By Thai Newsroom Reporters
OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION INTO an alleged connection between a Chinese-born grey business suspect and a tour bus operator has apparently hit a snag up to now since the latter has been known as a nephew of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s, said an opposition legislator today (Jan.12).
Move Forward MP Padipat Santipada charged during a House floor session that the investigation conducted by officials of the National Anti-Corruption Commission into the crimes perpetrated by the grey business suspect, namely Chaiyanat “Tu Hao” Kornchaiyanan, and allegedly involving M & M Transport Service Co. has been practically thwarted with little progress having been reportedly made by the authorities due to the tour bus firm’s owner being related to the prime minister.
Tu Hao had rented a fleet of 400 to 500 tour buses from the firm reportedly owned by Prayut’s unidentified nephew to accommodate Chinese customers to his illegally-operated bars which had allegedly turned out to be gambling dens where they had allegedly used drugs in Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok.
The Chinese-born grey business suspect who has been accused of money-laundering, drug-using and casino-running charges had allegedly fostered connections and offered payoffs to varied Thai politicians and businesspersons.
Tu Hao had earlier handed three million baht in cash to the ruling Palang Pracharath Party headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan who excused none of his party’s rank and file had personally known the grey business suspect.
The MP of Phitsanulok alleged that the premier’s unnamed relative had suspiciously run billions of baht in business turnover over the last several years though his firm had opened with only three million baht in registered capital.
In 2021, the tour bus firm of Prayut’s nephew had been given three transportation-related projects run by government agencies in questionable fashion, the Move Forward MP said.
The anti-graft agency and other authorities had not done much to find out whether those government projects may have been carried out in irregular, corrupt fashion at the cost of the taxpayer’s money as far as the premier’s relative was allegedly involved, Padipat said.
However, Prayut was not available to respond to the MP’s allegations at parliament involving his relative in question. The premier was earlier abruptly frustrated when asked by reporters about the tour bus operator.
Top: Move Forward MP Padipat Santipada speaking at the parliament. Photo: Thai Rath
Front Page: Grey business suspect Mr. Chaiyanat “Tu Hao” Kornchaiyanan. Photo: Matichon