Updated: Family snouts in the trough

28 02 2015

The Bangkok Post refers to a Isara News Agency report that list all of the leeches in the puppet National Legislative Assembly who have decided to make loot while they are having their strings pulled.

More than a quarter (57) of the 220 puppet members “have appointed family members or relatives as personal aides, paid from public funds.”

Naturally, they claim to be legally able to appoint husbands, wives, sons and daughters to “work” as “advisers” to mum, dad, wife and husband. They rake in between 15,000 and 24,000 a month, directly from the pockets of the taxpayer.

Each NLA member may appoint assistants and advisers whose salaries are paid by taxpayers. A personal assistant gets a monthly salary of 15,000 baht, a personal expert 20,000 baht and a personal specialist 24,000 baht.Snouts

The specialists provide academic advice to the NLA members while the experts research for facts and legal issues and study complaints, motions and interpellations for the NLA members. The assistants do what the members ask them to.

Puppet Nipon Narapitakkul “has appointed his wife, daughter and son to help with his work…”. Military brass rewarded with puppet positions are keen family men and women: “Adm Taratorn Kajitsuwan appointed his wife and daughter…. As the regulation states that one person can take only one position at a time, Adm Taratorn appointed his wife three times to different positions, with the latest one as personal specialist, effective on Jan 1, 2015.”

Other puppet members “who have appointed more than one relatives as helpers are Khunying Songsuda Yodmani, ACM Narongsak Sangapong, Pol Lt Gen Boonraung Polpanich, Gen Somjed Boontanom, Gen Suchat Nongbua and Gen Ongard Pongsakdi.”

Update: Even PPT is dumbfounded that a member of the military junta and a puppet assemblyman have supported nepotism. And, they do it in terms that suggest that nepotism is the norm for the military dictatorship. Puppet NLA chairman Pornpetch Wichitcholchai “insisted yesterday that the practice is not corrupt, because no laws forbid it…. There’s no prohibition about relatives.” He said hiring relatives was necessary: “The NLA members may need to find someone they can trust as their aides to help with their work, so they appoint people close to them as the aides.” He means wives, husbands and sons and daughters.

We thought a puppet might be expected to come up with such idiotic babbling – after all, they are not made puppets for their sparkling intellect – but then the military commander and junta member General Udomdej Sitabutr agreed with the puppet: “I share the same view as Mr. Pornpetch. They didn’t break any laws…. Your relatives have knowledge and expertise, and [can] be qualified for the jobs. This is personal matter, and it is in accordance with the regulations about what is prohibited and what is not prohibited.”

The defense of nepotism and corruption is dangerous as the middle class seems to dislike this nonsense, even if they love coups, kings and the old power structure. When junta places itself on a collision course with middle class moralists the chances are that repression will increase.


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4 03 2015
Nepotism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Army boss (or second or third in charge, depending how you look at it) General Udomdej Sitabutr and puppet NLA chairman Pornpetch Wichitcholchai. Now puppet National Reform Council president Thienchay Kiranandana has “insisted” that […]

4 03 2015
Nepotism | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Army boss (or second or third in charge, depending how you look at it) General Udomdej Sitabutr and puppet NLA chairman Pornpetch Wichitcholchai. Now puppet National Reform Council president Thienchay Kiranandana has “insisted” that […]




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