Thai authorities’ new measure to curb corruption: ‘magical scarves’

Thailand’s Office of the Auditor General has announced that they will distribute ‘magical scarves’ which will help safeguard public money in the fight against corruption.

The Office of the Auditor General of Thailand on Tuesday, 5 July 2016, announced that they are preparing to distribute Pha Yan, scarves imprinted with magical symbols, for people who are trying to combat corruption, Channel 7 News reported.

The magical ‘Scarves to Protect the Land’ will be blessed by Phra Prommangkalachan, a well-known monk who has become famous for blessing magical scarves for Leicester City Football Club whose chairman is Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai billionaire who owns the King Power Group.   

The ceremony to bless the magical scarves will take place at Wat Ratchabophit in Bangkok on 9 July 2016.

“It’s a good will gesture [to promote] accountability in safeguarding public money to reflect good morality through the scarves,” said Pisit Leelavachiropas, the Auditor General.

Pisit Leelavachiropas, the Auditor General, showing the magical scarves which will be distributed to help curb corruption (Image courtesy of Channel 7 News)

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