Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Prawit insists it’s not time to go yet

BANGKOK: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday (Mar 22) brushed aside former National Reform Council (NRC) member and human rights activist Thicha Nanakorn's call for his resignation over his luxury watch scandal.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 23 March 2018, 08:51AM

Gen Prawit: Not found guilty, so he won’t step down. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Gen Prawit: Not found guilty, so he won’t step down. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Gen Prawit, also defence minister, insisted he would not step down from his post until the National Anti-Corruption Commission's (NACC) probe found he was guilty.

“I have not been found guilty yet. Just wait for the NACC to say there are grounds,” he said yesterday.

Gen Prawit commented after Ms Thicha on Wednesday (Mar 21) led a fresh call for the NACC to lift the lid on its long-delayed investigation into the luxury watch scandal involving Gen Prawit.

She also called on him to resign as he had pledged to do earlier. She also wanted the NACC to speed up its probe into the 25 luxury watches with a combined value of over B39 million, which have been seen worn by Gen Prawit.

On Feb 16, Ms Thicha lodged a petition with 80,018 signatures from an online campaign on calling for Gen Prawit’s resignation to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha via an official at Government House’s public service centre.

She initiated the online petition on Jan 31 after Gen Prawit told the media that he was ready to resign if people do not want him.

Responding to Gen Prawit’s indifference yesterday, Ms Thicha said Gen Prawit mentioned his resignation on Jan 31.

She also reprimanded Gen Prawit, saying she did not see good governance in Gen Prawit’s acts, ranging from his failing to declare all assets to his action on the death of cadet Pakapong Tanyakan at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School in October last year.

When the petition with those names was submitted, this implied people did not want Gen Prawit to remain in his post.

Gen Prawit said he would wait for the NACC’s probe which meant he was trying to buy time, she said.

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

Kurt | 23 March 2018 - 12:40:36

Pom Prawit, 71, hardly can walk, with all his watches completely disorientated of the time frame he is presently living in.
Lost touch with real live among brother thais.
What he contributes to Thailand now? 
Why hanging in to power? Poor man, must miss, not have a cozy homely life with family
No grandchildren to go the park, feed the ducks, or go river side, teach them fishing.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Naka Noi land fight spills into allegations of denied access to public beaches

This sounds like jealously gone mad in this battle of two families. Neither of which seem to have a ...(Read More)

Monk prevented from walking into Phuket traffic

I doubt or there are qualified professionals at Thalang First Aid Post ( called hospital) to asses h...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: A gun for all seasons

"sporadic indiscriminate killings" are NOT a "western disease" they are an exclu...(Read More)

NACC to ease assets declaration rule

NACC, flexible as thai bamboo. First group, no risk that people are corrupt ! Oh really? Wow, I woul...(Read More)

Property owners to be targetted as fake goods raids hit Patong, Central

Some people should read the new Thailand Computer Crimes Act ... before they continue to express the...(Read More)

New tax law to see online, bank transfers to be monitored

and if you think you can just continue carelessly having clients send money to your bank accounts &q...(Read More)

New tax law to see online, bank transfers to be monitored

Separate to airport immigration - any property in Phuket that is hosting foreigners, be they friends...(Read More)

Phuket’s coastal eyesore construction is legal, confirms mayor

This whole Naiharn Beach View housing project is now a monument, expressing thai corruption. ... How...(Read More)

New tax law to see online, bank transfers to be monitored

Airbnb books 50% + of the daily rentals of private residences in Phuket. Hosts that use Airbnb must ...(Read More)