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Cabinet proposes center for maintaining national interests at sea

 

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BANGKOK, 18th May 2018 (NNT) - The Cabinet has proposed the setting up of a center to maintain national interests at sea and coordinate efforts between related agencies. 

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) considered the bill on maintaining national interests at sea; Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said today the amendment establishes a committee to establish policies, strategies, and measures to maintain national interests at sea.

 

It also establishes a center chaired by the Prime Minister to coordinate efforts between related agencies, including military branches and the maritime police, while regional and provincial centers will also be set up to add efficiency to policy's implementation. The law will also include social and economic policies. 

NLA members expressed their support for the principles of the bill which creates a dedicated agency tasked with maintaining maritime interests, especially on environmental protection and natural resource management.

 
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The Thai cabinet are "All at Sea" anyway 

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1 hour ago, Cadbury said:

Another layer of bureaucracy filled by an innumerable number of seat warmers, sourced from family and friends, who will achieve practically nothing. Another avenue for hip pocket revenue raising.

The natural resources will continue to diminish and the sea will continue to fill with plastics and pollution and filth of all kind.

Heavens above, after all these years the authorities still can't stop the disgusting stuff that comes out of those pipes near Walking Street, Pattaya. What hope of these people got of doing anything?

One of the great polluters of the ocean wishes to project its power to the sea.  It is doubtful the Thai people or the world will benefit at all. 

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Surely the Thai navy's job is to protect national security at sea.

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

the amendment establishes a committee to establish policies, strategies, and measures to maintain national interests at sea.

This looks like a false front.

 

The military has controlled Thailand directly and indirectly since 1932. Why now this committee and coordination that includes regional and provincial centers, new laws and social and economic policies.  Prayut has been been the junta leader as well as PM for four years and counting. It would be moronic to say that he hasn't implemented similar committees, laws and social and economic policies to advance nationalism. The signature of Prayut's leadership has been a constriction of Thai rights and liberties under the veil of nationalism.

 

This new "dedicated agency" (no longer a "committee" that signifies a more permanent organization) will be thoroughly entwined with the military and its surrogates the national police force. It will be Prayut who decides member qualifications and appointments. As this agency will likely operate as an independent organization similar to the six or so anti-corruption committees and led by a pro-military (if not active military officer) chairman, I expect the next elected government will have little to no ability to change the agency composition, policies and priorities.

 

The end result for this agency might be one less concerned about maintaining national assets at sea than maintaining military and pro-military interests internally across the nation. Especially from scrutiny or disruption by elected Thai governments not sympathetic to the military.   

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