyone to sign a pledge on White Wall in order to show her strong commitment to stopping corruption, and attended an exhibition on changes for transparency in governmental agencies and outstanding provinces. Moreover, there was a discussion among representatives from academic sector, private sector, and youth under the theme “Thailand’s Corruption Problem and Its Effect on the Country”, as well as a concert from popular singers such as Film Rattapoom, and Por Nattawut.