"Some members of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission [NBTC] are feeling ''uncomfortable'' after a colleague [Ms. Supinya Klangnarong] called for a new code of conduct regarding corporate gift giving,…", according to the the 9 March 2012 edition of the Bangkok Post. This 9 March article says:
Ms Supinya said she raised the issue as she regarded the acceptance of such gifts might be construed as a conflict of interest and violate an anti-corruption rule which bars government officials from receiving gifts worth more than 3,000 baht.
One commissioner, who asked not to be named, said he plans to raise Ms Supinya's disclosure at the next board meeting. He said the commission might resort to issuing a warning to Ms Supinya.
''Her non-creative disclosure about the gifts has severely damaged the reputation of the regulatory organisation,'' he said. A commissioner's decision to accept or reject a gift is within his or her ability to make and need not be publicised through the media.
Several other commissioners also criticized this disclosure by Ms. Supinya. All of the commissioners voicing criticism of Ms. Supinya's disclosure or the proposed regulation asked not to be named.
Earlier, NBTC member, Supinya Klangnarong, had called upon the NBTC "to draw up a clear code of conduct on gifts after a telecommunications giant gave her an iPhone," reported the 8 March 2012 edition of the Bangkok Post. According to the Bangkok Post, "an executive presented an iPhone 4Gs with 64GB memory in a New Year gift basket but she rejected the offering. The basket also contained a Buddha image, coffee and fruits." She also expressed concerns about whether acceptance of this gift would violate regulations of the National Anti Counter Corruption Commission. For a summary of Thai anti-corruption laws, click here. According to the Bangkok Post, "an executive presented an iPhone 4Gs with 64GB memory in a New Year gift basket but she rejected the offering. The basket also contained a Buddha image, coffee and fruits." The telecommunications giant was not identified in this article, but the Nation reported in a 12 March 2012 article that key members of the NBTC considered a code of conduct should be discussed at the next NBTC board meeting on Wednesday, and that: "When interviewed by Isra News Agency yesterday, Advanced Info Service chief executive officer Wichian Mektrakarn said AIS sent New Year gift baskets with Buddha images to NBTC commissioners but he had no idea whether they contained mobile devices."
Thai law does contain restrictions on gifts exceeding 3,000 Baht (roughly US$100) in value; for a summary of Thai anti-corruption laws, click here.