Unofficial list of PDRC funders leaked

The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) had decided to postpone revealing the names of 136 firms and individuals said to be funding anti-government protests, but a list of 32 alleged financial backers has been leaked to the media.

The reports identify 19 companies and 13 individuals who are allegedly funding People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protests. 

Post Today newspaper named the 19 companies as Saha Pathanapibul Plc, Gaysorn Plaza, Siam Paragon Department Store, King Power Group, Dusit Thani Hotel, Siam Intercontinental Hotel, Riverside Hotel, Mitr Phol Group, Wangkanai Group, Boon Rawd Brewery Co, Thai Beverage Plc, Yakult (Thailand) Co, Neptune Co, Thai Namthip Co, Muang Thai Life Assurance Co, Hello Bangkok Co and Metro Machinery Group.

The 13 individuals were identified as Chumpol Suksai, Chalerm Yoovidhya, Pramon Suthiwong, Khunying Kallaya, Nuanphan Lamsam, Wimolphan Pitathawatcha, Dr Pichet Wiriyachitra, TayaTeepsuwan, Sakchai Guy, Krisana Mutitanant, Pol Gen Kitti Rattanachaya, Chitpas Kridakorn and Issara Vongkusolkit.

However, PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban told supporters on Tuesday night that none of the people on the list, except Sakchai Guy, had provided financial support to his political movement.

Mr Suthep said Mr Sakchai donated money generated from selling T-shirts to PDRC.

Mr Pramon, chairman of Toyota (Thailand), also denied any financial involvement with the PDCR. He said he is considering a lawsuit against the CMPO if it officially accused him of funding protests, since as such information would damage his reputation and company.

Boonchai Chokwatana, the chief executive of Thailand’s leading consumer goods producer Saha Pathanapibul Plc, is also considering a defamation case against the CMPO if it formalises the accusation.

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Discussion 1 : 13/02/2014 at 09:00 PM
Does anyone have an explanation why there are so many hotels on the list? Doesn't the tourist branch suffer the most from the crisis?
Discussion 2 : 13/02/2014 at 12:46 AM
the list is more likely to be very large,not enough space to print,good on the supporters,more silent majority should be included as well,goverment must take that into account as well.please,please show the public the list.
Discussion 3 : 12/02/2014 at 03:43 PM
Not true. Public companies take a stand for or against political issues all the time. That is why these companies have a board of directors. If you don't like the direction they are heading, you either help change the board, sell you interest, or shut up. Can you imagine all several million investors in Apple having to be of the same mind when they take on social issues. On a side note, it is interesting how many large Thai corporations are included in this list. Makes you think....
Discussion 4 : 12/02/2014 at 03:37 PM
I do hope whoever ‘leaked’ here has checked their facts first — one imagines that these alleged ‘donors’ probably retain the type of lawyers who bite really, really hard.
Discussion 5 : 12/02/2014 at 01:25 PM
Public companies must remain neutral of political opinions unless all their investors are of the same mind.

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