Editorial: 8 July 2013

A number of media has reported recently that Ms. Supa Piyajitti, head of the Finance Ministry Subcommittee, recently testified to the Committee of Economics, Commerce and Industry that the government′s rice-pledging scheme has been corrupted in ′every process′.

Rice-pledging scheme,
media and instigation
Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra promptly responded to the news by vowing that if there is any proof that the
programme is indeed corrupted in ′every process′, she is willing to appoint the right team to
investigate the process and clarify all doubts, and that corrupted officers will be
 However, later, Ms. Supa claimed she did not make such
comments, and what she has done was only to ′give out the information′ rather than to ′hold a press
Once asked if she thought the whole process was fully
corrupted, which part of it that she thinks is most corrupted, Ms. Supa said she only claimed that
there is ′a possibility of corruptions′, and her statement did not indicate that the ′whole process′
was corrupted.
 The interesting insights from this issue were that;
first, although Ms. Supa did not intend to give out such information, the government′s investigation
process should still be continued.
 Second, everyone involved in
this ′dilemma′ should learned the lesson that ′instigation′ or ′information sedition′ can be used to
destroy  political opponents, and that such methods still
Members of the media should be aware that they could also
serve as instruments for the smear campaign, whether intentionally or otherwise.