ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Corruption in Thailand has the junta feeling defensive

Prime minster 'ready for scrutiny' as details of state company scandals emerge

 (placeholder image)
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has offered astrological predictions to back up his personal assurance that his government is clean.   © Reuters

BANGKOK It was an embarrassing start to the year for Thailand. The country's standing in a global corruption ranking has tumbled 25 places in the space of a year, while U.S. and U.K. authorities recently unveiled they had investigated a string of bribery cases involving high-profile Thai state companies.

All of this is particularly unwelcome news for Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The military coup he led in May 2014 used fighting corruption as justification for toppling the elected government.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more