Doing very well

31 10 2014

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has listed the assets of the junta’s handpicked cabinet members. This comes on the heels of the release of the assets registered by the its puppet National Legislative Assembly. There, it was shown that the air force’s top brass accumulated an average declared assets of about 57 million baht. A general in the army had average assets of about 78 million baht. Admirals had average assets of about 109 million baht. Top brass in the police on average declared a whopping 258 million baht.

AP reports that the asset “disclosures by members of Thailand’s military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption.”

The last phrase is unnecessary. Yes, civilian politicians are wealthy, but the vast majority have not spent their careers in government service, on relatively poor salaries like the massively corrupt police generals, admirals, air marshals and generals.

Of the 33 Cabinet ministers, AP reports that “25 of whom are millionaires in dollar terms.”

AP correctly notes that:

Allegations of corruption and inappropriately gained wealth have played a major role in the country’s fractious politics in the last decade. The current [military junta appointed and led] government has made fighting corruption a priority….

The junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha led the May coup. Then, his annual salary as army commander was  1.4 million baht ($43,000). His wife retired as a lecturer at a royalist university, where she also received a relatively small salary.

According to the assets list, Prayuth’s assets are:

… listed 128.6 million baht ($3.9 million) in assets and 654,745 baht ($20,000) in liabilities. Under the disclosure laws, assets belonging to spouses and children under 21 must be included. He also reported the transfer of 466.5 million baht ($14.3 million) to other family members.

… His assets include a Mercedes Benz S600L car, a BMW 740Li Series sedan, luxury watches, rings and several pistols.

Quite a stash for a military official.

The listing for all cabinet members is at the Bangkok Post:

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2 11 2014
Prayuth as populist joker | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] We knew the diamond-toting, Patek Philippe owner, being driven about is giant luxury limousines, and… was joking about all of this when he addressed corruption, saying that “society” had “to help foster the sense that corruption is a despicable thing…”. […]

24 03 2015
Believe us, we’re from the military | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] He did concede “that some soldiers may be involved in the illegal weapons trade. They would face tough punishment if any link was found.” What about their bosses? In the military, the buck stops with the privates and sergeants. The big boys get the loot, the houses and the cars, not to mention fancy and expensive watches. […]

24 03 2015
Believe us, we’re from the military | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] He did concede “that some soldiers may be involved in the illegal weapons trade. They would face tough punishment if any link was found.” What about their bosses? In the military, the buck stops with the privates and sergeants. The big boys get the loot, the houses and the cars, not to mention fancy and expensive watches. […]