Junta seeks help from BMA

national June 06, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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NCPO keen to put up signs explaining coup, cooperation with reconciliation efforts

The National Council for Peace and Order has asked the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to implement nine measures to help it achieve national reconciliation, Bangkok City clerk Ninnart Chalitanon said yesterday.
The BMA was asked to put up placards stating the reasons behind the NCPO seizing power, monitor and report anti-coup protest moves to it on a daily basis, monitor reconciliation activities and get as much media coverage as it can on the junta’s activities.
The agency must monitor and report movements of armed militants and dispatch municipal police to team up soldiers to get the public to understand the NCPO’s objectives. 
It was also asked to refrain from using the symbols or signs of political groups and leave media interviews for the NCPO to handle.
The BMA must also check entertainment venues that operate beyond curfew.
Meanwhile, acting permanent secretary for the PM’s Office ML Panadda Diskul said he had learned that that the establishment of the Reconciliation Centre for Reform at provincial and district levels had received a good public response. 
He said provincial governors should recruit personnel for the centres who could devote themselves to unifying the country. 
“Back in 1967, we were hailed as the country with solid unity, a model for other countries,”’ he said.
NCPO to use existing results
Panadda confirmed reports that the NCPO would apply the study results of the 108 reconciliation forums carried out during the Yingluck government to be used as guidelines in the implementation of the centres.
He urged government officials to be good role models for the public by serving the public without discrimination of political colours in order to bridge divisions. 
Uttaradit Governor Chat Kittinapol yesterday appointed a committee to establish reconciliation centres at provincial, district, tambon and village levels.
He admitted that the province had witnessed conflicts between political rival groups but he planned to bring about unity through public relations at the grassroots level though and the broadcast towers present in every village.
In Buri Ram, residents enjoyed an NCPO fair featuring music and  “return happiness to the people” activities. The fair will be held in every district in the province.
In Nong Chok in Bangkok, an NCPO fair will be held tomorrow from 5-7pm at Nong Chok park.  
In Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district, the fair will be held today at the Nawamin ground.

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