- Posted December 25, 2013 by
Rejection of Elected Government?
Why Thai People rejected Democratically elected Government and demand total reform before new election.
Discontentment of the Thai People.
The various unlawful acts and corruption by the government of Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra have triggered the discontentment of the Thai People. Government used its overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives and influence in the Senate to move towards parliamentary dictatorship. The government also ignored the practice of good governance and had no respect for the rule of law.
There is no such phenomenon as clash of classes in Thailand. The continued demonstrations do not stem only from the discontentment of the middle class in Bangkok alone but also from the nation wide demand for righteousness. The Puea Thai Party and the government of Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra boasted that they were the party of the poor and used populist policies to win the elections of 2010. Once in power they have done nothing for anybody, poor or rich, but themselves and their cronies. Here are just a few examples.
1. The government of Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra has destroyed the rule of law by submitting an Amnesty Bill to white wash her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister, from his corruption charges and his involvement in the violence during the years 2009-2010. This Amnesty Bill will also put a stop to further investigation into his involvement in extrajudicial killing and abuse of human rights in the three Southern Border Provinces as well as the killings during the "war on drugs". The Bill also aims to reimburse a sum of $1.5 billion which was seized when he was found guilty of corruption and other charges in 2010.
2. The Rice Mortgage Scheme which Thaksin Shinawatra explicitly and publicly claims to be his initiative had led the country to lose $13 billion. It also destroyed Thailand's competitiveness in the world rice market. The scheme has many intended loopholes which enable his cronies to embezzle gigantic sum of money.
3. The government of Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra has attempted to circumvent budgetary practice by submitting a bill to enable it to secure a loan of $70 billion for infrastructure mega-projects. This bill is only 4 pages long and contains vague details of the projects. If approved, the country would be subject to 50 years of repayment.
4. The government of Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra had also implemented a number of populist policies. These include excise tax reduction for the first car, credit card for farmers, revolving fund for villages, and free electricity and water supply. These vote catching policies have caused irreparable damage to the country's fiscal situation as well as ingraining the "culture of beggars" amongst the people. Populist policies produce votes for the government's party but rip the people of determination for self betterment and the value of work ethics.
It is a fact that the real head of the government is Thaksin Shinawatra and not his puppet-like sister. This fact is even boasted about by various government officials and members of Puea Thai Party. Thai People has come to the conclusion that they can no longer tolerate the government that was hatched from corruption.
The billionaire fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra is still facing a number of corruption charges as well as malpractice charges in the Thai courts. Here are examples of corruption and human right violation charges against him.
-The conflict of interest case related to the $2.2 billion tax free sale of Shin Corp, his telecommunications company, to Temasek Holding, a Singaporean Company.
-Assisting his former wife to purchase land from a state agency at unrealistic price.
-Corruption in relation to the purchase/hiring of explosive detector and equipment for Suvannabhumi Airport from GE Invision Inc. causing a damage to the country of approximately $80 million.
-Abuse of authority in approving bank loan to Myanmar which resulted in benefit for Shin Corp.
-Unlawful change of telecommunication concession fees into excise tax which allegedly benefited Shin Corp while causing an equivalent loss of $230 million to the country.
-Malfeasance in granting loan of approximately $400 million from state owned KrungThai Bank to a company partnered by his son.
-Abuse and violation of human rights on Muslim population in Southern Border Provinces which caused 108 deaths at Krue Sae Mosque, and 35 deaths at the Tak Bai incidents. Furthermore, during the first government of Thaksin Shinawatra, 18 human rights defenders were assassinated and one disappeared.
-Involvement in extrajudicial killings of over 2,700 individuals during the "war on drug" campaign between 2003-2005. Thaksin Shinawatara subsequently admitted that such campaign was a mistake. It was also found to be qualified as case of crime against humanity by independent investigative committee.
All of the above cases were investigated by a special task force set up after the coup of 2006. The proceeding was in accordance with the Thai criminal codes.
It is well known that Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra is a proxy of fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra. She has no political experience before assuming the office of Prime Minister. Similarly the Puea Thai Party is under a total control of Thaksin Shinawatra. Thus all significant appointments have been made by him and not by Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra who is neither leader of the party nor member of its executive committee. Nepotism is spreading widely in the Thai society and has crept into the civil service and law enforcement agencies.
Thai people value transparent and accountable government as well as politicians who respect the rule of law. The government keeps on insisting that it was elected through democratic process. The election process that was full of fraud and vote rigging. Check and balance is absent in the House of Representatives while Yingluck Shinawatra seldom answered questions and rarely attended the sessions. Censure motions were regarded by the government as joke.
The principle of rule of law and separation of power was further eroded when the Puea Thai members of the House of Representatives publicly announced their refusal to obey the Constitution Court ruling on the draft constitutional amendment regarding the composition of the Senates. The amendment that, if pass, will grant them absolute parliamentary power for years to come. The Court ruled that the move was unconstitutional. Some Puea Thai members of Parliament committed fraud by proxy voting. Discrepancies were also found in the draft submitted to the Parliament and which was used for deliberation.
Thai people can no longer trust the government that used every possible means to abuse the executive and legislative power given to it for self interest rather than national interest.
Thai People hold legitimate and lawful rights to protect their country from corrupt and unlawful government and to remove it from power. They are exercising their “Constitutionally Required” responsibility to protect their country from the tyrannical government of Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra who is a puppet of her brother Thaksin Shinawatra.