The ruling Pheu Thai Party yesterday launched an exhibition to expose alleged irregularities in projects carried out as part of the previous Democrat-led government's 800-billion-baht economic stimulus package.
The event was staged after the Democrat Party criticised the Yingluck Shinawatra government's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure plan.
The exhibition, which is being held at the ruling party's Bangkok headquarters, was opened at a ceremony presided over by former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat.
The event is designed to highlight allegedly corrupt schemes carried out by the Democrat government under its Thai Khem Khaeng _"Thailand: Investing from Strength to Strength" _ scheme.
The projects include the construction of 396 new police stations, the dust-free roads scheme, the sufficiency-community project and the procurement of medical equipment by the Public Health Ministry.
Mr Somchai praised Pheu Thai for staging the exhibition, which he said will help inform the public of the previous government's use of borrowed money.
He also asked the ruling party to scrutinise projects to be carried out by the Pheu Thai-led government under the 2-trillion-baht borrowing plan, so the public could compare the projects with those of the previous government.
The Democrat Party had the right to oppose the government's borrowing plan, but should do so in a constructive manner, he said.
Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut yesterday defended the Democrats' spending under the Thai Khem Khaeng scheme, saying all projects were transparent.
During the Democrat government, an executive decree was issued to borrow 400 billion baht, but none of the money was disbursed, he said.
Mr Chavanond wondered why the Pheu Thai-led government, which has run the country for almost two years, had been unable to find fault with any projects carried out during the Democrat administration.
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