It is up to luxury watch-wearing Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan to decide whether he will step down from advising a government anti-graft body, said Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam on Thursday.
Wissanu was responding to a call for PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha, to ask Prawit to resign from advising the board of directors of the Centre for National Anti-Corruption (CNAC).
“To resign or not it’s up to Prawit,” responded Wissanu. “And to oust him or not, it depends on another person.” Prawit has never attended meetings of the CNAC, he added.
Tortrakul Yomnak, chairman of a CNAC sub-committee of the board, submitted a letter to Prayut on behalf of the board chairman. The letter called on Prayut to take action against Prawit, by asking the scandal-clad deputy PM to resign from the post.
Prawit has been hit with an ongoing watch scandal since last December, when he was first seen wearing a luxury watch costing more than Bt2 million and a diamond ring. Prawit later was exposed by social media for wearing around 25 luxury watches with a worth estimated to exceed Bt30 million, and failing to declare them in his assets listing to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
The agency is investigating the origin of the watches. Prawit said they were borrowed from his friends, some of whom had died, and had already returned them to their owners.