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“สุริยะใส” ชี้ ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ บางเรื่องต้องทบทวนขจัดวาระซ่อน

Published June 20, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์คมชัดลึก

http://www.komchadluek.net/news/politic/330725

“สุริยะใส” ชี้ ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ บางเรื่องต้องทบทวนขจัดวาระซ่อน

สุริยะใส กตะศิลา,ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ,สปท,วิสัยทัศน์,พรรคการเมือง,การมีส่วนร่วม,สนช

หนุน ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติมีดี !! วิสัยทัศน์แห่งชาติวางเป้าหมายพัฒนาประเทศ แต่ขาดการมีส่วนร่วม แนะ กมธ.วิสามัญ รับฟังทุกฝ่าย

         17 มิ.ย.61 – “นายสุริยะใส กตะศิลา” รองคณบดีฯวิทยาลัยนวัตกรรมสังคม ม.รังสิตและผอ.สถาบันปฏิรูปประเทศไทย (สปท.) ได้แสดงความเห็นด้วยในหลักการที่ประเทศไทยควรจะมียุทธศาสตร์ชาติเพื่อวางเป้าหมายและทิศทางการพัฒนาประเทศคล้ายๆกับเป็นวิสัยทัศน์แห่งชาติ

“ผมเห็นด้วยในหลักการที่ประเทศไทย ควรจะมียุทธศาสตร์ชาติ ซึ่งประเทศที่พัฒนาแล้วหลายประเทศส่วนใหญ่ก็มีแผนยุทธศาสตร์และเป้าหมายที่ชัดเจน แต่ประเด็นปัญหาที่ควรจะถกแถลงกันในขณะนี้ หลังจาก สนช.รับร่าง ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติและมีการตั้งกรรมาธิการวิสามัญขึ้นมาพิจารณานั้น ควรจะถกกันถึงเนื้อหาสาระว่าขาดตกบกพร่องตรงไหนอย่างไรและจะปรับแก้อย่างไรให้สมบูรณ์”

"สุริยะใส" ชี้ ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ บางเรื่องต้องทบทวนขจัดวาระซ่อน

นายสุริยะใส กล่าวอีกว่า ข้อท้วงติงจากฝ่ายที่ไม่เห็นด้วย ที่น่าสนใจก็คือการมีส่วนร่วมของสังคมในการจัดทำแผนยุทธศาสตร์ชาติน้อยไป หรือเขียนโดยคนไม่กี่คน ฉะนั้นในขั้นกรรมาธิการวิสามัญของ สนช.ต้องรับฟังความคิดเห็นจากทุกภาคส่วนอย่างจริงจัง ขณะที่มีความพยายามของบางฝ่าย ที่จะสร้างความสับสนให้กับสังคมว่าไม่จำเป็นต้องมีแผนยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ หรือถึงขั้นโจมตีว่าแผนยุทธศาสตร์ชาติเป็นเครื่องมือของกลุ่มอำนาจนั้น โดยส่วนตัวผมคิดว่า ไม่ได้เลวร้ายถึงขนาดนั้น และถ้าในหลักการเราเห็นความจำเป็นของการมีแผนยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ ก็ควรจะอ่านเนื้อหาสาระเสียก่อนแล้วมาดูกันว่าต้องปรับแก้เพิ่มเติมตรงไหน อย่างไร

"สุริยะใส" ชี้ ยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ บางเรื่องต้องทบทวนขจัดวาระซ่อน

