[ap-intact] INFO: Thai graft buster laments losing battle with corruption culture

Thailand's battle against corruption will be lost unless there is a fundamental shift in Thai politics and culture, an anti-graft official said. “Everywhere in Thailand there are conflicts of interest,” said Vicha Mahakun, a commissioner with the National Anti-Corruption Commission.  At the heart of the issue is the political patronage system in which campaigning politicians spend money and make promises in exchange for votes and then raid state coffers once in office, Vicha said.

Read the story by Chris Blake and Suttinee Yuvejwattana, in Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-01/thai-graft-buster-laments-losing-battle-with-corruption-culture

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