Thai politicians told to end the high life

Thai politicians told to end the high life

BANGKOK - PM's Office permanent secretary Panadda Diskul said he was shocked to learn that some provincial politicians are living in the lap of luxury without shame at the expense of taxpayers. Panadda made the comment yesterday on Facebook.

He said some Provincial Administrative Organisation presidents were not satisfied with flying business class and would fly first class only.

"The type of wine they drink costs Bt100,000 per bottle. But at the same time, one demanded the air hostesses serve shrimp paste and fish sauce," Panadda wrote.

"The hostesses were exhausted. A close aide [of the politician] who was sitting in economy class was summoned to wait on him in the first-class section of the plane for hours. Moreover, a close friend of the local politician was asked to act as his proxy to buy a vacation home in Europe.

"I got this piece of information and I was shocked at how far they have gone. They are just local politicians and how would they behave if they rise to national level?

"It's not only local politicians but government officials and state enterprise officials also want to live a luxurious life without shame and the guilty should go into private business. Do not be politicians or bureaucrats because they are just a disgrace to the institution."

Meanwhile, as the country prepares to select the Reform Council members, a lawmaker has expressed concern that time constraint was a major obstacle to successful reform.

Former appointed senator Kamnoon Sidhisamarn said the NRC had only 18 months to carry out its work and he was unsure whether that was enough time to solve all the major political issues, especially destroying the parliamentary dictatorship that was deeply ingrained in Thai politics by capitalist politicians.

He urged the National Council for Peace and Order to ensure that the country did not go back to square one and face the vicious circle of politics before the May 22 coup.

Pheu Thai Party deputy secretary-general Chavalit Wichayasuthi called on the political sector to give the security sector a chance and not block its efforts to heal the political rifts deeply rooted in every sector of society.

"This national division has become a major obstacle to the country's development to the point that investors may relocate from our country," he said.

"Political instability can also lead to other serious problems. We will not be able to catch up with our neighbours.''

Chavalit described the battle as a fight against the "black hole of conflicts".

"The political struggle has left our country bruised. Using the rule of law to solve the problems may not be enough. We must use religious principles of compassion and forgiveness,'' he said.

NCPO chief Prayuth Chan-ocha voiced concern during his weekly television address on Friday that opposition to the NCPO was still rife.

"They print leaflets and use social network to make false accusations against us [and say] 'bring back democracy, return power to the people and hold an election'.'' Prayuth said.

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