The government respects the judgements of former transport minister Chadchart Sitthipant and Mr Somchai Chitsuchon to turn down their appointment as members of the National Strategic Committee, government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Sunday (Oct 1).
Mr Chadchart announced his decision not to accept membership of the committee in his Facebook page, citing his obligation to his family and his full-time job commitment to a public company.
Lt-Gen Sansern dismissed any suggestion that the rejection of the two men, particularly that of Mr Chadchart, represented a slap in the government’s face, saying that it was the rejection was normal and the government would find new substitutes for them.
The spokesman explained that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha did not personally approach every member of the committee, but let officials to approach individuals in different fields.
He stressed that the government didn’t have any political agenda when it approached people to join the committee, but merely wanted in earnest to effect reforms and to draw up strategic master plans for the country up to 20 years into the future.
Former Pheu Thai MP for Chiang Rai Mr Samart Kaewmeechai dismissed a suggestion that the party was disappointed with Mr Chadchart’s appointment to sit in the National Strategic Committee and forced him to quit.
He said he understood Mr Chadchart had his own reasons to turn down the appointment, noting that the former transport minister had washed his hands of politics and the party respects his judgement.