FIRE TRUCKS: Samak admits placing order, still tries to blame Apirak - Bangkok Post, February 1, 2006
[Contracts for strangely expensive vehicles have been common in Thai political life. Also, during Samak's governorship there were a series of deals negotiated by Samak himself with business concerns such as the ring road mass transit plan.]
Former Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej has admitted to ordering 176 fire trucks from Austria for use by City Hall and accused his successor Apirak Kosayodhin of failing to cancel the contract upon detecting irregularities in the deal. The procurement hit the headlines after the Thai-language Daily News newspaper reported on Monday that the price of the trucks, at 6.8 million baht, including import tariffs, was three-times that of the locally-produced model. It was also found the trucks were made in Thailand, exported to Britain, acquired by the Australian firm and then shipped back to Thailand...
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