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July 2019 : Prayuts Cabinet Members

  • Prayuts cabinet members
  • Prayuts statement policy delivered
  • POLLs reflected the statement policy
  • POLL revealed most popular MPs
  • MPs cannot hold political positions
  • Court acquittal for 4 PDRC leaders
  • CC accepted to rule FFP case
  • New Pheu Thai Party leader
  • Natee stripped of MP due to false asset list
  • Thailand rank moved up in SDG Index
  • Cabinet endorsed UNs resolution on counter-terrorists

    Prayuts cabinet members

          On 10 July, thw Royal Gazette website published His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua royal appointment of Prayut Chan-Ocha cabinet members as follow:
    Deputy PM, Security : Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan
    Deputy PM, Economy: Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak
    Deputy PM, Law: Mr. Wissanu Krea-ngam
    Deputy PM and Commerce Minister : Mr. Jurin Laksanavisit
    Deputy PM and Public Health Minister : Mr. Anutin Charnveerakul
    Minister to the PMs Office: Mr. TewanLiptapanlop
    Defense Minister : Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha
    Deputy Defense Minister : Gen. Chaicharn Changmongkol
    Finance Minister: Mr. Uttama Savanayana
    Deputy Finance Minister : Mr. Santi Prompat
    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Mr. Don Pramudwinai
    Minister of Tourism and Sports: Mr. Pipat Ratchakitprakan
    Minister of Social Development and Human Secirity: Mr. Juti Krairiksh
    Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation: Mr. Suvit Maesincee
    Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives: Mr. Chalermchai Sri-on
    Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives: Capt. Thammanat Prompao
    Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives : Ms. Mananya Thaiset
    Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives : Mr. Prapat Phothasuthon
    Minister of Transport : Mr. Saksiam Chidchop
    Deputy Minister of Transport : Mr. Atirat Rattanaset
    Deputy Minister of Transport : Mr. Thaworn Senneam
    Minister of Digital for Economy and Society : Mr. Bhuddhipongse Punnakanta
    Minister of Natural Resources and Environment : Mr. Varawut Silpa-archa
    Minister of Energy: Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong
    Deputy Minister of Commerce: Mr. Veerasak Wangsupakitkosol
    Interior Minister : Gen. Anupong Paochinda
    Deputy Interior Minister : Mr. Nipon Boonyamanee
    Deputy Interior Minister : Mr. Songsak Thongsri
    Justice Minister : Mr. Somsak Thepsutin
    Labour Minister : MR Chatumongol Sonakul
    Culture Minister: Mr. Ittipol Khunploem
    Industry Minister : Mr. Suriya Jungrungreangkii
    Education Minister: Mr. Nataphol Teepsuwan
    Deputy Education Minister: Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich
    Deputy Education Minister: Ms. Kanokwan Wilawan

    Prayuts statement policy delivered

           On 25 July, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha delivered his policy statement to the Parliament . The 2-hour long statement was summarized as follow:

          Thailand shall be developed to decrease inequality in society and strengthening the country in all respects over the long term. The government adheres to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhuas speech, as well as democracy under the constitutional monarchy. The government proposed 12 key policies and another 12 urgent policy matters that will be implemented with honesty and transparency.

          The 12 key policies are:
    1. To protect and uphold the monarchy.
    2. To instill national stability and security.
    3. To foster religions, art and culture.
    4. To promote Thailands roles in the international forum
    5. To develop economy and competitiveness.
    6. To promote economic area and decentralize economic growth to the regions.
    7. To strengthen economic growth from the foundation.
    8. To reform learning skills and develop potentiality in all societal levels.
    9. To promote public health and social security.
    10. To revitalize natural resources and environment to a sustainable growth.
    11. To reform public administration system.
    12. To prevent and suppress corruptions and malfeasances.

          The 12 urgent policy matters are:
    1. Solving of living problems.
    2. Improve social security system and develop quality of lives.
    3. Economic measures to counter instable global economy.
    4. Aids to agricultural sector and innovation.
    5. Upgrade labors ability.
    6. Economic foundation for the future.
    7. Prepare manpower to meet the 21st century demand.
    8. Solving corruption and malfeasance problems in politicians and state officials.
    9. Solving narcotics and violence problems in the four southernmost provinces.
    10. Develop pubic services system.
    11. Measures to counter drought and flood problems.
    12. Provide forums for learning, hearing and revising of the constitution.

