I laud the Supreme Administrative Court for ordering the Pollution Control Department (PCD) to pay almost 4 million baht to 22 Karen villagers over the lead contamination of Klitty Creek.
Despite its historical importance, however, the court's judgment will seemingly not do a thing to change the way the PCD operates. The department's director-general, Wichien Jungrungruang, said he'd seek government money to pay the plaintiffs. In other words, dear reader, you and I will be held financially accountable for the PCD's incompetency.
Not only that, but Mr Wichien's going to allow the lead to dilute naturally, in direct opposition to the court's order that the PCD act ''urgently'' to clean it up. It's business as usual, and who cares about the villagers?