“เท่าที่ผมได้อ่านร่างยุทธศาสตร์ชาติเบื้องต้นหลายเรื่อง ก็เป็นเรื่องที่ดีและน่าสนใจ ที่เราได้วางวิสัยทัศน์และเป้าหมายในการพัฒนาชาติอย่างชัดเจน แต่บางเรื่องก็จำเป็นที่ต้องทบทวนหรือปรึกษาหารือในวงกว้างเพื่อขจัดวาระซ่อนเร้นใดๆ น่าเสียดายนักการเมืองหรือพรรคการเมืองอาจจะไม่ชอบและรังเกียจแผนยุทธศาสตร์ชาติ เพราะอำนาจที่เขากำลังจะแย่งชิงจากการเลือกตั้งจะถูกตัดตอนและถูกแบ่งปันไปอยู่ในแผนยุทธศาสตร์ชาติจนใช้อำนาจตามอำเภอใจไม่ได้เหมือนที่ผ่านมา”

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“สุเทพ”ตระบัดสัตย์ ละครการเมืองอีกฉาก

Published June 20, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์คมชัดลึก

http://www.komchadluek.net/news/politic/329055

“สุเทพ”ตระบัดสัตย์ ละครการเมืองอีกฉาก

ที่นี่ไม่มีความลับ,ฐานเศรษฐกิจ,สุเทพ เทิอกสุบรรณ,หลั่งน้ำตา,ชวน หลีกภัย,เนวิน ชิดชอย,ทักษิน ชินวัตร,ยิ่งลักษณ์,อภิสิทธิ์

“สุเทพ”ตระบัดสัตย์ ละครการเมืองอีกฉาก…ฐานเศรษฐกิจ ที่นี่ไม่มีความลับ ฉบับ 3372 ระหว่างวันที่ 7-9 มิ.ย.2561 โดย…เอราวัณ

         00 นักการเมืองไทยไม่ค่อยรักษาคำมั่นสัญญาและมักจะเปลี่ยนแปลงสิ่งที่ตนเคยให้คำมั่นหรือที่เรียกกันว่า “สัญญาประชาคม” ได้ตลอดเวลา และนั่นคือสาเหตุหลักในการที่จะต้องปฏิรูปการเมือง

        ดังนั้นคนที่เริ่มต้นในการไม่รักษา “คำสัตย์” ที่ตัวเองลั่นวาจาไว้ อย่าง สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ อย่ามาอ้าปากกล่าวอ้างว่า จะเข้ามาเพื่อเป็นขี้ข้าประชาชน เพราะนั่นคือการสร้างวาทกรรม เพื่อหาความชอบธรรมในการ “ตระบัดสัตย์” เท่านั้น

       00 สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ เติบโตทางการเมืองภายใต้ร่มเงาของชวน หลีกภัย ตำแหน่งทางการเมืองสำคัญมาจากการสนับสนุนของชวน หลีกภัย โดยเป็นเลขานุการรัฐมนตรีว่าการรมว.เกษตรและสหกรณ์ในสมัยที่ ชวน หลีกภัย เป็นรัฐมนตรี ก้าวขึ้นเป็นรัฐมนตรีครั้งแรกในครั้งที่ ชวน หลีกภัย เป็นนายกรัฐมนตรี ด้วยตำแหน่ง รมช.เกษตรและสหกรณ์ โดยมี นิพนธ์ พร้อมพันธุ์ (พี่เมีย) เป็นรัฐมนตรีว่าการ

        และเป็นผู้ที่ทำให้ “รัฐบาลชวน 1” ต้องอับปางลงด้วยการออกนโยบายแจกที่ดิน ส.ป.ก.4-01 (มีการแจกให้ญาติเลขานุการรมช.ตัวเอง ทั้งที่เป็นคหบดีในภูเก็ต) จนเป็นที่มาของการโจมตีทางการเมืองอย่างหนักของกลุ่ม 16 ที่มี เนวิน ชิดชอบ เป็นแกนนำในขณะนั้น ตามมาด้วยการถอนตัวของพรรคพลังธรรม ของ พล.ต.จำลอง ศรีเมือง ในปี 2538 อันเป็นเหตุให้ ชวน หลีกภัย ตัดสินใจยุบสภา

