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Flood projects need scrutiny

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The pain caused by the 2011 floods represented a rough wake-up call that something must be done to prevent a repeat of a similar disaster. Hence, the 350-billion-baht flood prevention and drought mitigation megaproject was hastily drawn up by the government and an executive decree enacted to enable the Finance Ministry to secure loans to fund the project without the trouble of going through parliamentary scrutiny as should have been the case. 

Although Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said the mega-infrastructure project is transparent and it will be implemented as such, the reality is that the project has lacked transparency from day one.

Firstly, consider the executive decree to secure funding for the project within the set deadline of June 30. Why was the decree needed? The widely held suspicion is that this short-cut legal approach is intended to block the opposition's scrutiny that could possibly expose shortcomings or loopholes, leaving the public in the dark about the project details.

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