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Military protection for two whistleblowers of fund for the destitute

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered military protection for two whistle-blowers who exposed the plundering of fund for the destitute at Khon Kaen centre for the protection of the destitute.

Colonel Pitakphol Chusri, information chief of Khon Kaen peace-keeping force, said Monday that troops from the Sripatcharin barracks had been ordered to be sent to provide protection to Ms Panita Yospanya, a student of the faculty of humanities and social science of Maha Sarakham University, and a former employee of the Khon Kaen centre for the protection of the destitute.

Ms Panita told the media today that she felt very relieved that she would be given protection by the military.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the university administration had set up a panel to investigate a lecturer who allegedly reprimanded Ms Panita for her role in exposing the alleged corruption in the Khon Kaen centre, saying that her exposure has ruined the reputation of the university.

Ms Panita who worked as a trainee at the Khon Kaen centre saw the irregularities in the centre and lodged a complaint with the National Council for Peace and Order, resulting to an investigation by the Office of the Auditor-General and the Public Section Anti-Corruption Commission. Eventually, all 37 centres were investigated.

Ms Natthakarn Muenphol, former employee of the Khon Kaen centre, was fired from the centre last year. She took the case to the Administrative Court against the centre for unfair dismissal and exposed the alleged corruption in the centre.

The two women were given citations and scholarships by the Khon Kaen provincial public relations office on Monday.


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