By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PHEU THAI CANDIDATE FOR prime minister Srettha Thavisin was today (Aug.3) accused of lacking honesty and good governance to otherwise deserve to take the helm of government.
In a press conference at a Bangkok hotel, political activist Chuwit Kamolvisit alleged Srettha of having conspired to help others evade 521 million baht in tax for the sales of a pricey parcel of land on Sarasin road in lush Sathorn area in 2019 during his time as president of a giant real estate firm named Sansiri Plc.
Chuwit charged that Srettha had been involved in the alleged evasion of the 521 million baht personal income tax by having a total of 12 individuals who separately owned the land under one land title deed sell off his or her respective plot to the property firm in 12 consecutive days or one seller per day.
The Sarasin land price had been disproportionately spurred up by the property firm to 1.57 billion baht entirely for profiteering reasons with Srettha’s firm circumventing the sizable tax, Chuwit alleged.
Given the alleged intransparency and lack of good governance in doing business, Chuwit commented that Srettha would be considerably inclined to promote tax evasions among fellow business moguls only if he ever became the country’s 30th prime minister.
The maverick political activist said he will submit pieces of evidence pertaining to such malpractices over tax evasion allegedly involving the Pheu Thai contender for prime minister, known as personally associated with deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, to House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha.
Meanwhile, Wan Noor confirmed today a joint House/Senate meeting to pick a prime minister has been postponed from tomorrow, pending the Constitutional Court’s judgement over last month’s lawmakers’ resolution to deny Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat a second chance to be named prime minister.
The House speaker who concurrently performs as parliament president said the joint House/Senate session may resume on the day after the court has delivered the awaited ruling on Aug.16.
Top and Front Page: Political activist Chuwit Kamolvisit.
Insert: Pheu Thai Party’s prime minister candidate Srettha Thavisin. All photos: Thai Rath