Defining “corruption”

PPT is always a little reluctant to post about articles that appear at the National News Bureau of Thailand. In addition to being the junta’s propaganda site, the language used in both Thai and English reports tends to be vague.

However, this particular report seems to suggest the political “nuance” of “corruption” under the junta. It is not surprising that The Dictator is the chair of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). He is now painted by some toadies as campaigning against corruption. But what kind of corruption?

Indeed, this particular report states that General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared that the NACC should not “treat corruption as a trivial matter.” We wonder if that has been the case? We do know that, like all “independent” organizations, is politicized. But it has been zealous in chasing down the regime’s political opponents.

The Dictator further declared that the NACC “tackle the problem of corruption by focusing on prevention and suppression measures and also raising public understanding of the issue.”

He strategically added: “since some people have been distorting information related to certain corruption cases on social media, the NACC will need to work proactively against them while preparing measures to prevent and prosecute any future wrongdoing.”

It seems that the NACC is now in charge of hunting down whistle blowers and those who reveal the regime’s corruption and nepotism.

General Prayuth “also emphasized the significance of fostering a correct understanding of the corruption problem among public members.” We guess that this means “understanding” that “corruption” is something that is committed by others outside the families of members of the regime.

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