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Youths believe 'nice guys finish last'
« on: September 29, 2012, 12:34:59 AM »
A majority of Thai youth believe that being a good person doesn’t pay off, according to the latest ABAC Poll released on Friday.

The pollsters from Assumption University questioned 1,127 youngsters age 12 – 24.

Of these, 48.4% of the respondents said they watch the news at least once a week, 43.3% said they watch the news occasionally, and 8.3% said they never follow current events or the news.

Asked whether they have witnessed any moral or ethical behaviour by politicians or civil servants in the past year, 67.3% said no. but 32.7% said they have seen responsibility, volunteering and honesty in some state officials.

The head of the university’s research centre, Noppadol Kannikar, said  it is worrying that a solid majority,  63.9%, said they have witnessed bribery and corruption, and 8.3% said they have seen state officials break laws.

For example, police parking their vehicles in places reserved for the handicapped, police breaking traffic laws, negligence of duty by civil servants, division among authorities, impoliteness, lying, bribery, extortion and abuse of power.

According to the poll findings, 58.4% of the respondents said they have seen state officials do more bad than good, while, 41.6% said the opposite.

Two-thirds of respondents, or 66.7%,  were opposed to the idea that “tea money” can be offered to state officials for their work, providing it is less than 3,000 baht. They said this opens doorways to corruption and is an incentives for officials to  work only for people who can afford to pay them.

However, the other 33.3% of  respondents said 3,000 baht tea money is acceptable.

When asked about transfers of several government officials who were trying to expose corruption in the government, 53.4% said they have heard about it in the news, while, 46.6% said they never heard of it.

The respondents have also rated five ministries that should improve their images in terms of corruption.
1.    Justice Ministry (28.6%)
2.    Finance Ministry (26.9%)
3.    Education Ministry (25.6%)
4.    Defense Ministry (21.9%)
5.    Interior Ministry (19.3%)

Other ministries on the list include are Transport, Commerce, Energy, Agriculture and Co-operatives, and the Culture Ministry.

Mr Noppadol, said it is alarming that 80.1% of youngsters believe that nice guys come in last, or as  Thais say “there is no place for nice people” in present society.

Of these 59.4% believe that civil servants that remained loyal to their “corruptboss” would be compensated with promotion and job security.

While, 40.6% believe that people and state officials who are against corruption are neglected and no state office will help or protect them.

The head of the research centre said the results of the poll point to a grim future for Thailand, because young people are growing up in a bad environment with people in power setting bad examples for them.

He said youth is questioning whether the morality and ethics taught to them at school are worthy; or to put it simply, “Will we prosper by being a good person?”

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


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Re: Youths believe 'nice guys finish last'
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2012, 08:05:57 AM »
The only part of that I think is wrong is the final suggestion that good moral standards are taught at school.