BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s traffic policemen will get money in return for refusing bribes, police said on Thursday, part of the junta’s efforts to combat what it has called an ingrained culture of corruption within the force.
The army seized power in May after months of protests aimed at ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first female prime minister, saying it needed to restore order after nearly 30 people were killed in sporadic political violence.
Since then, the military government has launched campaigns aimed at cleaning up Thailand’s image as a haven for vice.
The junta has clamped down on taxi gangs at airports, targeted drug users by ordering more police checks and has even vowed to curb bad behaviour among Buddhist monks to protect the image of the religion in the predominantly Buddhist country.
“This monetary incentive will encourage officers to look out for traffic violators who try to bribe,” said Police Major General Adul Narongsak, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, adding that two policemen were recently awarded 10,000 baht ($310) for refusing a $3 bribe.