Nearly 50,000 people have logged on to Thailand's latest anti-corruption website set up last month, even though it still isn't functioning. Hosted by Thai Dream, the site functions with two different URLs-one for Thais, and the other for overseas users. The site was set up by some of country's most active anti corruption such as Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka, Veera Somkwamkid and Sangsidh Piriyarangsan and is aimed at providing a public forum for lodging complaints and exchanging information about corruption. This website is also one of the few that follow up on line grievances with offline investigations. The Thai government has denied any involvement that may have led to the disfunctional nature of the site.
This is not the first 'watchdog' site that has been set up in Thailand, as many have appeared over the last few years as the general public started doubting information provided in the mainstream press that is government controlled. Many of these websites post newspaper articles relating to corruption or any government irregularities, and analyses of the situation by foreigners. Most also have a forum for members to freely express their views.
Other popular Thai websites with similar aims include - The Foundation for a Clean and Transparent Thailand (FaCT) and Thai Solidarity.