As a new museum focusing on political corruption opens in the capital Bangkok, Thai law authorities have put in place a new anti corruption law that carries the death penalty for state officials found guilty of corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand scheduled the opening ceremony of the National Museum of Political Corruption to coincide with National Anti-Corruption Day on 6 September 2015.
The museum will highlight 10 major corruption cases which have occurred in Thailand and cost massive loss and damage to the country.
Among these are the police station construction fraud case, the Bangkok Film Festival case, the Klong Dam water treatment scheme fraud, the primary school futsal pitch scandal, the Longan scandal, the police booth LED advertising signboards fraud and the grey-market automobile case.
The museum will show the public how, in each case, the corrupt individuals involved had perpetrated their schemes, with the aim of educating people against any similar such machinations in the future and to not allow corrupted figures to gain a foothold in the country.
Pramon Suthiwong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand, said the message being sent out was a warning to the public that corruption unchecked can severely damage and cripple and entire nation.
According to the organization, the governments next step in the battle against corruption will involve the establishment of a master plan that will set up careful strategies and wide ranging measures to tackle corruption in all forms. The plan will also urge all Thais to take a more proactive role in fighting corruption.
In mid July, the Secretariat of Thailands cabinet released a new anti corruption law that carries the death penalty for state officials found guilty of corruption. An amendment to the existing Anti-Corruption Act 1999, the new law was passed by the National Legislative Assembly and published in the Royal Gazette on July 9.
Depending on the severity of an offence, a state official found guilty of corruption can face five to 20 years or life in prison, or a fine of Bt100,000 to Bt400,000, or death.
Thailand is making an effort to address corruption, and for those who are interested in learning more about fighting corruption and how to identify some of the warning signs of corruption then a visit to the new museum would be interesting, said Apisakdi Kongkangwanchoke, spokesman for BSA Law, a leading international law firm in Thailand.
BSA Law is one of many international and Thai law firms in Thailand which offer a range of Thai law, legal, accounting, immigration and auditing services. Some of these firms specialize in assisting foreigners to obtain a Thai visa and/or Thailand work permit, others in tax consulting and filing of personal income tax and still others in starting a business in Thailand.
Foreigners employed in Thailand under a Thailand work permit are required by Thai law to file a Personal Income Tax return the same as their Thai colleagues. Many will turn to the services of firms like BSA Law to handle this for them.