By Thai Newsroom Reporters
BHUMJAITHAI SECRETARY-GENERAL Saksayam Chidchob could possibly be denied the right to contest an upcoming general election apart from other legal penalties if found guilty of having concealed assets, said an opposition MP today (Mar.6).
Move Forward MP Pakornwut Udompipatsakul confirmed Saksayam could possibly be deprived by court of the right to seek reelection for MP in addition to a possible loss of his concurrent status as legislator and member of cabinet if finally found to have perpetrated misconduct.
According to the Move Forward MP, the constitution has more than one section to warrant varied penalties for proven wrongdoings on the part of politicians.
Pakornwut said he is now quickly collecting the signatures of at least one-tenth of the total of MPs, currently accounting for 40, to endorse his planned petition for the Constitutional Court to consider revoking the right of the Bhumjaithai secretary-general to run for MP again in the nationwide election in the face of allegations that he had deliberately concealed some of his wealth.
The Constitutional Court has recently ordered Saksayam to immediately stop performing as transport minister pending a court ruling on whether he may still practically hold some shares of Buri Charoen Construction Ltd. Part. through nominees as alleged by the opposition MP.
Saksayam has categorically denied the allegations saying he had earlier sold them off before he was named transport minister in 2019.
Saksayam earlier said he would pay more attention than ever to electoral campaigns of the Bhumjaithai, steered by de facto party boss Newin Chidchob, his own brother, now that he has been suspended from ministerial duties.
Bhumjaithai Secretary-General Saksayam Chidchob. Top photo: Sanook.com, Front Page photo: Matichon