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It is not a problem that Gen Preecha Chan-o-cha, the former Defence permanent secretary and brother of the Prime Minister, takes frequent leave from legislative meetings, said Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, although a committee is being set up to examine the case.

Preecha took leave under normal regulations of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Prawit said.
Preecha has been criticised widely online for taking frequent leave from the NLA despite receiving more than Bt100,000 monthly for serving in the position.
Prawit said that as Preecha also served as the defence permanent secretary he might need to take leave sometimes. But because the legislative votes were sometimes conducted article by article, it seemed as though Preecha had missed several meetings.
Prawit said he had already talked to NLA president Pornpetch Vichitcholchai. Prawit said they found no problems but he told Pornpetch to go ahead with setting up a committee to examine the case.
Prawit also said he had no problem with officials serving in several positions and added that he himself served on different positions.

Published : February 17, 2017

By : Kasamakorn Chanwanpen The Nation