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Punish PAOs, not the public

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It's unfortunate that the effectiveness of a local administration has inevitably been called into question following an allegation that some of its officials spent public money on extravagant personal benefits. 

This should not be the case. Misuse of public money or acts of corruption by local administration bodies, or any state units at all, must be strictly probed and prevented but the principle of decentralisation should not be collateral damage.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister's Office permanent secretary Panadda Diskul alleged in a posting on his Facebook page that he had learned of a Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO) chief who spent public money on a first-class plane ticket and 100,000 baht on a bottle of wine.

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