Thai politics reaches a new low

Numnual  Yapparat

Thai politics reaches a new low every day. The Election Commission has just announced that the Election Day should be postponed because of the new round of violent caused by Sutep’s mob. One policeman died this morning from gunshot wounds.

In response to the crisis, Yingluck Shinawatra did not offer any alternative solution at all, but mimicked the Democrats’ proposals for “unelected reform”. Yingluck revealed her plan for political reform by suggesting that the Reform Assembly should be appointed by a Reform Committee made up of military generals, technocrats, conservative civil servants, business bosses, bankers and anti-democratic university heads. In short; this is an elites’ assembly. These people will choose and appoint people from “all occupations and professions”. But you can bet your bottom dollar that workers and farmers will be a tiny minority. No elected representatives will be in the Assembly.

Oh dear! Thailand is heading to the Dark Age now.

Pheu Thai has made an unforgiveable mistake again. Not only has it not protected democracy, but it is also helping Sutep and the Democrats destroy every shred of democratic principles. Pheu Thai won the 2011 election in the wake of bloodshed against Red Shirts by the Democrats in 2010. People pinned their hopes on Pheu Thai that they would make a change to Thai politics and bring those who committed the crime against innocent people to justice. However, Pheu Thai has chosen to make a deal with the Thai military instead of moving to restore democracy.

The NGOs are not much better. The Coordinating Committee of NGOs has suggested a so-called reform committee made up of Pheu Thai, the Democrats and the NGOs in equal proportions. Yet the Democrats only represent 1/3 of the voters and the NGOs, who claim to be “Civil Society”, have supported the military since the coup of 2006.

Pro-democracy activists feel betrayed by Pheu Thai. We need to be politically independent from Pheu Thai and we need to organise people at the rank and file levels. In not doing so, we can only wait for the next round of violence by those who oppose democracy.

We need to voice our demands that we do not want political reform by the government, the elites or Sutep and his gang. We need the election and then we need to move forward to political reform in which ordinary people can participate at all levels.  Such reforms should cut down the power and influence of the military, the business bosses and conservative civil servants.