PM vows to devote self to people in 2012, focus on economic revival and post-flood rehabilitation


BANGKOK, Dec 31 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction on her performance over the last four months in the office and vowed to fully devote herself to the public next year with the goals of reviving the economy and post-flood rehabilitation.

In the final weekly TV programme of 2011, during the “Yingluck Government Meets the People” programme, moderated by former Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Suranand Vejjajiva, that she felt she has not been able to accomplish as much as she wanted and she desired more time to work for the public.

Ms Yingluck said the event she was most proud of was the organisation of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s 84th birthday celebration on December 5, as she could see all Thais smiling with happiness.

In 2012, the premier said she promised to work harder and to do what her Pheu Thai Party had set out to accomplish during the election campaign.

As for the flood crisis, she said the government would go ahead with a water management plan as soon as possible while measures to prevent future floods could be implemented by next year.

The budget could be effectively spent since February, she said.

Ms Yingluck said the government would fully implement a drug crackdown policy after the government has put it on the national agenda.

The prime minister also said that reconciliation should equally benefit the public as a whole, and that the entire public sectors should participate in the process.