THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

CNAC finds no fraud in park statues

BANGKOK: The Centre for National Anti-Corruption (CNAC) says no irregularities were found in the casting of the statues of the seven former Thai kings at Rajabhakti Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

militaryconstructioncorruption
By Bangkok Post

Thursday 24 March 2016, 09:35AM


The government-run Centre for National Anti-Corruption under the prime minister’s office has certified Rajabhakti Park as completely corruption-free. Photo: Bangkok Post

The government-run Centre for National Anti-Corruption under the prime minister’s office has certified Rajabhakti Park as completely corruption-free. Photo: Bangkok Post

This was underlined in a CNAC press briefing Wednesday (Mar 23), chaired by Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya.

The National Anti-Corruption Centre was formed by the military regime after the May 22, 2014, coup. It answers directly to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who chaired its first meeting on Jan 14 of last year.

The briefing was attended by Auditor-General Pisit Leelavachiropas, Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) secretary-general Prayong Preeyajit and National Anti-Corruption Commission deputy secretary-general Yongyut Malithong.

Gen Paiboon said a petition was sent to him to look into irregularities involving kickbacks in the project so he asked the agencies concerned to help investigate.

The case centred on an amulet trader who allegedly demanded kickbacks from foundries hired to cast the statues of the kings at the park.

Former army chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr earlier said that the amulet dealer had attempted to demand commission fees from the foundries, but the army had taken the money back from him.

Mr Prayong said Wednesday that the PACC was in charge of investigating the kickbacks in particular.

He said the money had been paid between private parities but it was regarded as a business-based reward as the amulet trader brought work to the foundries.

He said 6-7% of the hired payment is set aside for that purpose.

The hired payment was still in line with market prices and nothing suspicious was detected based on questioning and documentary evidence, Mr Prayong said.

Mr Pisit echoed the comments of the PACC chief.

Based on the accounts of the five foundries and their financial records, Mr Pisit said they paid money to the amulet trader for what they called “charges for recommending jobs”.

EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019

The issue stemmed from the the foundries’ own management.

Mr Pisit said the Office of the Auditor-General also looked into the background of the amulet trader, called Sian U, to find out whether he had sufficient expertise to give advice to the foundries in relation to the casting of the statues.

It was found that Sian U has his own foundry, Siam Pura Co, and he has previous experience having cast a large statue of Luang Pu Tuad.

Sian U obtained B20 million for his advisory role and he had the right to receive this sum because he helped tackle various obstacles when the statues were being cast, Mr Pisit said.

The cost of each statue was also reduced from B70 million each to B40-45 million.

However, Sian U was later told by the army not to take that money so he donated the sum back to the Rajabhakti Park project’s fund through five cheques under the name of Siam Pura Co, Mr Pisit said.

After the money was returned, the army issued him receipts.

According to Mr Pisit, nothing untoward was detected in the process of obtaining the donations for the project.

As of Dec 31 last year, about B733 million, including interest payments, had been credited to the account.

About 140 million baht is currently still in the account.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Joe12 | 24 March 2016 - 18:41:10

Kurt...another of your idiotic, disprespectful comments. Read the article again. The matter has been investigated by the top echelon of the government with undoubtedly legal advice from a number of lawyers, whereas you are another clown who thinks \\\"It is a thai shame full story.\\\"

Kurt | 24 March 2016 - 16:18:50

Great story! Read it 4 times, and conclude that all(?) done fraud/corruption was reversed, because of publicity.

It is a thai shame full story.

Just read: The costs of each statue was reduced from B70million to B40-45 million. 
Quite in line with the usual 33% 'commission' fees.

wow , so many sad thai people now who lost their commission/ tea money/ corruption fee.
The article...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phoenix ‘off limits to outsiders’ while police inspect wreck

In the aftermath of the sinking disaster, it seems that Thailand's now desperate to do anything ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Actually, about floating kratongs, in de past there were just a few in villages, But now look the ne...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Timi,if you would be a little bit more attentive,you would have seen that my response wasn't reg...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

Hahaha, This was not fair! More than 200 people looking after him. Guess that Senior Sgt Maj gets de...(Read More)


Phuket Airport toilets dubbed ’Best in Thailand’

Fantastic to pat yourself on your Phuket toilet business shoulder, true or not. Have no words for it...(Read More)


Suspect locks up duty warden, escapes police cell

You couldn’t make this stuff up could you !! ...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Dek, my comment was in regards to the article about the flying lanterns not the floating Kratongs, w...(Read More)


Disaster officials warn of heavy rain in Phuket

Again a weather warning? That can't be. The guy from the Phuket Water Authority said that due to...(Read More)


Low water levels at Phuket reservoir spur concerns for drastic water-saving measures

I'm fascinated that "Fascinated" cannot see the relevance between increased tourism an...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Thailand needs to wake up and realize its part of the world and international community, most count...(Read More)