Abhisit's six biting questions for Yingluck government

national August 24, 2012 00:00

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As the government is planning to mark its first year in office this weekend, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday raised six issues omitted in the performance report.


1. When will the government put the people’s interest before the energy industry?
In the face of soaring price, statecontrolled PTT has reported Bt37 billion in profit for this year’s first quarter while the people are obliged to shoulder the rising energy cost.
2. Will rice farmers ever to get more benefits from the rice pledging scheme than rice mill operators and middlemen?
The government appears to trumpet its intervention on paddy price. But the fact is rice mills and brokers are the main beneficiaries of the corruptionplagued scheme and very little would trickled down to the farmers.
3. When will the government put the country before the interest of one man – fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra?
The government has apparently push for reconciliation as a guise to rescue Thaksin from his legal predicament.
4. When will Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra start to share the plight of local residents in the strifetorn South?
PM Yingluck has delegated officials to travel to the region on her behalf while she refuses to risk her safety.
5. When will the government show tangible results in floodcontrol projects?
Despite huge spending outlays, the government is being entangled in untransparent bidding process which in turn blocks the work progress.
6. How will the government deal with the staggering public debt incurred to finance populist policies?
The country’s fiscal position will remain at risk so long as the government opts squander funds on stopgap measures instead of aiming for sustainable development.
Abhisit said he respected the people’s mandate given to the Pheu Thai Party although he was still hoping to see the government to serve the public instead of the vested interests.

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