December 10, 2005. Statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday revived
the King's famous quote reminding people to stick to moral principles,
and suggested weeding out the ''bad eggs'' responsible for deep-rooted
corruption. Doing good deeds in a society filled with wealth-oriented
values is very hard to achieve, Gen Prem said.
he said society is encouraged to keep alive virtues, referring
to the His Majesty the King's speech to the nation in 1969 stressing
the importance of moral integrity and preventing the morally corrupt
from entering the corridors of power.
can make everyone good people. To keep the nation in order, it
is not necessary to make everyone good people, but order depends
on our strong support for good people, who must be given the opportunity
to rule the nation, control and prevent bad people from seizing
power and causing trouble,'' Gen Prem, also the head of the Privy
Council, said, quoting a King's speech.
chief privy councillor was speaking yesterday at Suranari Technology
University to members of local administrative bodies attending
a workshop brainstorming ways to expand the anti-graft network.
are more than 8,000 local administrative bodies nationwide, consisting
of 6,700 tambon administration organisations, 1,200 municipalities,
and 75 provincial administration organisations as well as Bangkok
Office of the Auditor-General last month revealed its recent finding
that road and construction projects overseen by some administrative
bodies were all undermined by corruption.
wider society, politicians and state officials have still been
questioned by the media and university scholars for alleged policy-oriented
may have heard the King's quote more than ten times, and even
100 times for some people who remembered it by heart. But no-one
has actually put it into practice,'' said Gen Prem, who is also
the honorary president of the Clean Thailand Foundation aimed
at financing causes devoted to eradicating corruption.
about the bad people, he said, society cannot ''let them walk
Prem suggested social sanctions as a way to punish unethical politicians
and businessmen who should be shunned. There was no need or merit
in associating with them and they deserved swift legal punishment.
are rich, but if their wealth was obtained in a cunning way, their
high status deserves no admiration, Gen Prem said. ''Money is
not a gauge of one's morality,'' he said.