Commerce staff wear black in protest

Many Commerce Ministry staff wore black to work on Thursday in a symbolic opposition to a disciplinary investigation launched against four ministry officials who appeared on the anti-government protest stage alongside retired senior officials on Jan 25.

The four targetted officials joined the "Love the Commerce Ministry" group led by former deputy commerce minister Oranuj Osatanonda, former permanent secretaries Charae Jutharattanakul, Krirk-krai Jirapaet and Karun Kittistaporn, and the former directors-general of several departments.

The group, linked together with a total of 18 retired officials, donated about 500,000 baht in total on two occasions to the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) 

Ministry officials said they intended to dress in black until Feb 21 as they felt that the ministry’s executives overstepped in bringing disciplinary charges against those four serving officials.

Caretaker Deputy Commerce Minister Yanyong Phuangrach, a former permanent secretary of commerce, admitted he ordered permanent secretary Srirat Rastapana to consider punishing them.

Mr Yanyong said it was inappropriate for civil servants to take sides and they also acted in violation of the emergency decree.

A banner with the wording “E Poo and Niwatthamrong are stupid…fooled by Yanyong” appeared on a pedestrian bridge in front of the ministry on Thursday.

Poo (crab) is the nickname of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and "E" is impolite. Niwatthamrong refers to caretaker Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 14/02/2014 at 02:22 PM
IMHO these public servants are doing the right thing, showing their displeasure and at the same time keeping things running.
Discussion 2 : 13/02/2014 at 06:34 PM
They should not only wear black but stop work even for one hour as a symbolic protest, that the way we would do in Australia.
Discussion 3 : 13/02/2014 at 06:30 PM
This Yingluck government is getting very good at losing credibility, any respect and followers by the day.
Discussion 4 : 13/02/2014 at 05:23 PM
Now just why is it inappropriate to take sides mr. Niwatthamrong? Unless of course you don't like it when the side they have chosen is not yours. Leave the government and move to Dubai taking all of the rest of the PT sheep with you.

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