PM: Drug suppression plan efficient


BANGKOK, 1 June 2011 – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has confirmed the efficiency of the notorious 3-1-5 narcotic drug suppression plan, stressing that the mission has no hidden political agenda as widely criticised. 

Prime Minister Abhisit narrated that the drug suppression mission is going on well, resulting in many arrests and legal actions against culprits. He confirmed that the operation of authorities involved has nothing to do with the national politics or election.

The authorities taking part in the mission comprise the police, military, civilians and officials of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB). The operation will last until September this year under the supervision of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC).

Earlier, Bangkok Election Centre Director of the Pheu Thai Party Vicharn Minchainant called for the strategy’s cancellation, claiming that its real purpose was to track movements of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship for the benefit of the government in this election.

The prime minister then dismissed the allegation that the authorities are intimidating election canvassers of other political parties. He explained that the ONCB, as head of the mission, has so far reported no problems in the operation while military officers are only assisting the task.

Prime Minister Abhisit added that this policy was initiated before the house dissolution as he used to discuss it with his deputy for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban, the ONCB, the police and the military following complaints made by people on narcotic drug spread.