Civil servants call for reform

The Civil Service Association of Thailand believes it is time for Thailand to undergo reform, particularly of the bureaucratic system, so that public servants can truly respond to the needs of the people, not politicians, according to a statement issued by the association on Sunday.

The association said the House dissolution to make way for the Feb 2 election was not the way to solve the country's problems.

The association expressed concern over the ongoing conflict among the people and corruption which had become more widespread, ruining the morale, dignity and honour of civil servants.

Therefore, it was now time for Thailand to undergo reform, the association said. The bureaucratic system, in particular, needed to be reformed immediately and urgently so that civil servants could be an effective mechanism to respond to the needs of the people, not politicians.

Government officials should be able to perform their duties without illegitimate political interference and regain their dignity and honour.

It was also now time for government officials to form a free union or association as stipulated in the constitution and a draft regulation of the Civil Service Commission, the statement said.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
FoxBK No he is not scared of the reforms He is absolutely petrified that his beloved red shirts could be ousted and on the decline.(eventually)
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 01:11 AM
OK. But who it is necessary to punish? Is there a single Thai who never received nor gave something to facilitate something?
Discussion 3 : 29/12/2013 at 10:59 PM
Contrarian, you sound just as scared of reforms as Puea Thai
Discussion 4 : 29/12/2013 at 10:09 PM
Interesting... and funny. They do realize that real reform would do away with their under the table payments, and in fact, put many of them in jail. I also love the way that Thais throw around the word 'dignity'. Like respect, dignity is something that has to be earned.
Discussion 5 : 29/12/2013 at 10:06 PM
and corruption which had become more widespread, ruining the morale, dignity and honor of civil servants......... 55555 ......555555...yes we see the dignity and honour of civil servants every day - "no extra" under the table - you wait! Just recently a person I know gave a new Pick-up Truck as a "gift" to "facilitate" his dealings with a certain government office. Not everywhere of course - but there is enough rotten apples to give them all a bad name!
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 10:03 PM
Which honorable bureaucrats are they talking about? Certainly not the ones that expect money under the table to speed up a permit or get anything done in a reasonable time.
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 10:01 PM
I've always found that civil servants responded to the needs of civil servants.
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 09:46 PM
The civil servants are considered the back bones of any governments in the country. Political bosses can come and go but it’s the civil servants that will keep the country running. An independent CS is, therefore, crucial if they are to perform an effective function for the people. Promotions within the CS must be based on performances to attract top quality people to join the CS. Any attempt to exercise undue influences over them will have dire repercussion for the country as it undermines their neutralities and may even affects the morale of this important work force.
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 09:18 PM
Great talk, but how many of them will vote for PTP. Thailand is in desperate need of a new, corruption free, party.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 08:10 PM
The same thing happens in the UK. I worked in local government all my working life. If a Councillor came in with a query etc we were expected to drop everything and look after them. MP's were even worse. When they were gone I use to say "Up yours" I was reprimanded on several occasions because I did not conform.
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 06:40 PM
Civil service should push for a Civil Service Act that protects their employees from political influence and patronage and not by forming an union. This is an opportune time to reform the civil service with a proper Act.
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 06:13 PM
Stop the rhetoric. In fact, every Thai knows that the bureaucratic system itself is very corrupt. Only in the past decade, civil servants gradually started to behave the way they supposed to be. Otherwise, many civil servants are still behaving as if they are the bosses of the civilians, not their servants even though they are having very high job security and are paid by the money of the civilians. Before asking to reform the others, they must admit that they are not better than the others, and they must learn to stop abusing their positions first.
Discussion 13 : 29/12/2013 at 06:08 PM
"undergo that public servants can truly respond to the needs of the people, not politicians...".....Wow, sneaky...Or at least it is for the uninitiated....It is common knowledge that the bureaucracy is PADocrat from top to bottom....This quote certainly proves it, but could look innocuous to those unfamiliar with these people....This is a two-fer....Both advocating the PDRC/DP mantra about delaying the election, ostensibly for reform stuff, plus taking a shot at Politicians....A long-time mantra of the unelectables.
Discussion 14 : 29/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
Thais, at large, want to see all corrupt politicians and civil servants to be prosecuted in court and sentenced to heavy jail sentences and their illegally acquired assets seized then a ban for life as politicians or civil servants in the Thai administration; therfore politicians and university lecturers must stop blabbing without drastic actions to reform Thailand to be a modern country without partisan clans to manage the country at the expense of all Thai people.
Discussion 15 : 29/12/2013 at 05:54 PM
Well said....its the people who pay the tax's and ultimately the civil servants salarys that matter not politicians egos
Discussion 16 : 29/12/2013 at 05:54 PM
Welcome aboard, Civil Service Association of Thailand. Now let's see,.... who hasn't joined in the push for reform? Oh yeah, Pheu Thai and the red shirts.

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