With Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra hosting a cabinet meeting in town, Pattaya residents took the opportunity to express what they think the government should be concentrating on.
Vendors at the Old Naklua and Wat Chaimongkol markets said they thought ministers ought to institute some price controls on produce and seafood, complaining shrimp had risen to 145 baht a kilogram and pork up to 150 baht a kilo.
Sausage vendors Sompong (surname unknown) and his wife would like to ask the government to try to keep control of rising fresh food prices.
On Walking Street, restaurant workers and beach vendors said they thought flooding should be at the top of the legislative agenda. Others expressed hope for more government handouts for the elderly and a stepped-up “war on drugs.”
Like most, Wirat Daengmanee, 55, a Pattaya rental agent, said he was proud the government chose to hold the cabinet meeting at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. It showed the government’s faith in Pattaya’s security and potential.
A group of Pong sub-district people near Mabprachan dam await the arrival of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her cabinet on their tour of the dam development.