BMA sets up arts centre probe

national May 31, 2018 06:00

By The Nation

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Bangkok Metropolitan Council (BMC) on Wednesday agreed to set a committee to study the management of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).

The 11-member committee will be selected within 90 days and will then study how the non-profit BACC Foundation should run the arts centre and maintain transparency in management.

Chaired by Captain Kriangsak Lohachala, the weekly council meeting also included the Bangkok Governor Aswin Khwanmuang. 

On May 16, Aswin withdrew his controversial proposal that the city takes over management of the BACC, after the Artists Network for Free BACC and social media pressured to scrap the controversial plan.

However, the council meeting today found that the management of the BACC Foundation may have contravened the law. 

Moreover, a memorandum of understanding between the BMA and BACC Foundation on financial support is not clear, so this year the BMA could not provide as much support as before. 

After funding the centre since it opened 10 years ago, the BMA cut its funding this year. 

The council said the capital comes from taxpayers, so BMA wanted transparency.

According to the MOU, if the foundation did not follow the rules, City Hall can terminate the contract immediately, before its conclusion in 2064.