FFP's Pannika singled out for 'unusual' party donation
Activist Srisuwan Janya will ask the Election Commission to look into the assets of Pannika Wanich, MP and spokeswoman of Future Forward Party (FFP), after she made a large donation to her party despite only reporting a relatively modest income to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
Back in August, Ms Pannika reported having about 91,000 baht in cash across four bank accounts to the NACC. In total, she reported having 3.3-million baht worth of assets, which included jewellery, two cars, and a sum of 864,000 baht which she had set aside for investment.
Mr Srisuwan, who is also secretary-general of the Association for the Protection of the Thai Constitution, said that considering that she "only had several thousand baht" in her bank account, it was unusual to see her make a one-million-baht donation to the FFP on Nov 13 last year.
"The Election Commission, which recently revealed the financial aid given to parties between October last year to January, needs to look into the issue as it may involve irregularities," he said. Mr Srisuwan urged Ms Pannika to clarify the source of her donation to dismiss speculation the donation might have been illegally obtained or was "given by another donor to divide his donations to avoid violating the law."
His accusation is the latest to hit the problem-plagued FFP, which is currently split by an internal conflict which may see about 50 members and former election candidates resign from the party on Monday, out of frustration with the party's management. Several members claimed they "can't get close" to party executives, while a number of candidates who did not win in the last election claimed they were "ignored" by the party's elite.
"It seems party heavyweights -- including leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit -- are no longer interested [in unsuccessful candidates], though the FFP leader had promised to give them jobs that match their background," said a source. "But now Mr Thanathorn tells them not to make any demands on the party."
On a related note, a survey by the Super Poll Research Centre, or Super Poll, found most Thais would "feel nothing" if the FFP is dissolved.