SRT purge stems from lack of transparency in procurement deals

The abrupt replacement of the State Railway of Thailand governor and board of directors by the prime minister exercising his special powers under Section 44 stemmed from complaints of lack of transparency in project and procurement biddings in the SRT.

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaeokamnerd told a press conference today (Friday) about the purge in the SRT management on Thursday, saying that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha had received a long list of complaints accusing the lack of transparency in the staging of bids for projects and procurement deals in the SRT.

He said the prime minister could not ignore the complaints and had to take the action to purge the SRT management while investigation was underway to determine whether the allegations were substantiated or not.

But for the time being while the probe is underway, the spokesman said that the former governor, Mr Wutthichart Kalayanamit, and the board members were considered as innocent governor until it was proven otherwise.

He stressed that the government and the NCPO had wanted all state agencies to perform their duties in transparency to restore public trust that all the procurement projects were undertaken in a fair and transparent fashion and in compliance with the principle of good governance.