    POLLs reflected the statement policy

           On 28 July Dusit Poll, conducted a study from 1,262 samplings countrywide, between 24-27 July, on opinions towards the government statement policy, disclosed that the people most wanted, in regards to the 12 keys policies , are:
    1. Upheld and protect the monarchy (74.45%),
    2. Economic development and competitiveness (67.97%),
    3. Develop economic zones and decentralization ( 65.61%),
    4. Solving corruptions (61.69%)
    5. National security (61.61%),
    6. Strengthen development foundations (61.43%),
    7. Promote Thailand in global forum (61.30),
    8. Foster religions, art and culture ( 58.84%),
    9. Reform learning skills and develop potentiality in all societal levels (57.38%),
    10. Promote public health and social security (55.63%),
    11. Reform public administration system (53.87%),
    12. Revitalize natural resources and environment to a sustainable growth ( 48.21%).

          On the urgent matters, they wanted the government to:
    1. Solving of living problems ( 81.30%).
    2. Improve social security system and develop quality of lives (66.92%).
    3. Economic measures to counter instable global economy (61.19%).
    4. Solving corruption and malfeasance problems in politicians and state officials (60.41%).
    5. Aids to agricultural sector and innovation ( 57.28%).
    6. Economic foundation for the future (55.19%).
    7. Measures to counter drought and flood problems (53.67%).
    8. Provide forums for learning, hearing and revising of the constitution ( 53.62%).
    9. Solving narcotics and violence problems in the four southernmost provinces (53.04).
    10. Upgrade labors ability (52.70%).
    11. Develop pubic service system (47.53%).
    12. Preparation manpower for the 21st century (45.87%).

          On 27 July the SUPER POLL disclosed its field study, conducted on 26 July, on opinions towards the statement policy gathered from 1,563 people countrywide that:
    • 72.8% found they can gain no benefit from the policy statement, while 27.2 thought they can.
    • 78.6% has no confidence that the political wills will be implemented, while 21.4% has confidence.

          On their satisfaction on the three sectors: the government, the opposition and the House Speaker, the to score, 6.46 out of 10, went opposition. Followed by the House Speaker 5.84 and the government 5.11.

          However 79.2% was neither satisfied with any party, while 20.8% has someone in mind such as PM Prayut, Pol. Gen Seripisut Temivej, Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Mr. Piyabutr Sangkanoksakul, Dr. Chonnan Srikaew, and Ms. Paveena Kraikupt.

          It is interesting to learn that when asked who is the outsider they most admired. The answers were Mrs. Paveena Hongsakul, Mr. Thanatorn Juengrungruengkit, Khunying Sudarat Keyurapan, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva etc. while 25.0% has no one.

    POLL revealed most popular MPs

           On 28 July, the SUPER POLL revealed its study from 2,111 samplings on satisfaction on the parliamentary debate in regards to the government policy statement. When being asked to name the top five most impressive new MPs, all top three went to the Future Forward Party; Mr. Pitha Limchareonrat, 16.3%, Mr. Piyabutr Sangkanoksakul, 13.1% and Ms. Pannikar Vanij, 11.3%.

          Number four was Pheu Thai Party Mr. Wan Bamrung, 5.3% and the fifth was Palang Pracharat Party Ms. Paveena Kraikypt, 2.9%.

          It was interested the three groups; pro-government, not pro-government and silence, rated their satisfaction on the event, the pro-government gave the most 7.07 out of 10 while the not pro-government 3.87, and the silence 5.73.

    MPs cannot hold political positions

           On 27 July, Deputy prime minister Wisanu Krua-ngam made a statement that Members of the Parliament cannot hold political positions due to possibility of conflict-of-interest in regards to Section 184 and 185 of the Constitution.

          Previously there were debates on this matter from speculations that some MPs will be appointed to positions; secretary, assistant secretary, and advisor to the ministers.

    Court acquittal for 4 PDRC leaders

           On 25 July, the Criminal Court acquitted 4 leaders of the PDRC (Peoples Democratic Reform Committee); Mr. Sondhiyan Chuenharutainaitham 57 year old, Mr. Sakhonthee Pattiyakul 42, Dr. Sombat Dhamrongthanyawong 68, and Dr. Seree Wongmontha 70.

          They were charged on 8 offences including rebellion conspiracy and opposing the election. The court found there were no evidences that the four had done such the accusation except participated in the demonstration and delivering speeches.

          However, the Court ordered awaiting lawsuits on another 14 offenders and proceeding cases on the other 32.

          PDRC held a demonstration between 29 November 2013 until 22 May 2014 Yingluck Shinawatra was the governments head. They called for political reform. The leader was former Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban. The demonstration ended when the military coup took over.

