A good administrator needs ethics and morality, not just ability
and intelligence, Privy Council chairman and elder statesman Gen
Prem Tinsulanonda told doctoral candidates yesterday. ''I'm glad
to see that Thai people at all levels are now talking more about
ethics and morality, which was rarely talked about in the past,''
smart and intelligent is a good thing, but if there is no morality
and ethics it is not so good.''
his address on ''Public Administration under the Royal Initiatives
for Thailand in the Future'', at a seminar organised by Suan Dusit
Rajabhat University's Doctorate Programme on Public Administration,
Gen Prem said his presentation was not aimed at anybody.
former prime minister's 30-minute address comes at a time when
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is under intense pressure over
the sale of his family's stake in Shin Corp for 73.3 billion baht
to Singapore's Temasek Holdings without paying any taxes.
have long accused the prime minister of abuse of power and of
helping his family and close associates benefit from government
policies since he took office five years ago.
Prem said the King had created many initiatives for the administration
of the country since his accession to the throne 60 years ago.
believed many Thai people had a good understanding of the royal
initiatives and applied them in their lives, but there were others
who dismissed them since they did not clearly understand them.
Majesty the King has said that public administration must be performed
for the nation's stability, security and the public good, and
not involve personal interests or the interests of one's own kin
or cronies,'' he said.
administrators must forge unity because that leads to cooperation
and strength, the former prime minister said.
must understand that a difference of opinion is not conflict or
dissent. Good administrators must be willing to listen to other
opinions and allow subordinates to play a part in making decisions
because we all wish our organisation and country well,'' Gen Prem
also told the doctoral candidates that the King says good administrators
must be honest in thought, speech and deeds, and must make sure
that the people around them are also honest.
administrators must also be righteous and apply a single code
of conduct across the board, he said.
must be good coordinators, have perseverance and consistency and
always educate and improve themselves.
must have sound judgment, be courageous enough to take responsibility
and correct their mistakes and be good role models for their subordinates.
they must perform good deeds without ostentation, Gen Prem said.