Public doubts Future Forward’s MP bribery claim

13-Jun-2019 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A slim majority of people doubt a claim by the Future Forward Party (FFP) that 13 of its MPs were offered money in exchange for supporting Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister, and a large majority would like the party to show evidence of the attempted bribery, according to a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration.

Nida conducted the survey on 1,267 people sampled through phone nationwide on Monday and Tuesday following a press conference on June 4 when 13 FFP MPs claimed they were offered 30-120 million baht each to vote for Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister. Slightly more than half of respondents53 percentdoubted the claim was true, saying there was no evidence.

The survey found that 21.70 percent of respondents believed the bribery accusation but doubted that any FFP MP was offered as much as 120 million baht. A further 15.23 percent believed both the claim and the 120 million-baht figure, while 9.79 percent were unsure.

Asked if FFP should take legal action against the party that allegedly offered to buy its MPs, 77.27 percent of the respondents said ‘yes,’ demanding that that FFP show evidence to back the claim, while 15.78 percent said the party should not take any action in order to protect the safety of its members.


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