NCPO shrugs off call for military reform

The National Council for Peace and Order has shrugged of a call for a military reform after a committee was set up for the reform of the police force, saying the armed forces have continued to adjust themselves in line with the changing situation.

The call was made by Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), on Monday (July 10).

Concerning this matter, Col Winthai Suvaree, the NCPO spokesman, said the armed forces have continued to adjust themselves for various responsibilities which concern both military and civic actions.

He said the military has increased its role in national development and continued to receive a positive feedback.

Although the armed forces' responsibilities do not allow them to be directly close to the people like other agencies, they have regularly examined themselves to make adjustments and improve their work efficiency in line with the changing environments and situation, said the NCPO spokesman.

As for the call (for the military reform) from some people, the armed forces will take it for consideration. But such a call should not be made by only a particular group of people because the majority of people may see it as a political move by those whose interests have been affected as a result of the current military action in a special situation, he said.

Col Winthai added that the military will establish relationship with the people to exchange information for use in national development.

Earlier on Monday, Mr Jatuporn posted on his Facebook page, saying that not only the police, the military should also undergo a reform.

Since a police reform committee is chaired by a retired military officer, a committee for military reform should, in turn, be chaired by a police officer, he said.

He was referring to former supreme commander Gen Boonsrang Niampradit who was handpicked by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to chair the 36-member reform committee.

Mr Jatuporn said it should be accepted that in fact many other government agencies and organisations in the country, not only the police, are plagued with problems and need to be reformed. The people sector, too, must be reformed, he added.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)