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A potential mega scandal is brewing as the chief of the company that won a huge contract to supply eco-friendly buses to the BMTA has complained to the treasury department.
Customs say there are problems in the paperwork and they are investigating whether the buses were really made in Malaysia or
whether they were in fact manufactured in China, reports Thairath.
The container ship carrying them to Thailand originated in China and went via Malaysia.
Because of Asean trade agreements the difference in tax payable on the vehicles could be as much as 1.2 million baht per bus were they actually made in China.
Khanit Sriwachiraprapha of Bestrin Co Ltd that won the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority contract is furious that the vehicles are stuck in the port.
They are meant to be on the capital’s roads by 21st December in a PR show that is expected to feature Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
But at the moment they are going nowhere fast.
Khanit said he was being charged 300,000 baht a day to park the vehicles at the port and it had cost his company 900,000 so far. In addition a second lot of 145 vehicles was due to arrive today and there was no where to park them as the lot was full with the first consignment.
Khanit said: “Customs have told me that they can’t say what the problem is. Why can’t they say?”
Thai Rath quoted a customs spokesman as saying that the problem has arisen because of doubt as to where the vehicles were produced and this was under investigation.