PM says no need for NACC to increase the value of gifts

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has been told to scrap its idea to amend its announcement to adjust up the 3,000-baht limit of the value of gifts to be given or accepted by government officials.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Tuesday (Jan 9) he found it unnecessary to increase the 3,000-baht limit, noting that, in actual practice, he had been given many gifts worth more than 3,000 baht each and had sent them to the Prime Minister’s Office for checks or have them stored in display cases at the Government House.

He added that he had told the NACC that it was not necessary for them to amend its announcement in order to change the limit of the value of gifts.

NACC secretary-general Worawit Sukboon said last week that the anti-graft agency was considering the amendment of its announcement on the gift value limit because the announcement was issued in 1999 and did not reflect the present day’s cost of living.

The issue was raised in lights of the Thai Constitution Protection Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya’s petition for the NACC to investigate Gen Prayut’s plan to give two dogs, worth more than 3,000 baht each, as gifts to Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya and Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.