Indonesia's corruption commission has powers that Thailand's could only dream of and actually puts corrupt government officials and MPs behind bars.
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An existential horror by Voranai Vanijaka
...Apparently, one of the reasons corruption in Thailand is rampant and rarely checked is because not even the National Anti-Corruption Commission has the power to stop it
Mohammad Jasin, vice-chair of Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), for approximately 10 minutes, explained his commission's 100% conviction rate. His commission has the power to investigate and to prosecute, and even to take over cases from the police if need be.
Sixteen members of parliament have been convicted, 26 cases are still ongoing and four deputies. And a former chief of the . Six ministers and others of ministerial level have been convicted. Twenty district mayors and heads. One governor of the central banknational police.
If there's one thing I've learned from the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference from Nov 10-14 which finished in Bangkok yesterday, it's that perhaps Thailand needs to be more like Indonesia. This is not to say that Indonesia and KPK don't have flaws, but it is to say that they are doing a lot better than we are...
....Mr Jasin showed the conference a picture of televised court proceedings. Yes, the entire country gets to watch the court doing its job. How's that for transparency
In Thailand? We have to smuggle video clips.
Mr Jasin also spoke of how ''dark forces'' are trying to limit the power of, or even do away with the KPK. On learning of this, the people of Indonesia took to the streets in droves in support of the KPK
Why? Because the KPK has set an example, has given them hope, has shown it can be done, and so the people stood up
This is not to say Indonesia and the KPK don't have their flaws. The KPK is still quite limited in its powers, and is no stranger to controversy itself. But it sure is doing a lot better than Thailand and the National Anti-Corruption Commission...
(Source: Bangkok Post, An existential horror, 14/11/2010, Voranai Vanijaka, link)
Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) - the government agency in charge of finding corrupt politicians and government officials and bringing legal cases against them to punish them (See Wikipedia and website)
corruption - (See Wikipedia on bribery, corporate corruption, and political corruption)
National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) - an independent agency of the Thai government "responsible for the ethical conduct, financially or otherwise of elected politicians and civil servants. The commission have both powers of investigation and prosecution." (From Wikipedia; see website) คณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชา
rampant - very common and spreading in an uncontrolled way รุกลาม อาละวาด กำเริบ รุนแรงจนควบคุมไว้ไม่ได้
rarely - not happening often นานๆ ครั้ง, ไม่บ่อย
checked - stopped, ended or at least controlled
power - the ability to control a situation or events อำนาจ
convicted (adjective) - proven in a court of law to have committed a crime, proven guilty การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิดจริง
conviction (noun) - when someone is officially found to be guilty of a particular crime การพิสูจน์ว่ากระทำผิด
conviction rate - the percentage of cases in which the accused person is found guilty, the percentage of cases successfully prosecuted
commission - a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
prosecute - to official accuse someone of a crime and to try to prove them guilty in a trial in a court of law (if they are found guilty they are punished) ดำเนินคดี ฟ้องร้อง ซักฟอก การตั้งข้อหา
take over X from Y - take X from Y and do it yourself
ongoing - currently happening, happening at the present moment; continuing ไม่หยุดยั้ง, ต่อเนื่อง
14th International Anti-Corruption Conference - an international conference on corruption that took place in Bangkok last week (Nov 10-13) (See website: http://14iacc.org/ and article)
flaws - mistakes, things that are not perfect about something
televised court proceedings - when the court case and trial are shown on TV
transparency - when the public can see clearly what is happening, nothing is hidden, an honest way of doing things that allows other people to know exactly what you are doing ความโปร่งใส
smuggle - to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally ลักลอบนำเข้า
video clips - the short videos found on Youtube
limit power Y - control and stop Y from getting powerful
do away with - end, stop, eliminate, get rid of
support - help, by giving money, for example สนับสนุน
no stranger to - is familiar with, has experienced
controversy - a disagreement, especially about a public policy or a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about ความขัดแย้ง ประเด็นข้อขัดแย้ง