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Prayuth urges businesses to do more to help the underprivileged

Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday urged business sectors to help the poor, saying it was time for everyone to help the country surmount this time of crisis.

Speaking on his weekly television programme, Prayuth said cooperation was needed across a broad spectrum of industries including merchandising, export, construction and transport. He said leading figures in those industries needed to brainstorm to find a way out for the country in this time of global uncertainty.

"Everyone must lower prices, increase purchasing power, and maintain appropriate profits," he said. "They have to think of those with low incomes.

"If you substantially lower the price of the products you buy from farmers, they will not be able to survive. The state cannot spend a lot of money or provide price support for everyone."

Prayuth called on business associations and groups as well as companies and individuals to register with the Damrongtham complaint centres in each province as a way of helping the country, adding that name lists would be forwarded to the National Council for Peace and Order and the government.

"The NCPO and those with low incomes will then be well aware of your kindness. I would like to thank you all in advance," he said.

He urged people to refrain from protesting and find a suitable solution to a problem by petitioning the Damrongtham Centre, which would then connect them with relevant agencies for redress. The complaint centres, which were set up by the Interior Ministry nationwide, should be involved in solving issues and preventing protests in Bangkok, he said.

"There is no need to camp out on the streets," he said. "It is quite difficult without amenities available.

Street protests "incur transport and living costs, which is a waste not only of money but also of time. It is better to stay at home and convey messages through the Damrongtham Centre," he said.


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