A junta-appointed legislator raged at the media for showing his fellow legislators sleeping in a session deliberating the Bt3-trillion national budget for the next fiscal year.
“[They] distorted the work of our five rivers of power,” said the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) member Somchai Sawangkarn, referring to the junta and four of its branches of government.
“They showed photos of NLA members sleeping via social media. Throughout four years, I think the media is the area which never reforms itself. Over 90 per cent are good but the rest create distortion and conflict,” he said.
The Bt3-trillion budget was passed smoothly by the NLA, which approved its “suitability” to the government’s mission and national strategy.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha led some cabinet members to the session for his 90-minute explanation of the pricey budget.
“With this high budget, many wondered if there could be corruption. But with that mindset, we would be unable to do anything at all,” Prayut said. “Corruption is not about the system. It all depends on people.”