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It is all in the mind!

Re: "Corruption is 'part of Thai mindset'", Politics, March 7.

Corruption has become a part of people's mindset here in Thailand, where "cheating" is tolerated, Chalermchai Boonyaleepun, president of Srinakharinwirot University, said at a seminar on Wednesday. Chalermchai said that, according to a survey he conducted among more than 640,000 students, 47.9 per cent said they had copied assignments and only 43 per cent found this "slightly wrong". Only 7.2 per cent said that if they saw another student cheating they would inform the teacher, while 30.7 per cent would pretend it never happened.

What else can be expected if prominent people are rarely convicted of corruption and are always absent from the sentencing? Six hundred cases of "suspected" corruption of prominent politicians are on the books of the NACC. The amnesty-bill failure to stop investigation does not mean they will see the light of day.

Richard Bowler


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