PM Prayut: Ministers must serve the nation
BANGKOK, 12 July 2019 (NNT) - The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has called on all new ministers to serve the people and the nation to the best of their abilities, after His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua endorsed the cabinet on Wednesday (July 10).
The Bhumjaithai Party leader, Anutin Charnvirakul, who is now the Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, said it is a great honor for him to be appointed and he will work for the people of Thailand as best he can. He added that he is familiar with executives of the ministry and understands its work. The new minister also urged civil servants at the ministry to help ensure the implementation of the policies of his party.
The Labor Minister, M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul, expressed confidence that he is capable of performing his new role despite changes in the previous cabinet line-up, in which he was rumored to be the Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office. M.R. Chatumongol said he used to sit in a labor committee and promised to work in accordance with the government’s policy.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, said today she is ready to perform the duties assigned to her by the Prime Minister and the Education Minister. Khunying Kalaya’s education policy seeks to help students in Thailand study at least two languages.
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Atirat Rattanaset, who is the youngest minister of the new cabinet at the age of 35, said it is a great honor for him and thanked the Prime Minister for trusting him to be a part of the administration. He vowed to use his decades-long experience as a civil servant and member of parliament to perform his new role to the best of his ability. Mr. Atirat confirmed that he will continue the policy of the previous government, saying however, that the new policy still needs clarity.
The Deputy Government Spokesman, Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, says the Prime Minister stressed today that all ministers must do their best to work together for peace and happiness in the country. The Prime Minister wants them to urgently move Thailand forward in every respect despite obstacles.
Gen. Prayut also called on people to have confidence in the new government and give it a chance to work. He stressed that this government is the government of all Thai people with a mission to work in their best interests.
The 36-member Cabinet consists of ministers from six coalition parties, including Palang Pracharath, Democrat, Bhumjaithai, Chart Pattana, Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai, and Chart Thai Pattana. Six cabinet ministers are non-political party members, while the other 10 coalition parties have no minister in this cabinet.
Regarding the Palang Pracharath Party’s minimum wage policy, the party has already confirmed that a minimum wage increase to 400 to 425 baht per day, will be in the government’s policy statement.
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