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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Samak denies irregularities in BMA flood-easing tunnel project

Samak denies irregularities in BMA flood-easing tunnel project

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Sunday denied that there were
irregularities in a flood-easing tunnel project commenced when he was
governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

was reacting to reports that an executive of a Japanese construction
firm had admitted to Japanese prosecutor that he had paid a bribe to
Thai officials in return for favours connected to the tunnel project.

said he did not explain the issue during the week because he did not
trust the Thai media so he waited to give the explanation during his
live talk programme.

He said the project had been ruled by the
Administrative Court as being transparent after a Thai construction
firm sued the BMA and Japanese firm as violating the law against
collusion to win government's projects.

Samak said the BMA also managed to negotiate for reduction of the construction cost so there were no bribery in the project.

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