Thailand Army Corruption
Thailand army corruption are in Billions. Military spending rose sharply after the Sept 19, 2006 coup that overthrew the Thaksin Shinawatra administration. The Billionaire Generals! Made in “Thailand Royal Army” with a twist “Coup”.
The Defense Ministry’s spending in 2007, during the coup-installed Gen Surayuth Chulanond administration, shot up by 33.8% to more than 115 billion baht, from 85.9 billion in the 2006 fiscal year. In the 2008 fiscal year, defence expenditure rose by 24.7% from the year before to 143 billion baht. Under the Samak Sundaravej and Abhisit Vejjajiva administrations, military budgets rose by 24.7% in 2008 and 18.5% in 2009 respectively.
The Thai military is a source of cost overruns and corruption allegations. Who forgets the GT200 bomb detectors that turned out to be an embarrassing scam. They are lumps of plastic with no working mechanical parts. Army commander Anupong Paojinda was the one who approved the purchase for 1.4 million baht each in 2009.
Who forgets the 350 million baht purchase of a leaky surveillance which the army has named “Sky Dragon.” that airship is the brainchild of Gen Anupong and his second-in-command, Gen Prayuth at that time (Now, He is The “Man in Charge”, (not only of the army but the whole country), with no questions asked).
General Anupong had reportedly agreed to purchase 3 airships for the army. The problem is that the airship can’t do what it is meant to, and there has even been trouble getting it into the air. The airship has seepage holes and it initially costs 2.8 million baht to inflate and then 280,000 baht a month to top-up. It remains in a hanger, never used. It is a bigger Scam than the GT200.
The company involved was founded in mid-2008 and has 12 employees. How on earth did “Royal Thai Army” even know about them?. It seems they are agents for the real manufactures.
Something fishy in these deals, money and corruption rules Thailand Royal Army. Wealthy Generals on Top. Not the poor enlisted soldiers. No wealth sharing. No piece of the pie. It’s the whole pie. Let’s wait and see 2015 Defense Budget.
Thailand’s military government raised 2015 defense budget to THB193 billion (USD6 billion), representing a 5% increase over spending in 2014. The funding represents approximately 8% of the total government expenditure during the 2015 fiscal year