One of the most corrupt countries in the world. Why? Because in 99.9% of the cases they get away with it.
If you are unusually rich nobody asks any questions. There might be a headline every now and then but more than 99% of the wrongdoers get away with it.
I did not say which country.
Imagine a country where the politicians believe that a national election is a mandate from the people to be corrupt.
Imagine a country where an election is seen as an egoist struggle for personal privileges.
Imagine a country where scandals have no consequences.
Imagine a country where neither the people nor the prosecuting authorities react to scandals.
A mandate to be corrupt. Empowered by the people to do exactly what they want.
Democracy will only work if the people are mature enough to separate between good and bad.
Democracy will only work if the people truly care about the country they live in.
Democracy will only work if the people understand moral issues.
There will be no peace. They will keep fighting for personal privileges as they have always done.
Corruption is part of the system.
Not even a single elected politician has ever tried to fight corruption.
Not even the ones that pretend to be the good guys.
Thailand: The fat cats can milk the fat cows as long as they hold the right positions in the public sector. Those who hold the right positions can be found in every village throughout the country. They can do pretty much what they want because the citizens remain passive. Believe it or not, the citizens actually remain passive even when highly illegal acts are carried out. When a population is passive there will always be certain individuals taking advantage of that. Democratic imbalance occurs when public opinion is absent from the process of governance. There is no public opinion in Thailand and that is why scandals makes no difference to people holding the right positions in the public sector.
Yingluck: I did what I did under a mandate given to me by the people.
Thaksin, 10 years ago: How can we be wrong? We are the government.
Theoretically it is very interesting to study because it showcases how some Asian individuals perceive democracy.
A victory is believed to be a mandate to do exactly what the leader of the winning party wants. The PM will practically own the country as long as he holds office.
Right or wrong? It is not all that simple to answer. Under normal circumstances the people and the press will remove wrondoers from office. One big scandal and you will be looking for a new job. The public opinion will take care of that part. If not the public opinion then the public prosecutors.
Democratic imbalance occurs when public opinion is absent from the process of governance. There actually is no public opinion in Thailand and that is why scandals makes no difference.
Democracy does not work in Thailand. Well, it works, but it will produce someone like Hun Sen.
Why not? It would be the will of the people. Yes, but it would create instability and there would be NO checks and balances.
The only one that can remove wrongdoer is someone like Prayuth.
Who removed Pongpat? Was that a good thing?