Pheu Thai argues Abhisit is fabricating corruption figures


BANGKOK, 22 October 2013 Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit has lashed out at Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s claim that the current Pheu Thai government, under the management of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has incurred 235 billion baht of corruption losses. 

According to Mr. Prompong, the corruption losses Mr. Abhisit accused the Pheu Thai government of incurring, especially in relation to the rice pledging scheme, is not true, and that Mr. Abhisit is simply fabricating his accusations and using references from academics who do not see eye-to-eye with the government’s policies.

The Pheu Thai spokesman pointed out that its rice pledging scheme had never undergone any official verification from the justice department or from any other independent entities. Moreover, the 2 trillion baht loan bill has not yet been approved by the Senate, and the 350 billion baht budget for the water management project has not even begun. Therefore, Mr. Prompong argued that Mr. Abhisit’s claim that the government is stealing money from the national budget is a shameful, deplorable and groundless accusation.

Mr. Prompong further stated that Ms. Yingluck’s government policies are ones that could certainly boast true results and benefit the country as a whole. Furthermore, he noted that many of the country’s economists and academics also supported the infrastructure overhauling project.