By Thai Newsroom Reporters
SENATOR PORNTHIP Rojanasunand has today (Jan.19) taken Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to task for allegedly doing nothing to combat corruption among government personnel.
In a rare criticism of the prime minister, Pornthip posted on her Instagram page to say Prayut has obviously remained non-committal to graft scandals surrounding high-ranking government officials and grey Chinese businesspersons in Thailand, among others.
Pornthip said Prayut who is looking to retain power after the next general election has so far done nothing to fight corruption which has evidently gone from bad to worse in the bureaucratic circles.
The woman senator charged that the prime minister has apparently turned blind eye and deaf ear to the sensational money-laundering, drug-trading and casino-running activities perpetrated in defiance of the law by one of the grey Chinese business suspects who had allegedly handed out payoffs to police and army officers, among others in the Thai bureaucratic circles.
That referred to the Chinese-born Chaiyanant “Tu Hao” Kornchaiyanan who had been allegedly more or less associated with an unidentified Thai tour bus owner, reportedly known as a nephew of Prayut’s. Prayut was abruptly frustrated when asked by reporters to comment on the alleged involvement of his unnamed relative in the grey Chinese business in this country.
Prayut who has planned to run for prime minister under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart banners has as yet taken no action in response to the sensational event in which the director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, namely Ratchada Suriyakul na Ayudhya, had allegedly accepted millions of baht in kickback cash, some of which was literally found in his own office, from subordinate officials in exchange for their being spared transfers to unpreferable, remote units, according to the senator.
“It’s a pity the leader who has intended to proceed on his political path remained so quiet in the face of those vicious activities,” she commented.
Senator Pornthip Rojanasunand, left, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, in above composite photo and the former alone in Front Page photo. Both images: Matichon