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06 February 2008 :: 19:02:32 pm 29212

King Bhumibol: “Honesty is Sacred, Must Be Strictly Followed”

BANGKOK, Feb 6 - His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday urged Thailand's 36-member Cabinet, under the leadership of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, to follow its promise to work honestly for the nation.
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Indicating that honesty is a sacred word, His Majesty told the Cabinet members during a swearing-in ceremony at Chitrlada Palace that the prime minister and his Cabinet members did not have to make such a promise but “now that you have shown your intention to work with honesty, you will have to follow it, otherwise it is not sacred.”

“We need adults to run the country. If you act like adult, people will have someone to hold on to. Many countries in the world are in trouble because their peoples have no one to hold on to,” said the King.

“Your principle is to work for public interest. You may think it?s strange that 36 people will have to sacrifice for 63 million people. But 63 million people are hoping that their ministers will work for them. It’s an uphill mission but I believe you can do it for the people and they won’t be disappointed.’

“In other countries, we hardly see people who work for public interest but you have to do it. If you are successful in doing that, you will be very elegant and full of dignity. May you follow your oath and be honest for the sake of the country’s happiness,” His Majesty told the country’s 57th Cabinet.

In a press conference at Government House after the ceremony, Mr. Samak said he would from now on be friendly and “talk sweetly” to the media.

The prime minister will chair the first Cabinet meeting on Friday. It is expected that the Cabinet will, among others, discuss the government’s policy statement to be submitted to the House of Representatives for deliberations.

Mr. Samak said it was finally decided that the economic responsibility, which he described as a mammoth task, will be jointly entrusted to Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee and Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan. Both also hold concurrently posts of deputy prime minister.

He said Mingkwan will concentrate on finding revenues for the country while Surapong will oversee the country?s financial disciplines.

During the campaign for the December 23 general election, Mr. Mingkwan had always been branded as the People Power Party’s “economic czar.” The split of economic task between him and Mr.Surapong has lately been interpreted as a conflict between the two men. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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