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Stand up and be counted

Re: "Medical workers support Narong in fight with govt", Politics, January 13.

The Nation reports that "Thousands of medical workers yesterday gave support to senior Public Health Ministry officials who last Thursday rejected the Yingluck administration's right to govern. Dr Narong Sahamethapa was threatened with a probe by the minister for his contribution to the PHS document."

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Sunday night said the movement would not accept a win-win result for both sides in the battle with the government and that it would be victorious if civil servants support the protesters.

If there is corruption in government, civil servants must know about it, either directly or by the way the contracts are written and contractual arrangements carried out.

Objecting or blowing the whistle will put their job at risk, so they might take the attitude that, since corruption is endemic, why lose their income? Here and now could be their last opportunity to rid the country of the burden of corruption and restore their workplaces' independence. Medical workers have taken the lead. It is now up to others to stand up and be counted.

Richard Bowler

Bangkok


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