Khon Kaen governor orders security for student whistle blowers

The Khon Kaen provincial governor has ordered security to be provided to students of Mahasarakham University who exposed corruption in the Khon Kaen Protection Center for the Destitute.

The director of the Khon Kaen Protection Center for the Destitute has been ordered transferred out of Khon Kaen by the director-general of Social Development and Welfare Department following a complaint to the National Council for Peace and Order of alleged corruption in the centre by a group of students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of the Mahasarakham University.

The students worked as trainees at the centre and they were told to falsify the signatures of about 2,000 villagers in their receipts to acknowledge their acceptance of welfare allowance from the centre.

The alleged corruption case is now being investigated by the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission's Zone 4 Office.

Khon Kaen governor Somsak Jungtrakul said he had instructed officials concerned to give full cooperation to the probe team in its investigation of the alleged corruption in the center.

Also, he said he had ordered security to be provided to the student whistle blowers.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)