Srisuwan asks NACC to probe PM for giving two dogs to his ministers

Thai Constitution Protection Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya wants the anti-graft commission to investigate Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for giving two dogs worth more than 3,000 baht each to his two ministers.

Mr Srisuwan will submit a petition to the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday (Jan 3), asking them to investigate if the prime minister, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda and Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya had violated the anti-corruption law and related regulations which prohibits cabinet ministers from accepting gifts worth more than 3,000 baht each from the other people.

The political activist claimed that, during the mobile cabinet meeting in Phitsanulok province on Dec 25-26, the prime minister paid 25,000 baht for three Bangkaew dogs he bought from a dog breeder.

He said the dogs were priced at 6,000 baht each, but the prime minister gave the dog breeder extra as a gift and a show of moral support.  He added that the prime minister himself kept one of the dogs and gave the remaining as gifts to Gen Chatchai and Gen Anupong who accompanied the premier’s trip to Phitsanulok for the cabinet meeting.

Mr Srisuwan maintained that he believed the prime minister had defied Section 103 of the NACC law and Section 5(2) of the NACC announcement for giving dogs worth more than 3,000 baht each to his two ministers who also broke the law for accepting the gifts worth more than 3,000 baht each from the prime minister.