THE BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration (BMA) today (Feb. 2) launched an investigation of the director of a school in Khlong Sam Wa district over charges of swindling the contractor who won a bid to supply lunch to the students out of over 329,000 baht, Naewna newspaper said.
BMA’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr. Wantanee Wattana said the city administration had a policy of “transparency, no bribes” thus will expedite setting up a committee to investigate the charges within the framework of specified law.
If the director of the unidentified school is found to have committed serious disciplinary offences the penalty is either dismissal or dismissed from government service.
This follows complaints that he had demanded the contractor who won the bid to supply lunch to the students in the second semester of 2022 hand over 329,000 baht claiming this would be used to improve equipment, tables and chairs in the school cafeteria.
He also demanded a monthly payment of 9,000 baht while threatening to cancel the contract and report the contractor to BMA for taking payment that covered breakfast for the students which was not served.
A team from the Police Anti-Corruption Division, National Anti-Corruption Commission and Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission had told the entrepreneur to go to the director’s office and give him the money he demanded. After that they moved in and arrested him along with taking the money back.
He has been charged with omitting to or wrongfully carrying out his duties.
Top and Front Page: The school director upon being caught taking a large sum of money from the school lunch contractor. Photos: Naewna