THAILAND: Deputy PM Discusses Official Information Act

25 August 2003

The Bangkok Post reports on the Thai Deputy Prime Minister Visanu Krue-ngam’s recent remarks at the at the United Nations building on the Official Information Act.

Kruengam stated that when the act was first introduced, state agencies had complied strictly with the law requiring them to disclose official information on public demand.

But as time passed, the agencies became less active in responding to requests and enforcement of the Official Information Act has been problematic because state agencies have tended to drag their feet or even reject certain requests.

He said passivity continued to reign despite Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s repeated instructions for unrestricted disclosure.

The Cabinet had authorized the Prime Minister’s Office to de-classify all levels of information held by government agencies to enable public accessibility to issues previously labeled as confidential.

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