Apichai Sangsasi, director of Thai Airways International’s Crew General Administration Department, yesterday filed a complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission against a selection committee chaired by Finance Ministry permanent secretary Suparut Kawatkul.
The NACC the day before rejected Suparut’s appeal against a ruling he had violated the law by appointing deputy director-generals at the Finance Ministry.
Apichai said the committee changed the list of nominations for two key executive positions at THAI without the president’s endorsement, in order to benefit certain committee members who had a conflict of interest.
He said that last September 4, the selection committee named himself and Montri Chamriang as executive vice president for operations and business administration, respectively.
However, at another meeting six days later, the committee cancelled the nominations and instead named Porpong Sanpakit and Norahuch Ployyai for the positions.
Upon investigation, the new appointees were found to be connected to some of the committee members, as a brother-in-law and classmates.
Apichai said that prior to the selection committee’s meeting, there had been an attempt to distance himself through charges he caused more than Bt10 million in damage to the company via the rental of crew accommodation in Rome. (Nation)
Thai Airways is like a crashing airplane. First the oil prices, then the economic crisis… A loss of 21 billions THB in 2008, an investment plan cut, the inability to renew an old fleet, a board in total disarray with the changes of government…
But all airlines in the world face many challenges… How come Air France/KLM for instance is (still) able to make profits ?
Thai Airways can no longer hide the uggly truth : this company is not a company. It’s a bordello. An economic bordello.
For long, Thai Airways was the whore of the military… Generals, colonels, retired or not… you have a ridiculous rank and an obscene uniform ? And a sister, a cousin, a buddy, a classmate without a job ? Send them to Thai Airways… That will do the trick…
Then of course the politicians arrived… they wanted also a piece of the milking cow. And they had also sisters, brothers, cousins, maids, classmates etc. 😉
Everything was cool : tourism was boosting… the airline received awards… the hostesses were an object of fantasy… Those were the golden times…
But it was smoke and mirrors.
Now that we have a real, and I mean, a real economic global crisis… the whore has no clothes anymore. Naked.
Her pimps are going to face some serious troubles…
And the poor suckers (AKA the thai tax payers)… will pay. Eventually.
It’s interesting to remember that Abhisit, as a payback for his election, gave the Transports Ministry to a member of the Newin’s MPs gang (Newin is the ex-friend of Thaksin who changed allegiance and gave his support to the Democrat Party, creating the Frankenstein Coalition)…
Thai Airways International has witnessed a 20-per-cent drop in bookings since the government imposed a state of emergency on April 13, a move that has scared away Asian tourists – mostly from China, South Korea and Japan. (Nation)
And minor shareholders are complaining…