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Floating in the sea - swanky new Bangkok buses bobbing up and down on a ship as scandal deepens

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Floating in the sea - swanky new Bangkok buses bobbing up and down on a ship as scandal deepens

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BANGKOK: -- Allegations are flying thick and fast as the embarrassing scandal of new eco-friendly Bangkok buses stuck at Laem Chabang port continues.

 

The latest consignment of 145 buses arrived yesterday but could not be unloaded - they are still floating in the sea on the container ship from Malaysia.

 

There is no parking space at the port because the first consignment of 99 blue buses is parked there as officials check customs documentation and refuse to allow the buses to leave.

 

The situation is a total embarrassment as the BMTA wait for delivery ahead of a big PR exercise with the prime minister in Bangkok on the 21st before the launch to the public the next day, reports Daily News.

 

Now it has even been suggested by the BMTA that scrapping the whole contract is a possibility with the Bangkok transport authority keeping a 10% deposit of the 3.39 billion baht mega-deal.

 

Yesterday the president of Bestrin Cio Ltd who won the contract to supply the buses spoke out as the scandal continued.

 

Khanit Sriwachiraprapha said that the 99 vehicles parked at the port could still not be released and 4.8 million baht might have to be paid initially as security to release them. They would need to be fitted with GPS so they could be tracked.

 

Bestrin hired another company, Supersara Company limited to bring in the vehicles and it is the customs "Form D" that is at the center of the problem. This relates to the exact origin of the vehicles.

 

Contact is underway between customs and the Malaysian departments of industry and trade to discover exactly where and what percentage of the vehicles were put together in China and Malaysia.

 

Bestrin were assured that 40% of the vehicles used Malaysian made parts, said Khanit, but if this turns out not to be the case and "Form D" documentation turns out to be falsified a further tax claim of about 586 million baht may have to be coughed up to customs.

 

Khanit said that his company were prepared to pay according to the law but would sue the Malaysian factory who assembled the vehicles for the money. The buses were put together by R and A Commercial Vehicles Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

 

The Malaysian company would be charged with providing false information and documentation, he said.

 

There is a big difference in the tax due, some 40%, because of Asean trade agreements with Malaysia.

 

Khanit stressed that his company won the contract with BMTA to supply the buses but were not the makers of the vehicles.

 

And in a latest development yesterday Surachai Iamwachirasakul of the BMTA said that according to the contract 489 vehicles must all be delivered by the 29th of this month. 

 

If this is not done the BMTA can get compensation of 17,000 baht per vehicle and have the right to scrap the deal altogether and keep a 330 million baht security deposit lodged with a bank.

 

This represents 10% of the deal that is 3.389 billion baht.

 

A news conference organized by Bestrin Co Ltd is expected at 2pm today.

 

Source: Daily News

 
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Let's see how they squirm their way out of this.........great damage to the national reputation.

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2 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Let's see how they squirm their way out of this.........great damage to the national reputation.

Many faces will be lost over this.

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2 hours ago, Lammbock said:

And in the meantime speeding Somchais still behind the wheel of "in scrapyard conditioned Bangkok Buses"

Well done :shock1:

Yes you are quite right. Swanky new buses but driven by the same scruffy lunatic cowboys who fancy themselves as Formula 1 drivers. 

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