Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Under or above water, honesty is still the best policy

Some refreshing remarks from the Big Deluge: Science Minister Plodprasob Suraswadi has come out publicly to tell Premier Yingluck Shinawatra that she must "tell the truth" to the public about the serious flooding and that no matter how unpleasant the facts are, she must come forth with all that the government knows.

No doubt, honesty is the best policy. The only problem is:Does the government know ALL the facts in this fast-changing flooding situation though.

Plodprasob obviously practises what he preaches. He confessed that he and his officials had miscalculated the serious effects of the severe water flow from the North. "We failed to take into account the water that came charging in from the surface. We only looked at the water volumes from the river from the north. Now, we must re-evaluate the whole situation."

It was the minister who admitted a few days ago that the effort to build sandbag walls to fight the rising tide would be futile. Evacuation was to be the only practical solution.

It's a proven fact: No matter how hard you try, you can't beat nature.

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