Censure debate to focus on disaster handling, economy

An upcoming censure debate will focus the government’s poor handling of the coronavirus emergency, the ongoing smog crisis in Bangkok and the country’s stagnating economy, members of the opposition told Thai Enquirer on Tuesday.

The key focus will be the economy which the government last year predicted would grow by over three per cent in 2020. Since then both the government and outside organizations like the World Bank have revised their predictions to around 2.5 per cent growth.

Among the ministers that will likely be censured is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, according to sources in both Peu Thai and Future Forward parties.

Anutin, in particular, has come under criticism over the past week for his poor response to the coronavirus emergency. The minister has lashed out over public criticisms and called the outbreak “just a flu.”

Chief Opposition Whip Sutin Klungsang told reporters on Monday that the Prime Minister’s leadership will be the main focus of the opposition’s case.

Prayut has also come under criticism by the public and opposition MPs for his bullish attitude towards the economy and his dismissal of concerns the public had expressed about his government’s inaction towards Bangkok’s pollution problem.

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