By Thai Newsroom Reporters
NEWLY-NAMED Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today (Sep.4) told Pheu Thai members of cabinet to “never say no” to people about anything under their own responsibilities.
Over luncheon at the Pheu Thai headquarters, the prime minister suggested all 17 Pheu Thai ministers that they “never say no” to people who may have asked them for help with their woes or decline to do anything under the pretext of budget or time constraints whilst they are primarily dutifully bound to do it.
“This is a government of the people since we were all elected by the people to work for them. Whenever we visit people, we should never say we cannot get things done or cite budget or time constraints as excuses,” Srettha told the Pheu Thai members of cabinet.
The prime minister said it is time a widened gap between an elected government and people was considerably narrowed with all cabinet members paying visits to the latter to learn first-hand of their problems and promptly take steps to solve them.
Not only the Pheu Thai members of cabinet but those of other coalition partners will be strongly suggested to never step aside from the people’s woes, according to the prime minister.
His comments apparently followed criticism that high-level government officials would practically reject the people’s complaints which may be irrelevant to their responsibilities.
Top and Front Page: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin holding talks with Pheu Thai ministers at the party headquarters. Both photos: Thai Rath