Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul stated that Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had instructed the Ministry of Interior and other relevant agencies to take serious action against corruption practices involved with examinations to recruit local officials and employees.
The instruction came after the Prime Minister had received complaints that candidates sitting for examinations to work in local administrative bodies were asked for bribes.
Ms. Traisulee urged the candidates to be careful, as they might be deceived and fall prey to illegal acts. A central committee for local authority examinations has been set up to handle this issue in order to tackle problems concerning nepotism, unfairness, and corruption.
She said that the Prime Minister wanted local official and employee exams to be transparent and fair, so that good and knowledgeable persons would be appointed to work as staff of local administrative bodies.
Those who ask for bribes in local official and employee exams will be subject to imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, or both.
The Prime Minister stressed that anyone involved with corruption in local officials and employee exams must face legal action. Officials who abused their power and failed to perform their duties would also be punished.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department