    CC accepted to rule on FFP case

           On 19 July, the Constitutional Court (CC) accepted a complaint, submitted by Mr. Nattaporn Toprayoon, in regards to Section 49 of the Constitution, to rule whether the Future Forward Partys (FFP) leader Mr. Thanatorn Jungrungreungkit, secretariat Piyabutr Sangkankosakul and executives had acted to overthrow the constitutional monarchy. The court resolved by 5 to 4 to accept the allegation.

          Section 49 stipulates:

           No person shall exercise the rights or liberties to overthrow the democratic regime of government with the King as Head of State.

          Any person who has knowledge of an act under paragraph one shall have the right to petition the Attorney-General to request the Constitutional Court for ordering the cessation of such act

           In the case where the attorney-General orders a refusal to proceed as petitioned or fails to proceed within fifteen days from the date of receiving the petition, the person making the petition may submit the petition directly to the Constitution Court.

          The action under this section shall not prejudice the criminal prosecution against the person committing an act under paragraph one.


          The court acknowledged the petitioner and ordered the accused to submit their explanations within 15 days after they received copies of the allegation.

    New Pheu Thai leader elected

           On 12 July, Pheu Thai Party held a meeting to elect its new leader and Mr. Sompong Amornwiwat was elected. The deputy leaders are Mr. Plodprasop Suraswadee, Mr. Kittirat Na Ranong, Mr. Chusak Sirinil, Mr. Paijit Sriworakhan, Mr. Kriang Kaltinan, Mr. Wittaya Buranasiri, Mr. Samart Kaewmeechai, Mr. Vichan Meenchainan, Mr. Cholnan Srikaew, Mr. Chawalit Wichayasut, Mrs. Laddawan Wongsriwong, Mr. Prasert Chantararuangtong, Mr. Yuttapong Charassathien, Mr. Nakorn Machim, and Pol. Lt. Gen. Somsak Chantaping.

          The partys secretariat went to Capt. Anudit Nakornthup and the deputies are Ms. La-ong Tiyapairatch, Mr. Jatuporn Jareancheu, Mr. Jirayu Huangsap, Mr. Sarawut Petchpanonporn, Mr. Surachart Thientong, Ms. Kattiya Sawadipol, and Mr. Paophum Rojanasakul.

          Eleven MPs are elected into the executive members. This is different from the past when MPs were avoided in order to prevent perching of political rights if the party is dissolved.

    Natee stripped of MPship from false asset list

           On 9 July, the Supreme Courts Criminal Division o for Persons Holding Political Positions sentenced Mrs. Natee Ratchakit Pheu Thai party list MP from Pattalung province to a one month imprisonment and 4,000 baht fined from filing false asset list on 3 July 2011 when she was elected MP and terminated on 9 December 2013. She failed to put her spouse debts 8,575,079 baht and 25 million baht respectively in the lists.

          Following the verdict, Mrs. Natee is removed from the parliamentary membership and prohibiting from holding political position for five years, starting from December 2013.

          Col. Dr. Sethapong Maleesuwan, 13th Pheu Thai party list will be promoted.

    Thailand rank moved up in SDG Index

           Thailand ranks 40th in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2019, moving up 19 places from 2018, according to a report, issued by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network )SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

          Thailand also comes first among ASEAN countries. In ASEAN, coming after Thailand is Vietnam, at 54th place, Singapore, 66th, Malaysia, 68th, the Philippines, 97th, Indonesia, 102th, Myanmar, 110th, Lao PDR, 111th, and Cambodia, 112th. Brunai Darussalam has not been ranked.

          According to SDG Index 2019, Thailand receives higher scores on the issues of poverty eradication, water management and sanitation services, decent network and economic growth, and low unemployment rates.

          The report also shows Thailands improvements in public health and living conditions, gender equality, clean energy accessible to all, industry, innovation, and infrastructure sustainable cities and human settlements, and peace, justice, and strong institutions.

    Cabinet endorses UN counter-terrorism resolution

           On 2 July, the cabinet resolved to acknowledge and endorse the United Nations Security Councils March 2019 resolution demanding that member states ensure that their counter-terrorism laws and activities are in compliance with their obligations under international law.

          The resolution calls upon member states to conduct financial investigations into terrorism-related cases and to investigate and prosecute cases of terrorist financing more effectively, applying criminal sanctions as appropriate.

          The cabinet has assigned the ministry of defense, finance, transport, digital for economy and society, interior , and justice, the Office of National Intelligence, the National Security Council, the Anti-Momey Laundering office, the Royal Thai Police, the Bank of Thailand, and the Office of the Attorney-General to enforce the UNSC resolution and to report the results to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consideration.

          Thailand is a financial and transportation hubs in southeast Asia making its temporary and permanent residence for international terrorists.
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