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MPs urged to probe Srettha’s 30-million-baht chartered flight to US


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

OPPOSITION MPs HAVE been urged to investigate the unprecedented event in which Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will be flying a Thai Airway International airliner for as much as 30 million baht in chartered flight to the United States on Tuesday.

Somchai Srisutthiyakorn of the Thai Liberal Party today (Sep.17) called on the opposition lawmakers in general and the House Committee on Anti-corruption and Misconduct in particular to look into the event in which Srettha has managed to fly the THAI airliner on such a costly chartered flight to New York to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly from Tuesday till Friday.

Accompanying the prime minister on an official trip to the US are an estimated 50 people including cabinet members, high-level government officials and private businesspersons, among others.

In particular, Somchai said, those private businesspersons should pay in part for the 30 million baht chartered fare on which the taxpayer’s money would otherwise entirely cover.

He wondered why a jet plane of the Thai air force should not be used to take the prime minister and his entourage to the US in lieu of the THAI airliner’s costly chartered flight.

Srettha has earlier shrugged off criticism about the pricey chartered flight, saying it has been well-calculated and would be worth the trip.


Top and Front Page: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Both photos: Thai Rath

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