PM Prayut casts doubt on corruption survey

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Feb. 22) questioned the result of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce survey showing a big spike in corruption last December, pointing out that the selection of members of the sample might not have been widespread, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported.

Gen. Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, head of National Anti-Corruption Commission, said Gen. Prayut questioned whether this was a thorough demographic survey and who were chosen as the sample.

Speaking after meeting Laotian Deputy Prime Minister and head of Anti-Corruption Committee Boonthong Chitmanee, Prime Minister Prayut added that this university’s survey result was astounding and affected the country negatively leading to loss of investment, with the truth being that the corruption index had not tilted that way.

“When an educational institution analyses and surveys and comes up with an index, state agencies or the public have to weigh it because it is a survey of opinion.

“So we want to ask who the members of the sample are, whether the selection was widespread or not,  if not well represented then the result might not be correct – definitely this survey in useful but have to weigh it,” Gen. Watcharapol said.


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