       00 ช่วงกระแส ส.ป.ก.4-01 รุนแรง สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ ต้องลงไปลุยแจกเอกสารคำชี้แจงตามสี่แยกไฟแดงเพื่อสู้กับการที่ กลุ่ม16 เอา “กระจง” (สัตว์ป่า) ไปปล่อยให้สื่อมวลชนเห็นเมื่อครั้งไปตรวจพื้นที่ ส.ป.ก.4-01 ในภูเก็ต ก่อนการอภิปรายไม่ไว้วางใจในปี 2538 ถัดไปอีกปี สุเทพ กลายเป็นผู้นำเอาข้อมูลการปล่อยกู้อันมิชอบ ของธนาคารกรุงเทพฯพาณิชย์การ (BBC) ให้กับพลพรรคกลุ่ม 16 ในช่วงที่กลุ่ม 16 เรืองอำนาจมี เนวิน ชิดชอบ เป็นรมช.คลัง สุชาติ ตันเจริญ เป็น รมช.มหาดไทย มาอภิปรายไม่ไว้วางใจ จนกระทั่งธนาคารกรุงเทพฯพาณิชย์การ ต้องปิดตัวลง และ “รัฐบาลบรรหาร”ยุบสภา

      00 หลังจาก ชวน หลีกภัย กลับมาเป็นนายกฯ สมัยที่ 2 เมื่อปลายปี 2540 ก็ปูนบำเหน็จให้ สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ ขึ้นเป็น รมว.คมนาคม นั่นคือการกลับมายิ่งใหญ่ทางการเมือง หลังจากตกต่ำด้วยกรณี ส.ป.ก.4-01 พร้อม ๆ กับการยอมร่วมรัฐบาลกับ เนวิน ชิดชอบ (ในตำแหน่งรมช.เกษตรและสหกรณ์) ทั้ง ๆ ที่ห้ำหั่นเอาเป็นเอาตายกันทางการเมือง ช่วง 2-3 ปี ก่อนหน้านั้น และใน 11 ปีต่อมา (2551) สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ กลายเป็นคนเจรจาให้ เนวิน ชิดชอบ ถอนตัวจาก ทักษิณ ชินวัตร มาร่วมกันตั้งรัฐบาลอภิสิทธิ์ เวชชาชีวะ นี่คือตัวอย่างของ “การเมืองที่ไม่มีมิตรแท้และศัตรูถาวร”

00 ฉายภาพประวัติศาสตร์ทางการเมืองที่เกี่ยวข้องกับชายชื่อ สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ จะได้เห็นว่าเขาไม่ใช่คนยึดติดกับความเป็นมิตร หรือ ศัตรู รวมทั้งอุดมการณ์ทางการเมือง แต่เขายึด “ความสำเร็จ” เป็นที่ตั้ง ดังนั้นครั้งหนึ่ง (ตุลาคม 2556) ที่เคยประกาศว่าจะเลิกเล่นการเมือง ในช่วงชุมนุมขับไล่รัฐบาลยิ่งลักษณ์ ชินวัตร และกลับมาประกาศจะเข้ามาอีกครั้งเพื่อสนับสนุนพรรครวมพลังประชาชาติไทย ที่มี เอนก เหล่าธรรมทัศน์ ว่าที่ผู้นำพรรค (ผู้นำพรรคตัวจริงก็คือ สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ นั่นแหละ)

     00 สุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ เป็นคนการเมืองหัวจรดเท้าตั้งแต่ลงมาเป็นกำนันก็เล่นการเมืองท้องถิ่น และเข้ามาเล่นการเมืองระดับชาติ จนต้องบอกว่าจิตวิญญาณของเขา “ขาดการเมืองไม่ได้” จึงไม่ใช่เรื่องน่าแปลกใจที่เขาประกาศว่า จะกลับมาในวงการการเมืองอีกครั้งในนามพรรครวมพลังประชาชาติไทย เพราะเขาไม่เคยออกจากการเมือง อยู่ที่ว่าจะเป็นการเมืองในสภาหรือการเมืองบนท้องถนน ฉะนั้นจึงไม่ต้อง “หลั่งน้ำตา” อ้างขอเป็นขี้ข้าประชาชน สร้างความชอบธรรมเพื่อกลับเข้าวงการ

