THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 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”.

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
Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

Silly Kurt,"who is responsible" you ask? TiT, nobody is responsible or accountable, and it...(Read More)


Phuket probation officers prepare to use electronic tagging devices

What are the conditions with use of ankle bracelets? House arrest, or allowed to move a few hundred ...(Read More)


Man killed in solo Ducati Monster motorbike accident

If the rider had known how to counter steer correctly, he most probably could have made it around th...(Read More)


Phuket consuls fed glossy update over road safety, accidents and drownings

The present Governor not present. Sure, during his time on the island nothing happened to get things...(Read More)


August tourist arrivals up 3%

Hosanna! Up 3%, But services, infrastructures, cleanness, beach safety, etc went down, much more th...(Read More)


Phuket lifeguard contract corruption probe confirms ‘irregularities’, case sent to NACC

Everyone know this has been going on for years. Going after these folks and stopping it is welcomed...(Read More)


Illegal booze ads ‘rampant’ in markets, says DDC

How would Soi Bangla in Patong look like if the stopped all bars from having bar girls and boys from...(Read More)


GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Hope India's well known rape culture stays at home. Thailand is a perfect foment for it to flour...(Read More)


Man killed in solo Ducati Monster motorbike accident

What circumstances could have been challenged? It happened at a 50 km/h speed advised route at 02:...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018