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Thailand and Malaysia Strengthen Anti-Corruption Collaboration

In a diplomatic effort to bolster anti-corruption initiatives, Mr. Bhumivisan Kasemsook, Secretary-General of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), engaged in discussions with H.E. Datuk Jojie Samuel, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Thailand, at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok.

The meeting, centered around Thailand’s 2023 PACC Public Relations Project, saw the PACC expressing gratitude for Malaysia’s participation and elucidating its role as a national coordinating body against corruption. Secretary-General Kasemsook emphasized the establishment of the Public Service Center for Investors and Foreigners, aimed at addressing grievances against misconduct by state officials.

The focal point of the discussion revolved around strategies to enhance trust in Thailand’s public sector operations, particularly to attract Malaysian tourists and investors. Recognizing Malaysia’s effective anti-corruption measures, as reflected in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI 2022), the conversation extended to seeking collaboration in corruption prevention between the two nations.

The Malaysian Ambassador, acknowledging the longstanding positive relations between Thailand and Malaysia, endorsed the cooperation between PACC and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He expressed a willingness to facilitate coordination between the Thai-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and PACC, emphasizing the potential positive impact on the perception of Thai public services and the improvement of Thailand’s CPI score. The collaborative efforts aim to fortify the integrity of both nations’ public sectors and foster a transparent and corruption-free environment.

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