Cleaning up the Energy Ministry

Since the resignation of Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, the vacant post has been highly sought after by ambitious power brokers not for its budget, one of the smallest in government, but for its control of lucrative energy contracts plagued by graft and corruption.

A running joke in the energy sector is that one megawatt in power capacity for their projects means 1 million baht in “tea money” or government bribes. 

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Yuthana Praiwan