The Bangkok Post reports that Thailand’s dictatorial Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered Deputy Defence Minister General Udomdej Sitabutr and Justice Minister General Paiboon Koomchaya to shut up.
The Rajabhakti Park scandal has seen the junta chasing its tail, claiming everything is fine and above board, while Udomdej and Paiboon, have clashed over the former’s personal responsibility for the corrption Udomdej has admitted existed (while he was unbelievably squeaky clean). The two have contradicted each other.
General Paiboon says Prayuth has ordered him “not to speak [about the scandal] any more and focus on taking action…”.
Paiboon had “conceded last Wednesday there was corruption in construction of the park and he would find the wrongdoers.”
This was all the more surprising as he “made the remark after meeting two core red-shirt leaders — Nattawut Saikuar and Jatuporn Prompan — who supplied information about irregularities in the project.”
General Udomdej then warned Paiboon that he “could mislead the public.”
Paiboon then “accused the media of incorrectly linking what he had said to past issues, saying he would not take responsibility for the media’s misquotes.”
Udomdej stated “he had no plans to address the media about the park’s construction and the spending of donations.” He prefers a cover-up, as does Prayuth.
A cover-up has been the plan since Udomdej first mentioned the corruption involved in the project. Udomdej is on thin ice as others have been accused of lese majeste on Corruption Park and two of them are dead.