Anti Corruption Officials In Thailand Call for Stronger Laws Amid Money Laundering

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) plans to add a clause to the current standing law requiring government officials to report their assets and liabilities before taking office.

The proposed ruling also includes agencies deemed to have high levels of corruption risk as well. Three high-risk agencies were mentioned: the Excise and Revenue departments and the Royal Thai Police, according to NACC President Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit on Friday.

The current law mandates  judicial officials, high-ranking government officials, and politicians to report assets and liabilities, as well as spouses and children under legal age, before assuming any position in office.

Under this new amendment, Prasarnrajkit said: “Submitting asset lists is one of the measures to screen position holders and prevent them from using their position and power for corruption.”

“After inspection, the NACC will publish the lists for the public, allowing them to help look for irregularities, thus effectively making everyone a potential whistleblower,” Prasarnrajkit added at a seminar hosted by King Prajadhipok’s Institute, the Secretariat of the Senate, and the NACC to increase awareness of the updated ruling.