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Deposed PM crticised for attacking sufficiency economy

A junta member made a veiled attack on Wednesday against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who criticised the royal thinking on sufficiency economy theory, saying the true colour of a traitor would prove to be his own downfall.

"The traitor is slated to be banished to live foever in the jungle because there is no place in society for a deceitful politician," Council for National Security (CNS) assistant secretarygeneral Saprang Kalayanamitr said, without mentioning any names.

Saprang spoke to a group of 1,000 local politicians, government officials and community leaders, rallying them to assist in uprooting the legacy of the ousted government.

"Civil servants should know they are dispensing duties on His Majesty's behalf, so they are not supposed to allow themselves to become henchmen for rogue politicians," he said.

"The CNS had to step in to usher political reforms because of widespread power abuses," he said.

It is everyone's duty to prevent a repeat of the grandscale manipulation of the political system to hold on to power, he said.

"The irregularities plaguing the construction of Suvarnabhumi Airport showed how corrupt politicians rigged the state coffers and spread the money around to boost their power," he said.

He said the CNS wanted to improve on the political system so as to ensure that the rogue Thaksin regime could not regain power.

"If rogue politicians return to power following the next general election, the three pillars of society - the nation, the religion and the monarchy - might crumble due to more attacks," he said.

After delivering his speech, he voiced optimism that politics would be back on track after members of the public realised what had gone wrong with the ousted government.

"The political awareness of each individual is more important than any changes in mechamisms," he said.

Turning to the Monday's appointment of acting national police chief, he said General Seripisuth Temeyavej should be given a chance to prove himself at the job.

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