Ruangkrai wants NACC to probe PM’s golf game with Sasomsap family

Pheu Thai Party’s legal advisor Ruangkrai Leekijwattana has asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s recent golf game with the Sasomsap political family in Ratchaburi to determine whether the event amounts to receiving benefit in excess of legal limit.

The prime minister visited the Sasomsap family-owned golf course in Ratchaburi and reportedly played golf with some of the family members on Dec 17.

The picture of the event showing the prime minister in a group photo with the family was posted on the social media by Watana Muangsook, a core member of the Pheu Thai Party, suggesting that the meeting with the Sasomsap family was part of the prime minister’s campaign trail to woo political allies.

Posted by Watana Muangsook on Tuesday, 26 December 2017

 

The prime minister, however, defended that the encounter with the family was just a coincidence as he went to the golf course for a trial as he didn’t know before that it was owned by the family.

Mr Ruangkrai quoted Mr Padermchai Sasomsap, a family member, as telling the media that the family hosted a lunch for the prime minister in keeping up with the host’s tradition.

Meanwhile, a member of a civic group called Thai Civilized, Mr Mongkolkit Suksintharanont, today petitioned the NACC chairman to revoke the regulation setting 3,000-baht ceiling for the value of a gift that could be received by a government official.

Government officials should be banned from receiving any gifts from the other people and from borrowing valuables, including cash, from the other people, he said.