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Top govt appointees urged to reveal assets

Activists and academics yesterday called for members of the key organisations set up by the junta to disclose their assets to the public in the name of transparency.

They should list their assets and liabilities before, after and during their terms in office to demonstrate their altruism and accountability to the public, said Pramon Sutivong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand.

The entities include the National Council for Peace and Order, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), the National Reform Council and the cabinet.

NLA members Lt-General Kampanart Ruddit, General Teerachai Nakwanich and General Walit Rojanapakdee said they were ready to reveal their finances.

Wallop Tangkananurak, another assemblyman, said declaring assets was the duty of anyone assuming public office, something needed to prevent and control corruption - one of society's key issues that need to be tackled.

No exemptions for members of the junta's administration should be allowed, he said.

The experiences of unusual changes in the assets of permanent secretaries of the Defence and Transport ministries and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra proved the need for regulation of the fortunes of public officials, said Jade Donavanik, dean of Dhurakij Pundit University's law school.


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