RTN investigates alleged corruption in 440 million baht armoured vehicle deal

Snap has been initiated by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) after a social media web page reported some alleged discrepancies in a current purchase of armoured automobiles totalling over 440 million baht (US$12,480,000).
The public announcement in regards to the investigation came yesterday when Admiral Pokkrong Monthatphalin, the RTN spokesman, acknowledged that the navy commander, Choengchai Chomchoengpaet, had ordered a probe after an accusation made by the Facebook page, CSI LA. The social media publish alleged that sure RTN personnel demanded a kickback totalling 15% from the supplier of the vehicles.
Admiral Pokkrong confirmed that the RTN has a challenge that goals to acquire seven 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carriers. These are to be manufactured by Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co and carry a price tag of 448 million baht (US$12,seven-hundred,000).
The venture fund has been allotted from the fiscal yr 2023, starting from October the earlier year and can finish on September 30 this 12 months. The supplier is required to ship the bought autos within a timeframe of 270 days.
The request for approval for the procurement of these automobiles is pending with the Defence Ministry, clarified Admiral Pokkrong. The procurement has undergone rigorous scrutiny by various authorities, such as the Anti-Corruption Cooperation Committee for state procurement, and was even supervised by an unbiased remark panel. RTN spokesman, Admiral Pokkrong said…
“All procedures have been carried out keeping in thoughts transparency and open to scrutiny. The point out of a 15% kickback in the social media publish is unfounded.”
Nopparat Kulhiran, the founder of Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co, dispelled the allegations levelled towards her firm as baseless. She acknowledged that the claims were designed to tarnish both the reputation of her firm and the RTN.
She urged the administrator of the Facebook page to reveal the supply of their data to validate their claim. Nopparat said…
“As an organization, we pride ourselves on good governance and transparency in all our business dealings. It’s distressing to see these false allegations.”
As per her assertion, the company has been serving the federal government defence and safety sectors since 1968 and likewise providing maintenance providers. Most of the company’s revenues, she informed, derive from exports quite than home gross sales.
“We have equipped our products to the Thai army for close to 5 many years, and our reputation extends past Thailand.”
In a stern message, Nopparat warned that she wouldn’t hesitate to take legal motion in opposition to the CSI LA Facebook page and any media retailers disseminating false data. Nopparat said…
“In the curiosity of equity, media outlets are requested to confirm the veracity of any information earlier than broadcasting it. If any damage is completed to the company’s status, I will not hesitate to train our rights and take lawful motion to guard it.”

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