The cost of the scam devicesBy Bangkok Pundit Feb 04, 2010 9:00AM UTC
Matichon has an article with the following information provided to Matichon by Deputy PM Suthep:
|Jun 2006||Air Force||GT200||4||Avia Satcom||No information||No information|
|Feb 2009||Army||GT200||222||Avia Satcom||900,000||199,800,000|
|Mar 2009||ONCB/Narcotics||Alpha 6||10||ป.จำกัดเปโตกรุงเทพ||663,400||6,634,000|
|Apr 2009||ปช.ภ.4||GT200||50||Avia Satcom||1,000,000||50,000,000|
|Jun 2009||Customs||GT200||6||Avia Satcom||426,000||2,560,000|
|Jul 2009||Chainat Province||GT200||1||Avia Satcom||550,000||550,000|
|Aug 2009||Interior Ministry||Alpha 6||479||ป.จำกัดเปโตกรุงเทพ||720,000||344,880,000|
The article also notes that the GT200 purchased from Avia Satcom by the army for use in the Deep South was purchased throughout 2009 and there are 535 GT200 devices costing between 900,000-1,200-000 Baht each (the higher price is for those with the detection cards). Therefore, you can approximate another 535 million baht to the total amount spent.
BP: The month/year indicated seems to be purchase/delivery date, but it could have been budgeted before that – most previous news articles referr to the 535 GT200 devices being funded from the ISOC budget in 2007.
btw, notice the “reverse bulk discount effect”. Buy one or a few for 400,000-500,000 Baht each, but buy a couple hundred of more and the unit price shoots up to 1 million Baht. If they could sell devices to Customs at 426,000 Baht, imagine what the cut would be on the 535 sold to the military.