THE Thai Government is sending officials to the territory next week to conduct their own investigations into an alleged multi-million dollar wage fraud involving Kwai Chung viaduct project workers. At least five senior officials will come to find out facts from their 840 countrymen. Sources in Bangkok confirmed to the South China Morning Post that Phan Chanparn, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, and the newly appointed Director-General of the Employment and Recruitment Section, Prasit Chaichongphan, would lead the delegation. The allegations came to light after the workers called a half-day strike three weeks ago, claiming they had received only half of their wages. It was later found that about half of the 'missing' money had been legitimately deducted for food and accommodation. The workers have filed complaints to the Labour Department over claims of an estimated $25 million. It is understood the Thai officials will also meet Hong Kong labour officials and exchange information with police. The decision to visit Hong Kong was made yesterday morning in Bangkok after an emergency meeting chaired by Mr Chanparn. Sinchai Leantrakul, former director-general of the Employment and Recruitment Section, was dismissed on Tuesday. But it is not clear whether it was related to his personal association with an agency involved in arranging for the Thai workers to come to Hong Kong. The Commercial Crime Bureau said a French businessman, who was a representative of the agency in Hong Kong, had been put on an international watch list.