Former Thai MP on Civil Service: Pay Peanuts and Reap the Fruits When Monkeys Play Politics

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Former Thai MP on Civil Service: Pay Peanuts and Reap the Fruits When Monkeys Play Politics

The quality of Asian public service needs huge overhaul for grand plans to be translated into great execution. AWANI Review’s Zakiah Koya speaks to politician-cum-academic Kriengsak Chareonwongsak on what it takes to carry out this `civil’ transformation.

Civil servants in most ASEAN capitals can be relied upon to produce brilliant blueprints but they are often found wanting when it comes to executing these best laid plans into action. The crux of the problem according to former Thai Member of Parliament Professor Kriengsak Chareonwongsak lies in the pocket – that the civil servants are often paid peanuts to do the job. Kriengsak who heads the Thai Nation Building Institute carries impressive credentials. He was a member of the National Economic and...

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