Updated: Massive corruption unearthed

5 07 2014

A post at Asia Provocateur has drawn PPT’s attention to the military dictatorship’s investigations into alleged massive corruption in the rice subsidy scheme. That’s the same scheme that the anti-democrats claimed was riddled with corruption and where they prevented farmers being paid until the junta had thrown out the elected government. We assume the military junta has similar views on the scheme for it has tended to replicate the views of the anti-democrats.

The Bangkok Post states that on the junta’s orders, the “Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has stepped up action against government officials found to have been involved with the rice-pledging scheme…. Each agency will also be asked to report corruption loopholes involving its office by July 15.” The PACC is drawing up an “anti-corruption master plan.” Imported rice from Vietnam

On coups and alleged corruption by the Yingluck Shinawatra government, readers might find Bangkok Pundit’s timely post of interest.

But back to the massively corrupt rice pledging scheme and the Post’s report. It says inspection teams are everywhere, checking on quanity and quality of stored rice and tallying up all of the rice that has been corruptly taken away. The results are breathtaking:

In Ayutthaya, where 200,000 tonnes were kept, a warehouse was checked today, with no irregularities.

An inspection in Nakhon Si Thammarat also found all 16,320 tonnes of rice was in place.

An inspection at a warehouse in Nakhon Ratchasima found 9,859 tonnes, with 22 tonnes missing.

Of all 125 warehouses in Kamphaeng Phet, only one was audited today, with no missing rice.

Hundreds of thousands of tons of rice reportedly checked, and only 22 tonnes missing. However, given the military dictatorships penchant for making stuff up, we are sure they will concoct a massive corruption story to support their ideological warfare.

Yes, we know our header is misleading, but felt that the junta might want to use it.

Update: Yet another report at the Bangkok Post on the search for massive corruption in the rice-pledging scheme. And, guess what. All of the rice seems to be in place and the reports are switching tack to concentrate on a list of other issues: poor inventories, “some warehouses were not as clean, bright and airy,” some reports of very small quantities of rotting rice, some not properly fumigated, sacks “not stored in an orderly fashion, making it difficult to count,” and similar complaints. So what does the junta’s flunkey bureaucrat say? You guessed it, “ML Panadda Diskul, who heads the audit exercise for the NCPO,” and who is the permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office has converted this into this: “[r]ampant corruption was clearly evident in the storage of rice after just two days of a nationwide audit…”. He’s concocting this for the political propaganda purposes of the military dictatorship. Still, we can’t imagine him saying much else. After all, the shouts about corruption in the scheme were one of the reasons for the military coup.


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