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Chuwit fights corruption: 396 police stations + 5.8 billion baht

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Maverick politician Chuwit Kamolvisit puts up 2000 signs around Bangkok to make sure people don't forget about corruption. 

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Chuwit targets police station scandal

15 Feb 2013
Online Reporters

BANGKOK - A large sign drawing attention to alleged corruption in the construction of police stations nationwide has gone up near the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Pathum Wan district of Bangkok.

Maverick politician Chuwit Kamolvisit says the sign is one of 2,000 that a team from his Rak Thailand Party plans to erect around the capital.

The message on the sign near the police headquarters says: "396 police station projects with a budget of 5.848 billion baht. Don't let corruption continue". It is the 1,521st sign to go up, according to Mr Chuwit.

The 2,000 posters of different sizes will not be taken down until the culprit in the construction scandal is identified, he said.

A police panel probing the allegations of the fraud said on Thursday that its initial investigation had found no evidence of corruption.

The Department of Special Investigation has also been looking into the award of the huge construction contract to a single company, Chiang Mai-based PCC Development and Construction. Most of the work remains unfinished nearly three years after the contract was awarded.

Mr Chuwit questioned the haste of the Royal Thai Police panel's investigation, and asked why its conclusion did not match that of the DSI.

He also claimed that municipal officers had been tearing down some of his posters, but said this would not keep him from his goal of exposing the scandal.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Chuwit targets police station scandal, 15 Feb 2013, Online Reporters, link


Anti-Corruption Campaign Vocabulary

scandal - a situation in which famous and important people act in a shocking way that is immoral or dishonest เรื่องฉาวโฉ่
police station scandal

target - to deliberately try to attack someone or something เป้าหมาย
Chuwit targets police station scandal

draw attention to - make people see, look at, think about or pay attention to something
a sign drawing attention to corruption

alleged - claimed, but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
alleged corruption

construction - the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
nationwide - throughout a whole country ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
the construction of police stations nationwide

a large sign drawing attention to alleged corruption in the construction of police stations nationwide

maverick - an independent person with ideas and behaviour different from other people, a nonconformist ผู้เป็นอิสระ, ผู้ไม่ฝักใฝ่ฝ่ายใด, ผู้แยกตัว
maverick politician
maverick politician Chuwit Kamolvisit

sign - signboard  แผ่นป้ายโฆษณา, ป้ายประกาศ
a sign has gone up near the police station

erect  - lift up, raise, set up ทำให้ตั้งขึ้น
erect signs

capital  - เมืองหลวง
around the capital

Rak Thailand Party plans to erect signs around the capital.

headquarters
- the place where an organisation or company has its main offices สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
police headquarters

message - what someone is saying to you; the meaning they are trying to get you to understand เนื้อความ, เนื้อหา, ความหมาย
The message on the sign near the police headquarters

budget - an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ (See Wikipedia)
396 police station projects with a budget of 5.848 billion baht. Don't let corruption continue

culprit - the person responsbie for something bad happening
identified - named ระบุชื่อ
The 2,000 posters of different sizes will not be taken down until the culprit in the construction scandal is identified, he said.

allegations - accusations; when someone claims that another person or organisation is doing a bad thing ข้อกล่าวหา
fraud
- the crime of gaining money by tricking or lieing การโกง การตุ้มตุ๋น (See Wikipedia) การปลอมแปลง การฉ้อโกง การหลอกลวง เล่ห์เพทุบาย
allegations of fraud

panel - a group of people brought together to discuss, investigate, and give advice on a subject
a police panel

probe - investigate (check for problems and to find out what happened)
a police panel probing the allegations of  fraud

evidence - facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน; หลักฐานประกอบการไต่สวนคดี หรือพิจารณาคดี

evidence of corruption
the panel found no evidence of corruption

initial - early, first; happening at the beginning of a process ในเบื้องต้น
investigation - try to find out what happened during an event, find out all the details or facts; discover the truth การสอบสวน การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
initial investigation

its initial investigation had found no evidence of corruption

award - to official give someone a contract ได้รับ
contract - a written (or oral) agreement that is legally binding สัญญา
award a contract - give an agreement for some work to do to a company (which bidded for the contract, against others)

looking into -
investigating; checking carefully for problems
looking into
the award of the huge construction contract to a single company

the work remains unfinished
most of the work remains unfinished nearly three years after the contract was awarded

conclusion - a final decision; something that you decide is true after consider all the evidence and thinking about it carefully การสรุป,บทสรุป
match - to look the same as or very similar to something else ซึ่งไม่คู่ควร
its conclusion did not match that of the DSI

haste - (too much) speed ความรีบเร่ง
Mr Chuwit questioned the haste of the Royal Thai Police panel's investigation, and asked why its conclusion did not match that of the DSI.

municipal - of a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
officers - high ranking managers in a company or organization
municipal officers

tear down - remove
tearing down some of his posters

expose -
to show the public that something bad exists or happened
expose the scandal

his goal of exposing the scandal

He also claimed that municipal officers had been tearing down some of his posters, but said this would not keep him from his goal of exposing the scandal.

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