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07 May 2012 :: 12:05:07 pm 63601

Thai public affirms high prices of goods are fact, not just opinion

BANGKOK, May 6 - About 90 percent of poll respondents viewed that it is a fact that consumer goods prices are higher and not unfounded opinion, according to the latest Assumption University ABAC poll released on Sunday.
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The poll surveyed 2,259 people aged over 18 years old in 17 provinces regarding their satisfaction on the government’s performance for the past nine months.

On a related response, the poll indicated that many officials directly involved with the government’s economic policies were unknown to the general public. Deputy Finance Minister Tanusak Lekuthai and Deputy Commerce Minister Poom Sarapol were each listed in the top ten of ministers not known or acknowledged by respondents. Meanwhile, 67 percent of respondents agreed a cabinet reshuffle should take place.

Concerning the opinion of Yingluck Shinawatra as prime minister, poll respondents gave her 5.93 points out of a total of 10 for her performance over the past nine months of her administration.

Meanwhile, the premier said that prices of goods were falling but admitted energy prices were higher. She said pricing of some goods are uncontrollable, such as vegetable prices due to supply and demand, oil prices, and excessively hot weather which can easily spoil harvests.

Ms Yingluck said that prices of goods in Bangkok are different from other provinces owing to production costs, and areas that experienced flood problems tended to have higher costs of production. The premier noted officials are surveying the areas facing problems.

Ms Yingluck denied commenting on the poll’s opinion which supported a cabinet reshuffle, and only asked for more time to work.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Thailand News

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