A group of 200 Consumer Protection Network members yesterday organised a bicycle rally from the Royal Plaza to Parliament to draw attention to their demand that a law be passed to establish an independent consumer-protection organisation.
The group, led by Consumer Protection Foundation (CPF) chief Saree Ongsomwang, also submitted 107,905 names in support of its appeal for the lawmakers to take speedy action to establish the independent body as called for under Article 61 of the Constitution.
Such a body would be the eyes and ears of the public and protect consumers from being taken advantage of, Saree said.
The group said the draft legislation to establish the organisation was being considered by a joint House-Senate committee, pending addition to the House’s meeting agenda. It wants the law, which it says would be useful to the public, to be put into effect.
Saying the law would create a new mechanism to better protect consumers, she urged the House and Senate to approve it so the prime minister could present it for the King’s signature and announcement in the Royal Gazette, paving the way for its implementation. The bicycle campaign also aimed to educate people about Article 61 and the upcoming law’s benefits to consumers, Saree said.
Wattana Sengphairoh, the spokesman for House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont, received the group’s appeal letter and said he would notify Somsak about this matter.