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Natdanai vows free education courses
Candidate No 7 Natdanai Phubetarthavich has proposed a policy of free education under which he would recruit volunteer teachers to provide language, vocational and educational courses for free. He believes there are many charitably minded people in society who could offer such courses. Members of his own team, for example, had served as volunteer teachers, he said.
Natdanai, who promotes himself as a "clean governor" free from political party influences, said he would introduce efficient methods for market operators to create a balanced distribution of marketplaces and customers, encouraging customers to shop at less crowded venues. Moreover, markets should be able to operate both day and night, he said.
Pongsapat woos flood-prone Lak Si
Pheu Thai Party candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen, No 9, yesterday vowed to improve the drainage system in Bangkok's Lak Si district to prevent flooding in the area.
He said Lak Si was flood-prone because the area was low-lying. He said he would dredge existing drainage pipes and build new ones to connect them to the city's giant flood tunnel.
Pongsapat also attended a seminar on gender variety organised by the Sex Variety Network.
He promised that if elected, he would push for the adoption of the network's proposals, which include setting up an education centre on "third-sex" rights and opening a hot-
line offering counselling for third-sex people.
The network called for the allocation of special bathrooms and hospital wards for third-sex people, while urging that the next governor institute a campaign at Bangkok Metropolitan Administration-run schools to create better understanding on third-sex issues.
Sukhumbhand offers more tunnels
Democrat Sukhumbhand Paribatra, candidate No 16, yesterday promised to improve the capital's flood-prevention system if re-elected.
He said he would build nine more giant flood tunnels and 25 monkey-cheek flood-retention areas, as well as increase the city administration's rain-prediction capabilities. The radar system's capacity would be expanded from coverage of 70 square kilometres to 250sqkm. All the tunnels would be built by 2018, Sukhumbhand said.
The former governor also attended a seminar on third-sex issues at the Central Christian Students Centre in Pathumwan.
He said he could not make any promises to the group because he feared that giving such a promise would violate the election laws. However, he was ready to accept the group's proposals for consideration.
Sukhumbhand said he thought that human beings have a variety of attitudes and sexual orientations, and Thais should respect this variety.
He said he was sorry if the BMA offices under his administration had ever discriminated against third-sex people. He was not aware of any such discrimination because no one had raised it with him, he said.