April 09, 2014 00:00 By Piyanut Tumnukasetchai
Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday led his People's Democratic Reform Committee followers to win the support of the Justice Ministry for their national reform campaign in a move apparently calculated to dispel criticism that he has usurped sovereignty of the cou
Suthep, other PDRC leaders and anti-government protesters visited the ministry under tight security after a similar trek to the Education Ministry last week.
Permanent secretary Kittipong Kittayarak welcomed Suthep’s group with open arms and provided rooms to discuss political reform.
The other PDRC leaders were Satit Wongnongtaey, Chumpol Julasai, Buddhipongse Punnakanta and Akanat Promphan.
Suthep told the meeting that the country was in dire need of reform.
He asked for the support of ministry officials to help improve the political-party system by plugging loopholes that allowed capitalists with vested interests to run the country.
Corruption must be seriously tackled and political interference must be stopped, he claimed.
He cited the unlawful transfer of Thawil Pliensri, who was secretary-general of the National Security Council, as an example of political interference that sabotaged the bureaucratic system.
Suthep also solicited ideas on reform from ministry executives for about half an hour before lunching with them.
He left the ministry to take to the PDRC stage at the Chaeng Wattana base before returning to the main camp at Lumpini Park.