They directly contact the sources [of administrative power] when in need and could voice their complaints through the media while poorer Bangkokians still have to rely on [these] representatives," said Chaiwat Thirapanthu, chairman of Civic Net and co-founder of Bangkok Forum, both middle-class based civic groups.
said research is needed to find out how the system could be made more responsive.
He suggests that perhaps the immediate surrounding provinces around Bangkok should become part of Bangkok, headed by an elected governor with six mayors running policies in tandem with the governors also elected.
This way, Bangkok and its vicinity can be better served.
"We must reinvent governance [in the area]," added Chaiwat
because many people live in greater Bangkok but come to work in Bangkok every weekdays.