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In charge: PM given sole authority to manage everything pandemic-related

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The Thai PM has been put in sole charge of handling the Covid-19 crisis, assuming all powers previously delegated to various ministers. Thai PBS World reports that yesterday, the Cabinet agreed to designate Prayut Chan-o-cha as the chief authority with responsibility for all decisions related to the pandemic. These include the issuance of all orders, permits, and approvals aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus and assisting the people.

The transfer of power from government ministers to the PM is understood to be temporary and has been agreed in order to guarantee efficiency in the handling of the latest outbreak in Thailand, which is the worst yet. Some of the laws that now fall into the PM’s remit include the Communicable Disease Act, the Immigration Act, National Health Security Act, and the Medical Equipment Act, as well as several others.

The PM will now be in charge of everything pandemic-related, including measures to prevent the further spread of infection, medical treatment for patients, the procurement of anti-viral drugs, and the management of hospital beds. Crucially, he is also in sole control of the procurement and distribution of vaccines, essential to combatting the pandemic’s hold in the Kingdom. The PM and his administration have already been heavily criticised for bad decision-making in vaccine procurement, having until now favoured just 2 manufacturers – Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

The PM says he has asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry to liaise with foreign governments in an attempt to obtain more Covid-19 vaccines. He will also meet with business representatives, including the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Bankers Association, and the Board of Trade of Thailand, to hear their views and recommendations on working together to fight the pandemic.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. James

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:38 am

    “The transfer of power from government ministers to the PM is understood to be temporary”. Yeah, because politicians are always willing to give up power once they get it.

  2. Ian Bromley

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:02 am

    So he has grabbed total power. It will not be long before the people see that this emperor has no clothes. He has allowed incompetent minsters who he appoiinted to create a tangle of failure on so many levels that it is not possible to recover the situation without many more deaths, many thousands more infections and the crumbling of what was touted as a world class health system. The descent back into being a third world country will be the legacy that this man and his band of be-ribboned buffoons will write into Thai history.

  3. curiosity

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:10 am

    “A coup d’état or coup is the removal and seizure of a government and its powers. Typically, it is an illegal, unconstitutional seizure of power by a political faction, the military, or a dictator. Many scholars consider a coup successful when the usurpers seize and hold power for at least seven days.”

  4. Tarzan

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:11 am

    And this is the Thai PM who has been fined 6,000 baht for not wearing a face mask during the Cabinet meeting…good to know the right people are in the right responsible positions.

  5. Ted

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:19 am

    As a PM you’re always the one on charge and have the sole authority of everything your ministers do, I.e. your country does! Think about it, wouldn’t Elon Musk be responsible for everything that’s happening with Tesla,, Tim Cook with Apple or [closer to home] Dhan As a PM you’re always the one on charge and have the sole authority of everything your ministers do! Think about it, wouldn’t Elon Musk be responsible for everything that’s happening with Tesla,, Tim Cook for Apple or closer to home Dhanin Chearavanont of CP group.

    As an military commander and the commander-in-chief, I though he knew that.

  6. David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:44 am

    ‘ . . . and has been agreed in order to guarantee efficiency in the handling of the latest outbreak in Thailand, which is the worst yet.’
    Looks like the Cabinet is looking to the PM for similar efficiency improvements that he brought to his TAKING command of the Royal Thai Police force – now one of the least enforcing police forces on the planet.
    Apart from an immediate lockdown of Bangkok and other hot-zone provinces – and his instituting another Emergency Decree of course (he loves that total power) – there’s not a lot of choice for Thailand’s new Covid-19 Czar, having already allowed the present carnage, whilst demonstrating that HE doesn’t need to wear a mask.
    Little hope for Thailand I fear.

  7. Ted

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Let’s only ask ourselves an easy question; as a leader wouldn’t you first have a serious talk with a subordinates, that hasn’t fulfilled their duties. Let’s say that he has already had the ‘talk’ and that didn’t work…so what to do next??? Well it’s easy, tell them to find a new job that is more up to their standards. End of story!

    The PM has before said that he has way to much to do, and now he will be able to manage even more??? From where I am from, we learn 1+2=3 in kindergarten.
    Personal feelings aside, it isn’t much more than … not do you job once, I will reprimand you, continue not to do it, well then you’ll need to find another job.

  8. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Hitler took charge of everything when matters were going badly for him . . .

  9. Mongo Nelson

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Decisions made by committee often result in paralysis by analysis. I prefer a benevolent shot caller over finger point peripatetic lemmings, any day of the week.

  10. David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    @curiosity – Coupriosity speaking, that is.

  11. David Pilkington

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    @Mongo Nelson – ‘I prefer a benevolent shot caller . . . ‘ Like who, for example?

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