Corruption this, corruption that! From the highest ranks of government to the lowest thugs on the streets, the "C" word is constantly cited as the reason our country will never flourish to its full potential. But don't look to the typical apathetic citizen for solutions, as a 2011 Abac poll found that 64.5 per cent of Thais find corruption acceptable if the government can make the country prosper. And even if you find this ethically degrading, I'm sure all these so-called morals go out the tinted window when you're in a situation where some purple or grey notes can easily get you out of a bind.
So how much can corruption actually affect us?
Well, a lot, if you believe recent statistics released by the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT), quoting a study by US-based Global Financial Integrity, which found that an average of 192.6 billion baht illegally flowed out of Thailand between 2001 and 2010. This absurd amount was income from corrupt practices such as crimes, the drug trade and tax evasion.
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