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With govt rice dealings hidden from public view, a search for the truth reveals trail of suspicious people & deals connected to red-shirt Arisman, fake companies... 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra responds to allegations from opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva that the rice-pledging scheme has failed. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD



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Politics

Dems say China firm used as rice sale proxy

Debate cites links to Thaksin-era exporter
27/11/2012
Mongkol Bangprapa & Penchan Charoensuthipan

The opposition says it suspects that a Thai rice exporter has used a Chinese firm as a front company, in an attempt to benefit from the government's rice pledging scheme.

The Democrat Party highlighted alleged irregularities in the scheme on the second day of its censure debate against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration yesterday.

A Democrat MP for Phitsanulok ... said GSSG Import & Export Corp, a China-based trading firm, may have acted as a front for a Thai rice exporter.

....GSSG is represented in Thailand by Ratthanit Sojiratkul.

He is an assistant to Pheu Thai-list MP Rapipan Pongruangrong, wife of Arisman Pongruangrong, a leader of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.

Mr Ratthanit reportedly appointed Nimol Rakdee as his representative to seek the release of 5,000 tonnes of broken rice from rice pledging stocks stored in a warehouse in Phichit's Bang Mun Nak district, claiming it was destined for export to China.

The Democrat MP said Mr Nimol has close connections with executives of Siam Indica Co, an associated firm of President Agri Trading Co.

President Agri Trading was the country's biggest rice exporter during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration before it ran into financial trouble and faced accusations of fraud and embezzlement of over 30,000 tonnes of rice in 2007.

"Mr Ratthanit's house is very old and his bank account has little money, so why did the Chinese firm appoint him as its authorised representative?" Mr Warong said.

He claimed Mr Nimol was the same person implicated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission in alleged rice sale irregularities during Thaksin's tenure.

If the Chinese firm was used as a front for the Thai company, the Thai exporter would make 3,000 baht per tonne through the government's rice pledging programme.

Democrat MP for Yala Prasert Pongsuwansiri yesterday accused the government of favouring Siam Indica in rice bidding.

He cited a letter from the Thai Rice Exporters' Association recently sent to the government asking why the company was allowed to export 300,000 tonnes of 15% white rice to Indonesia without bidding...

...He raised doubts over Ms Yingluck's comments that government-to-government (G-to-G) rice sales stand at 1.4 million tonnes, saying the customs office has documented only 649,000 tonnes of rice exports during this administration.

The difference could be the result of a quantity of rice being recirculated two or three times, he alleged...

(Source: Bangkok Post, Politics, Dems say China firm used as rice sale proxy, Debate cites links to Thaksin-era exporter, 27/11/2012, Mongkol Bangprapa & Penchan Charoensuthipan, link


Rice Industry Vocabulary

government transparency - open government, when government dealings are not hidden from public view; the idea that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight (See Wikipedia)

allegations - accusations,  claim wrongdoing by someone, but not proven yet proven ข้อกล่าวหา
opposition - of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government ฝ่ายค้าน ผู้ต่อต้าน

the Prime Minister responds to allegations from the opposition

scheme - a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people แผนการ โครงการ
the rice-pledging scheme

proxy - a person or company who acts for another person or company;  somebody who does things for someone else, an agent ตัวแทน
rice sale proxy

firm - a business or company บริษัท
China firm used as rice sale proxy

links - connections ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
debate cites links to Thaksin-era exporter

suspects - people who may have committed the crime, identified by the police ผู้ต้องสงสัย
the opposition suspects that ....

a front - something such as a legal business used to hide some other illegal activity
a front company
a Thai rice exporter has used a Chinese firm as a front company

acted as a front for
a China-based trading firm, may have acted as a front for a Thai rice exporter.

benefit - to get help or an advantage from something ผลประโยชน์
an attempt to benefit from the government's rice pledging scheme

alleged - claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา

irregularities - things that are not normal and therefore suspicious (might indicate problem or wrong-doing) ความไม่สงบ (rules, laws or usual ways of doing something have not been followed)

highlighted - emphasized, made more noticeable ที่เน้นย้ำ
highlighted alleged irregularities

the Democrat Party highlighted alleged irregularities in the rice pledging scheme  

censure
- to express strong criticism or disapproval ตำหนิ, ติเตียน (See Wikipedia)
debate - a discussion or formal argument on an issue between people with different views (See Wikipedia)
censure debate - when the opposition party finds fault with the current government which provides an answer (rebuttal)

administration - one government that a country has for a period of time
the second day of its censure debate against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration

appointed - scheduled ตามกำหนดการ
representative - a person who acts for another person, doing things for them and making some decisions for them; agent, delegate, proxy ตัวแทน,  ผู้แทน
appointed as representative

release - to set someone or something free, go out from some place, leave some place ปล่อยเป็นอิสระ
stocks - large amounts stored for future use
warehouse - a large building for storing things โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ

seek the release of 5,000 tonnes of broken rice from rice pledging stocks stored in a warehouse

claim - say something is true but not prove it yet
claiming the rice was destined for export to China.

connections - the way two things are related (work together or influence each other) ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
executives - a high level manager in a company (making plans and ensuring they executed successfully) ผู้บริหาร
close connections with executives

associated - connected, linked ที่สัมพันธ์กัน, ที่เกี่ยวข้องกัน
an associated firm 
an associated firm of President Agri Trading Co

he has close connections with executives of Siam Indica Co, an associated firm of President Agri Trading Co.

fraud - the crime of gaining money by tricking or lieing to people การโกง การตุ้มตุ๋น (See Wikipedia) การฉ้อโกง การหลอกลวง เล่ห์เพทุบาย การปลอมแปลง

embezzlement - the crime of secretly taking money that is in your care or that belongs to an organisation or business you work for การยักยอกเงิน, การฉ้อโกงเงิน (See Wikipedia)

accusations - bad things that others say that you have done (but not yet proven)
accusations of fraud and embezzlement

President Agri Trading was the country's biggest rice exporter during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration before it ran into financial trouble and faced accusations of fraud and embezzlement over 30,000 tonnes of rice in 2007.

authorised - activity given official permission to happen ได้สั่งการให้
authorised representative

appoint - to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility แต่งตั้ง,ตั้งให้เป็น
appoint as authorised representative

Mr Ratthanit's house is very old and his bank account has little money, so why did the Chinese firm appoint him as its authorised representative?

tenure - the period of time spent in an important job or government office ในระยะเวลาที่ดำรงตำแหน่ง
Thaksin's tenure

alleged rice sale irregularities during Thaksin's tenure

He claimed Mr Nimol was the same person implicated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission in alleged rice sale irregularities during Thaksin's tenure.

bidding - making an offer to buy something (person who makes best offer can buy the thing)
rice bidding

favour - to treat some people better than others
accused the government of favouring Siam Indica in rice bidding.

cited - mentioned (to support a point you are making or arguing) กล่าวถึง
he cited a letter from the Thai Rice Exporters' Association

doubts - feel uncertain and question whether something is really true; not believing or being certain about something ความสงสัย
raised doubts - created feelings of uncertainty
...he raised doubts over Ms Yingluck's comments that government-to-government (G-to-G) rice sales stand at 1.4 million tonnes,

customs - the government agency that controls goods coming into and going out of the country and collects taxes on them กรมศุลกากร
the customs office has documented only 649,000 tonnes of rice exports during this administration

circulate - to go around
re -
again, to happen again for a second, third, fourth time ...
recirculate - to go around again, to be sold several times (again and again) 

a quantity of rice being recirculated two or three times

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