VIDEO: Rain leaks into Thailand’s 12 billion baht Parliament building, again

Rain is pouring through the roof at the Parliament complex in Bangkok’s Dusit district, which opened in May last year and cost 12.28 billion Thai baht to construct, according to former Democrat Party MP Watchara Petthong.

The former MP posted a video of an overflowing wheelbarrow and bucket on the drenched floor at the Parliament complex on Facebook yesterday, complaining that the leaks at the expensive building still hadn’t been repaired. Sandbags were stacked up outside too, he said. Watchara said he took the clip on Tuesday.

“Is this the Parliament that cost 12.28 billion baht to build?”

“Are you not embarrassed?” he asked.

It is not the first time Watchara has taken to social media to mock the faulty construction at Parliament. In April, he posted a video of the carpark at the same building, completely flooded. Watchara blamed the floods on poor construction and warned that such carelessness could put people at risk of electrocution.

In March, a tap-water pipe on the eighth-floor burst, causing a “waterfall” in the rooms of the advisory teams and Deputy Secretary-General of the House of Representatives. The water poured down three elevator shifts, suspending the elevator service.

Between September and October last year, rain leaked through the Suriyan Hall where MPs convene for meetings and at the office of Parliament President Chuan Leekpai said Watchara.

The ex-MP claims that several other similar incidents have occurred but have been covered up by Parliament officials.

The complex was built by Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Company.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue until tomorrow all around the country, according to Thailand’s Meteorological Department.

SOURCE: Thai Pbs

Bangkok News


Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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