'Be good to them', Laos President calls on security forces to build public support


VIENTIANE, April 6 (Vientiane Times/ANN): President Thongloun Sisoulith (pic), who is also Party Secretary General, has instructed members of the public security force to be a force that people can rely on and to support the work of the Ministry of Public Security in battling the drug trade.

Thongloun issued the direction when addressing a ceremony in Vientiane on Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of the public security force (April 5, 1961-April 5, 2021).

He urged the force to continue to build support at the grassroots level, saying that a strong network would ensure sincere and willing participation by the general public.

“To ensure full public participation, security personnel need to be role models, build trust, be a force that people can rely on and share their sadness and happiness,” President Thongloun said.

The Lao public security force was born from the Lao People’s Liberation Army in the process of the fight for national liberation.

President Thongloun paid tribute to the courage and achievements of the public security force in its attempt to combat enemy invasions into rearguard strongholds and praised the growth of the force over the past 60 years.

President Thongloun paid tribute to the courage and achievements of the public security force in its attempt to combat enemy invasions into rearguard strongholds and praised the growth of the force over the past 60 years.

He reminded security personnel of the hard task they had undertaken in response to meeting the country’s needs, such as suppressing opponents, supporting the creation of a safe society, and building a strong environment that ensured peace and enabled people to earn a living.

President Thongloun said it was the duty of the police to provide legal protection in order to create an unbiased and just security force that people could trust to protect the interests of all members of society.

The force had a difficult task in tackling all forms of crime, terrorism, transnational crime, undesirable social conduct, drug abuse, road accidents, thefts and robbery, social disturbances, financial disputes, murders, and fraud, the president said.

In giving advice on the best way to fulfil their duties, the president instructed security personnel to improve their way of thinking and working methods in order to adequately meet present requirements.

He urged the force to make clear assessments of what is taking place and will happen in order to be fully prepared for a timely response, in the right way, and decisively.

He advised the force to carry out insightful and indepth analyses and planning, to prioritise situations and address them in line with their priority, and to finalise solutions to problems.

The president reminded everyone present at the ceremony of the resolution adopted by the second session of the Party Central Committee of the 11th Party Congress, and the Politburo meeting held on March 30-31, which agreed included the drug issue in the national agenda.

The Politburo assigned the government to prepare a plan for submission to the Party Central Committee at its upcoming extraordinary session.

“The Ministry of Public Security shall put this issue as the first priority alongside being a counsellor to the government in translating the resolution adopted at the 11th Congress of the Party to detail an action plan for the ministry,” President Thongloun quoted the resolution as saying. - Vientiane Times/ANN
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