Newswise — Congratulations to Asst. Prof. Dr. Torplus Yomnak by becoming one of 12 anti-corruption activists from around the world will receive the 2021 International Anti-Corruption Champion Award from the US Department of State on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day. Asst. Professor Torplus, Director of the Center for Political Economy Studies at the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, has been chosen as the recipient of the Southeast Asian Academic Award.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award and grateful that the anti-corruption efforts that I and many others in Thailand have made have received international recognition. This will go some way to preventing and reducing corruption. corruption in Thailand,” revealed Dr Torplus.
The inspiration to become an anti-corruption campaigner
Asst. Professor Torplus has been interested in corruption research since he was a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University. He then continued his research on the issue and his doctoral dissertation at the University of Cambridge focused on anti-corruption strategies in the construction industry in Thailand.
“All over the world, people are working hard to fight corruption. Thailand has 30-40 private and public sectors that fight corruption and promote good governance. I am only a small part of the Thai anti-corruption network,” commented Asst. Teacher. Dr. Torplus.
Chula Economics faculty members, including Professor Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit, Assoc. Teacher. Dr.Nualnoi Treerat, Assoc. Teacher. Noppanun Wannathepsakul, Asst. Professor Thanee Chaiwat and many others have embarked on research studies on corruption. Asst. Professor Torplus has continued his anti-corruption work not only for academics and practical impact, but also working behind the scenes to support a wide range of impactful anti-corruption projects in Thailand. Through these efforts, Thailand’s anti-corruption network and instruments have become more effective.
The Working Principles of a Thai Academic and International Anti-Corruption Award Winner
Throughout his work, Asst. Professor Torplus has always adhered to the principles of transparency and believes that public participation is the most important factor in addressing corruption issues. It is difficult to fight corruption with a single instrument and a top-down policy because anti-corruption activities can be successful through a group of people working together, not by a single individual.
To support research studies on corruption, Asst. Professor Torplus and academic members from various fields, such as linguistics, marketing, political science and law, formed the Center for Corruption Research, “Siam Lab”, at the Faculty of Economics of the Chulalongkorn University. Additionally, Dr. Torplus collaborated with friends to form a company for the society, called “HAND Social Enterprise”, to seek projects with government agencies and the public and private sectors. To date, corruption in Thailand has decreased to some extent and the Corruption Perceptions Index has improved.
Thai people’s involvement in anti-corruption activities
Asst. Teacher. Dr. Torplus said that the public sector is now aware of the fight against corruption. According to a survey conducted by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, 98% of Thais say that corruption is a problem that affects everyone. However, the low number of people taking part in anti-corruption campaigns is worrying. To this end, instruments must be developed to arm the public against corruption. Encouraging people to snub corruption is very important and requires an understanding of the social context. Dr. Torplus concluded that academics and marketers can and should play an important role in helping to raise awareness about corruption. In recent years, research projects on anti-cheat marketing have been carried out with great success.