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MPs clash over crisis response

Posted by arnon_k On November - 25 - 2011

Mudslinging broke out in the House of Representatives yesterday after an opposition MP called on the government to give details of its recent activity to tackle the flood crisis.

Democrat list MP Apirak Kosayodhin yesterday filed an interpellation demanding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra explain the government’s actions to the House.

He said that while the government set up the Flood Relief Operations Command (Froc) last month, it has done nothing else since the flooding began in August. Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk and Justice Minister Pol Gen Pracha Promnok all responded for the premier.

Mr Preecha said the capital was flooded because the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration was not prepared to handle run-off from the North as its drainage system was for rainwater only.

Pol Gen Pracha, meanwhile, said he had talked to Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on the phone several times a day.

He said the main problem in Bangkok now was the vastly differing quality of life for those people living above and below the big-bag barrier.

However, he seized a chance to attack the opposition, adding: “It might be more convenient for Democrat MPs to ask the BMA how they are doing, as they are from the same political party.”

Gen Pracha also pointed out that the prime minister has set up more rehabilitation committees to consider providing more assistance to flood victims.

Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said he was disappointed at Gen Pracha, as the Froc director did not clearly answer the question about water management.

Mr Abhisit also attacked the Froc for failing to solve conflicts among flood-hit residents in several areas.

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