ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
February 14, 2008
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Surapong Suebwonglee said some of the 111 former executives of the dissolved Thai Rak Thai Party could be named as members of the executive boards of varied state firms.
Though the ex-TRT executives were suspended from participating in political activity for five years, they were by no means legally prohibited from running state firms, according to Mr. Surapong, who is concurrently secretary general of the ruling People Power Party (PPP).
The ministers currently in charge of those state firms are yet to supervise the performances of those executive board members to the extent that the government policies towards the state firms will be implemented accordingly, he said.
However, the finance minister admitted that those ex-TRT executives would be undoubtedly criticised as politically involved in the business of the PPP-led government.
Gen Saprang, who joined 2006 military coup to oust former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, dismissed criticism that he had mistreated King Power Co involving its duty-free shops and other commercial operations at Suvarnabhumi international airport.
The Army general said he had run the firm in a transparent fashion and had improved security measures at the international airport during the one year of his service as chairman of the AoT executive board.
All other members of the executive board followed suit to resign their positions.