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Police ‘ordered’ to fund bosses’ air-con

BANGKOK: Eleven low-ranking police officers have cried foul over an order forcing them to pay more than B2,000 each to buy a new air-conditioner for their bosses’ office at Phahon Yothin Police Station.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 28 March 2018, 09:13AM


Junior ranks at the Phahon Yothin Police Station say they were coerced into ‘donating’ money totalling B25,000 to buy an air conditioner to cool two senior officers. Photo: Twitter/@e20ive via Bangkok Post

Junior ranks at the Phahon Yothin Police Station say they were coerced into ‘donating’ money totalling B25,000 to buy an air conditioner to cool two senior officers. Photo: Twitter/@e20ive via Bangkok Post

Sgt Loesak Nonkhunthot, one of the 11 officers, filed their complaint yesterday (Mar 27) with the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). In the petition letter, they accused two police inspectors of ordering lower-rank colleagues to chip in money for a B25,000 cooling machine.

The officers were ordered to deduct between B2,000 and B4,000 from allowances earned during their mission to monitor street protests between May and June last year, according to the complaint.

“I and my colleagues disagree with the order,” Sgt Loesak said, reasoning the purchase should be made out of state budget, not “personal money”.

Yesterday, he handed over the evidence to the PACC, including photos of the air-conditioner that had been mentioned and the police inspectors’ order which was sent through the Line chat application.

Reportedly, the two police inspectors are Maj Ekkarat Omak and Maj Chalakon Pandaeng.

Former Phahon Yothin police chief Yanyong Santiprichawat admitted such an order was issued.

Every officer in the investigation unit, not only the lower ranks, had made contributions, he said.

“I think it’s a kind of an internal agreement,” said Col Yanyong, who has assumed a new post as deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Division 2.

In another related story, a state employee has accused her boss of demanding a payment of half of the B30,000 salary for a job at the people’s Health Zone 8.

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Her workplace is one of 13 zones set up in 2014 under the National Health Commission to help to improve people’s quality of living.

The commission is chaired by Adm Narong Pipatanasai, deputy chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

The employee, identified as Chanittha Mangkhachot, said she had to pay B15,000 to Winai Wongasa, the coordinator of a secretary committee for Zone 8, because she needed a job.

The 33-year-old also claimed employees in other zones did the same.

Ms Chanittha said she agreed to pay, but asked him to sign a receipt when receiving the money.

However, according to her accusation, Mr Winai rejected her request and simply told her to give him a share of her salary. Ms Chanittha refused, prompting Mr Winai to tell her to quit.

Also, Ms Chanittha said she has not received any salary since December last year.

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Kurt | 28 March 2018 - 16:13:43

Hahahaha, bit by bit all we feel/experience of the RTP coming out to be true
Honor, promote all thai whistle blowers, in any field

So, when starts Junta general prime minister to reform the 'back bone' of the nation, the RTP?  Before election?
Must be easy with use of S-44 or any other suitable Section?
Just ordering army to do things you not trust RTP to do is no future outlook

Fascinated | 28 March 2018 - 11:56:42

Th actions of one brave whistleblower seems to have opened the floodgates- long may it continue. The only way for corruption to be addressed is for the first baby steps to occur. 

Proof in the pudding is prosecutions and sentences- they should be doubled for public servants found guilty. 

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