NACC mulls increasing the 3,000-baht limit in value of gifts

The National Anti-Corruption Commission is considering amending its announcement to adjust up the 3,000-baht limit in value of gifts that can be given and taken by government officials, said Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on Thursday (Jan 4).

He pointed out that the 3,000 baht limit was set by the NACC announcement in 1999 which did not reflect the present day's cost of living, adding that the NACC can initiate the changes to the announcement by itself, Post Today reported.

Thai Constitution Protection Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya on Wednesday (Jan 3) petitioned the NACC to investigate Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for giving two dogs, worth more than 3,000 baht each, as gifts to Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya and Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.

Gen Prayut later clarified that he had not received the dogs from the breeder yet and he was ready to resell them once the dogs were delivered to him.

Meanwhile, Gen Anupong and Gen Chatchai said they would not accept the dogs from the prime minister because the dogs are worth more than 3,000 baht each.

Commenting on Gen Prayut's plan to give Bangkaew dogs to the two ministers, Mr Wissanu said that he would buy two of the dogs from the prime minister if no one has wanted them.

Mr Wissanu hinted that he had the way to buy the dogs without defying the NACC announcement, saying that he has already had one dog in his house.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)