July 18, 2014 00:00 By PANYA THIOSANGWAN THE NATION
NATIONAL COUNCIL for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked Thai people to join the National Reform Council.
“Thailand’s national reform in the second phase [of the NCPO’s work] on 11 or more issues and needs cooperation from all sectors of society. Until each group crystallises their ideas, it is difficult to lead to reform in the second phase and implementation in the third phase,” he said, adding that the NCPO was open for people to submit ideas.
“People must apply to be members of the reform council so they can help resolve issues. Those interested should hurry up and get their supporters ready and collect necessary information so once registration opens, they can apply right away,” he said in his weekly TV show Friday night.
He also asked Thais and the international community to not criticise or oppose the NCPO’s moves too soon, but instead help it achieve success.
He said his deputy ACM Prajin Juntong, in charge of economic matters, had welcomed a meeting with the US Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney, who said bilateral ties would continue smoothly.
Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry’s permanent-secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow officially visited China late last week and acknowledged Beijing’s confidence in Thailand playing a prominent role in Asean, he said.