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MHESI permanent secretary travelled overseas 32 times in 18 months: Wiroj


MOVE Forward Party MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn asked in a Facebook post today (Sep. 6) whether it is true the permanent secretary of the  Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI)  travelled overseas 32 times in 18 months while enquiring what he did in the countries he visited and how much money was spent on these trips in total, Matichon newspaper said.

He added that he had received information that MHESI Permanent Secretary Mr. Wiroj Chaeyap from March 2022 to August 2023, as the Covid-19 started to ease, made 32 trips to various countries with three more planned this month before his retirement at the month’s end.

A very large budget was spent on these trips with some of them made with the former MHESI minister, he said.

It was estimated that on some trips as much as 5 million baht was spent with the permanent secretary flying by either First or Business class and upon arrival at the destination often travelling on a separate vehicle than the rest of the delegation.

Wiroj added that he will be asking new MHESI Minister Ms. Supamas Isarabhakdi to check the facts whether this many trips were made according to the list he received, how much money was spent in total, the purpose of these trips and whether they were necessary.

This is to ensure that the public money is well spent, he said, adding that if any unsuitable or suspicious behaviour is found the matter will be sent to National Anti-Corruption Commission to consider further legal action.

The list of trips that MHESI Permanent Secretary is said to have made as received by Wiroj is as follows:

1) March 23-27,2022: Laos

2) June 5-12,2022: Switzerland and France

3) June 15- 21,2022: Malaysia

4) June 27-July 6, 2022: France and UK

5) July 24-26,2022: Singapore

6) July 28-31, 2022: Germany

7) August 5-8, 2022: Cambodia (Siem Reap)

8) August 17-28, 2022: USA and Guatemala

9) August 28-31, 2022: Laos

10) Sep. 30-Oct. 5 2022: Japan

11)  Oct. 5-7, 2022: Cambodia

12) Nov. 1-6, 2022: Portugal and Sweden

13) Nov. 7-9, 2022: Singapore

14) Nov. 14-17, 2022: Japan

15) Dec. 6-12, 2022: Australia

16) Jan. 11-18, 2023: UK

17) Jan. 28-30, 2023: Myanmar

18) Feb 8-13, 2023: China

19) Feb. 16-21: Israel

20) March 27-31, 2023: Japan

21) April 5-9, 2023: Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai

22) April 25- May 3, 2023: France and Switzerland

23) May 7-10, 2023: UK

24) May 11-21, 2023: France

25) June 2-4: China

26) June 6-10, 2023: Korea

27) June 18-22, 2023: Brunei

28) June 29-July 6, 2023: China (Beijing)

29) July 10-18, 2023: UK

30) August 2-5, 2023: Korea

31) August 6-10, 2023: USA

32) August 21-25, 2023: Japan

33) Sep. 6-10, 2023: USA (planned)

34) Sep.11-15, 2023: Mexico (planned)

35) Sep. 24-30, 2023: Australia (planned)


Move Forward MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn. Both photos: Matichon

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