- Posted July 4, 2012 by
Amendments to Thailand's Constitution 2007 meets with resistance
A legitimate government, elected by the people, has the mandate to amend or abolish policies, introduce new economical strategies, reinvent societal approaches to meet the needs and concerns of the people and their unique Thai-ness. This is a legitimate government which had won the elections without the support or intervention of the military. Through democratic process in decision making, and empowerment of being involved with creating a future based on the present. But it seems an oddity in this country to not argue or debate about anything-and-everything related to Thai life.
Yet, the Democrat Party, what is seen as a radically-charged opposition, has provoked a storm of finger-pointing and flexing political elitism muscles at every declaration of Yingluck's government. Yes, politicians, just like the layman on the street, have the right to express themselves in line with free speech. But I am curious, why would anyone want to support a constitution that was drafted and produced by a military-junta? How can it be democratic when there is an absence of participation and representation of society at large?
I see the urgency of the Thai politicians in fabricating obstacles that will prevent a transparent and accountable process. I see the urgency of a failed political party seeking to squeeze itself back into the limelight, and naturally they are eager to take the reigns of governance, despite the fact that when they governed Thailand once a upon a time ago, they had the military and their firepower to back their "legitimacy."
I am not convinced of the sincerity of these politicians, self-absorbed in their greed and need to declare themselves suitable for the future by the technicality or interpretation of a Constitution that was produced during troubled times. And I am not convinced that my Thai friends are willing to accept the clownish behaviours of politicians who are bent on conforming others into losing their vision of a brighter Thailand.