Phuket's Governor Maitree Intrusud made that obvious yesterday when he urged the journalists present - the two reporters from Phuketwan - to note the following words:
No. 4 Corruption Elimination
1. In case of bribery or corruption witnessed, please collect all the information - the situation, date, people documents and report directly to the Governor.
2. May we assure you that we are working to solve the malpractice here in Phuket, especially the cases concerning tourists and foreigners.
Today the words of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha are all over the media. He says that combating corruption is the key policy of the government and the military regime - even though the issue is not one of the 11 fields earmarked for national reform.
Years ago, Phuketwan called on the Government of Thailand to make Phuket a role model for the rest of Thailand by wiping out corruption on the island, Thailand's most prosperous and most international province.
At the time, we were voices in the wilderness. Our appeals for protecting the beaches and for reforming the taxis and tuk-tuks also seemed to go unheeded, too.
Now, it must be said, with the island's top administrators and the Prime Minister saying that corruption must go, we believe the future of Phuket and of Thailand has never been brighter.
And we're delighted to be able to say that Phuketwan was there to hear it, and to report it.