PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha staunchly defended his 20-year national strategy plan yesterday and warned that people should not allow politicians to scrap it, even as scholars expressed their fears it could be used to sabotage future governments.
“Today, many parties are saying that when they become the government, they’ll axe the national strategy,” Prayut said. “[That is] axing your own country. Will you people yield to that? You can’t. This is the avenue you must pursue if you want prosperity.”
The junta leader made the remark in a speech “National Strategy: Thai Future Our Future” that he gave to the opening of the National Economic and Social Development Board’s annual meeting at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani.
The event was attended by more than 2,500 people from various sectors.
Prayut said such grand schemes were present in many countries all over the world. All governments needed to follow them and not deviate from them, he said.
“Whoever becomes the PM must chair the National Strategy Committee and follow it,” Prayut said. “Now, some people just want to be the PM but don’t want to carry out the strategy because it has already framed what the PM has to do.”
The 20-year national strategy has been drafted and passed by entities under the coup-installed regime and is highlighted in the Constitution that obliges future government to adhere to the plans laid out in it.
Cabinet members could be impeached if they refuse to comply with it.