February 19, 2013 00:00 By The Nation 3,158 Viewed
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration yesterday had staff remove signs set up by Rak Prathet Thai MP Chuwit Kamolvisit apparently attacking the Democrat Party over irregularities in the new police station project.
BMA City Clerk Ninnart Chalitanon said she ordered all district offices to remove all the signs immediately because only Bangkok governor election signs are allowed to be set up now.
On Friday, Chuwit posted the signs – the same size as campaign banners of election candidates – at several spots around the city.
Most were installed in front of the campaign signs of Democrat candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra. Chuwit’s signs said there was corruption behind the Bt5.5 billion project to build 396 new police stations nationwide. Construction of the stations was abandoned without any being finished.
Chuwit said he made 2,000 signs to inform the public about irregularities behind the project.
Pheu Thai alleged that former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, a Democrat, was behind the irregularities as he changed the scheme to be a centralised project instead of dividing it into nine projects based in the nine police regions.
But the Democrats say that Pheu Thai governor candidate Pongsapat Ponchareon was the man who was in charge of terms of reference for bidding on the project.
Several Pheu Thai MPs yesterday declined to comment on Chuwit’s signs, claiming it had nothing to do with their party.
Democrat election campaign director Ong-art Klampaiboon said he did not care about Chuwit’s signs.