|Meechai: Senators wrong to seek meet
Published on September 08, 2005 - Former Senate speaker Meechai Ruchuphan yesterday opposed a move by senators to find a quick solution to the auditor-general dilemma.
“There is no one who understands the problems of the country more than His Majesty the King, or who is as concerned about the plight of the people,” Meechai wrote on his personal website.
“When they cannot solve a problem and wish to seek His Majesty’s guidance, it is gravely inappropriate for agencies to set a time limit or do anything to speed up the process.’’
Meechai said the problem stemmed from the fact that the concerned agencies had made mistakes from the beginning, adding that some organisations think they have power but no responsibility.
“They often resort to the sentiment that they were elected and the public can depend on them. Whoever says that should reflect and ask themselves if they have done anything for the public.’’
He was referring to a move by a group of senators to seek a meeting with Asa Sarasin, principal private secretary to His Majesty, to find a way out of the auditor-general impasse.
The Senate submitted the nomination of Visut Montriwat as auditor-general for royal endorsement 90 days ago.
Meechai said that if the House had not received royal endorsement for a draft bill after 90 days, the House must review the draft bill according to the Constitution. But if the matter is not in the form of a draft bill, it is up to His Majesty to endorse it or not.
Suriyasai Katasila, secretary-general of the Campaign for Popular Democracy, criticised Senate Speaker Suchon Chaleekrua’s plan to launch a probe against the senators who had sought the meeting with Asa. He said the senators acted in good faith to find a way out of the problem.
He said Suchon himself should be investigated for submitting Visut’s nomination for royal endorsement despite the fact Khunying Jaruvan Maintakal already held the post.