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Thai PM accused of breaking law, gifting overpriced puppies

World2018-01-03

By APD writer Chen Jiabao BANGKOK, Jan. 3 (APD) - Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission was on Wednesday petitioned to investigate allegations that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged to give puppy dogs as gifts to two members of his cabinet which may be worth more than legally allowed. Srisuwan Janya, leader of the so-called Association for the Protection of the Thai Constitution, lodged the petition to the NACC at its headquarters on the northwestern outskirts of the Thai capital, calling for the anti-graft agency to launch probe into the alleged gifts being two Bang Kaew dogs which the premier had bought for 6,000 baht (about 180 U.S. dollars) each with intent to give one to Deputy Premier Chatchai Sarikulya and the other to Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda. Prayut reportedly placed purchase orders for the puppy dogs from a vendor in Phitsanulok during a roving cabinet meeting in the lower-northern province late last month. The political activist charged that the price for each of the puppy dogs amounted more than legally allowed since the National Anti-Corruption Act prohibits any government personnel from accepting a gift priced more than 3,000 baht (about 90 U.S. dollars). However, Prayut told reporters at Government House that he understood such legal restrictions about the giving of gifts to government personnel including his cabinet members and that the pet dogs for which he had placed purchase orders have not been delivered to him as yet. The Prime Minister said he knew the maximum price of the gift is legally limited to 3,000 baht(90 U.S. dollars) but declined to comment whether each of the dogs cost him more than 3,000 baht or not. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Chen Jiabao

BANGKOK, Jan. 3 (APD) - Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission was on Wednesday petitioned to investigate allegations that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged to give puppy dogs as gifts to two members of his cabinet which may be worth more than legally allowed.

Srisuwan Janya, leader of the so-called Association for the Protection of the Thai Constitution, lodged the petition to the NACC at its headquarters on the northwestern outskirts of the Thai capital, calling for the anti-graft agency to launch probe into the alleged gifts being two Bang Kaew dogs which the premier had bought for 6,000 baht (about 180 U.S. dollars) each with intent to give one to Deputy Premier Chatchai Sarikulya and the other to Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda.

Prayut reportedly placed purchase orders for the puppy dogs from a vendor in Phitsanulok during a roving cabinet meeting in the lower-northern province late last month.

The political activist charged that the price for each of the puppy dogs amounted more than legally allowed since the National Anti-Corruption Act prohibits any government personnel from accepting a gift priced more than 3,000 baht (about 90 U.S. dollars).

However, Prayut told reporters at Government House that he understood such legal restrictions about the giving of gifts to government personnel including his cabinet members and that the pet dogs for which he had placed purchase orders have not been delivered to him as yet.

The Prime Minister said he knew the maximum price of the gift is legally limited to 3,000 baht(90 U.S. dollars) but declined to comment whether each of the dogs cost him more than 3,000 baht or not.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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