PAT director quits post

Officials of the Port Authority of Thailand rallied in front of the head office's building in Klong Toey Friday afternoon after they learned that their director, Mr Sutthinant Hatthawong, has resigned.

It was reported that the PAT board had approved the director's resignation although it was still unclear what prompted him to quit abruptly.

Prior to becoming PAT director in 2015, Mr Sutthinant was director of Laem Chabang deep-sea port during which he awarded a computer software company, Burapha Terminal, a 7-month contract worth 52 million to undertake the uploading of containers onto the train at the seaport without staging an open bid.

It was reported that, in March this year, the Office of the Auditor-General served a notice to PAT director Mr Sutthinant demanding a clarification about why he chose a special method in awarding the contract instead of staging an open bid.

The OAG pointed out that Burapha Terminal had no experience in handling containers uploading but was just a software company where there are six private firms which have experience in this field of work but were not chosen.

The contract was eventually scrapped and a fact-finding team formed to probe the issue by the PAT.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)