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Controversial order revoked

The Public Health Ministry has cancelled the controversial order which is criticised as an attempt to prevent officials to attend anti-government rally. The order prohibited its officials from taking any kind of leave except sick leave between January 13 and 25.

"That order can't be valid. A deputy permanent secretary signed it for the permanent secretary while the latter was at work that day," Dr Bancha Khakong of the ministry's Central Administration Bureau said Wednesday.

Signed by deputy permanent secretary Chanvit Tharathep last Friday, the order provoked the ire of several doctors and officials, many of whom confronted Chanvit on Monday because the order was seen as a deterrent for those planning to join the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest against the government.

The PDRC has staged the Bangkok Shutdown since Monday, with its supporters now occupying major intersections in the capital.

Recently, the Public Health Society (PHS) also released a statement demanding the resignation of the caretaker government. The move is in agreement with the PDRC's stated goal.


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