Government has no plan to tax donations for Toon: government spokesman

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Sunday (Dec 10) categorically denied as completely groundless a report widely shared in the social media that the government is to impose a 7 percent tax on public donations given to rocker-runner Toon Bodyslam for 11 hospitals nationwide.

He said that the report was false and he questioned the real motive of the forger whom he accused of harboring ill intent against the government. He maintained that the government has never conceived such an idea to tax the donations received by Toon, but has been supporting his action all along.

Lt-Gen Sansern also dismissed another false report, claiming that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha donated only 20 baht to Toon's charity run. He, however, declined to disclose the actual amount of donation made by the prime minister, noting that it was a personal matter and the prime minister didn't want it to become an issue for criticism.

He warned the persons who fabricated the false reports and those who shared them in the social media that they might face legal action under the computer crime law.

Officials concerned, he added, are investigating to identify the forgers of the false reports.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)