Coronation to take place before poll: PM Prayut

Published June 20, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30348134

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Coronation to take place before poll: PM Prayut

politics June 20, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

SURPRISE STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER THROWS FURTHER DOUBT ON POLL DATE

PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday linked the coronation with the date for the next election, saying the junta needed to prepare for the important royal ceremony before calling the long-awaited poll.

While it is has been widely accepted that the general election would take place no sooner than February next year, the date for the coronation has not been announced.

The prime minister broke with tradition in linking the royal ceremony with a political event.

Prayut’s surprise remark came amid growing pressure on the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to call an election after several delays caused by legislative complications.

After the Cabinet meeting yesterday, Prayut brought up the coronation out of the blue.

“Everyone must not forget about the most important thing. Today, the NCPO gives importance to the preparation of the coronation. Every Thai must not forget. This is important,” he said.

“Don’t say I’m making an excuse. For this, I need the country to be peaceful and stable. It also impacts investments, too. The election will also go on according to democracy. I don’t think these go in contrast.”

His unprompted comments led reporters to ask if the election would be held before or after the coronation. He responded that the election would definitely take place after the coronation.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne on December 2016, but the date of his coronation has not yet determined.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that the determination of the coronation day depended solely on royal judgement.

“I cannot talk about this [the coronation] since the Cabinet did not discuss the matter [yesterday]. I heard the prime minister talked about it. He might know, but I don’t know,” Wissanu told reporters.

The election has been anticipated since soon after the coup took place in 2014. Prayut initially said the election would take place the following year but the schedule has shifted thanks to a lengthy process of legislation and the writing of the Constitution.

Prayut has talked about the election almost every time he has met with foreign leaders. He told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in early 2015 that the election would be held within a year. He told then chief of United Nations Ban Ki-moon in late 2015 that the poll in Thailand would take place in the middle of 2017. He said during his visit to Washington late last year that the election would be held in late 2018.

Human rights defenders and activists urged British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron – who Prayut is scheduled to meet today and next Monday respectively – to pressure the PM for a rapid transition to a civilian government.

The two European leaders might mention democratisation in Thailand but pressuring the junta chief may be difficult as the European Union softened its stance toward the military government late last year, resuming political contact at all levels with Thailand, diplomatic sources said.

The road map to democracy, according to the Constitution, says that the election must take place 150 days after the organic laws crucial for the vote come into effect. However, the bills have suffered several legislative hiccups such as committee revisions and a constitutional review. Consequently, the election has been delayed indefinitely.

The powers-that-be have reiterated that voting would be held in February next year. But critics have questioned that promise, given the current situation in which a ban on politics remains strictly in place and the organic bills on the Senate and MPs election are still pending royal endorsement.

The junta indicated it was preparing for the election as Prayut assigned his deputy Prawit Wongsuwan to call a meeting with political parties to clear the way for the poll. Wissanu said the meeting would take place soon.

Anger as MP defections set to harm Pheu Thai

Published June 20, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30348168

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Anger as MP defections set to harm Pheu Thai

politics June 20, 2018 01:00

By POLITICAL DESK
THE NATION

election hopes NEW PRO-JUNTA POLITICAL PARTY ATTEMPTING TO CONVINCE POLITIC

THE PHEU THAI Party yesterday reacted angrily to alleged moves by a pro-junta political party to steal some of its former MPs, an effort that could weaken the former ruling party ahead of the next general election. Veteran politicians linked to the new party, called Palang Pracharat, are touring the Northeast reportedly to persuade former Pheu Thai MPs to defect and join the pro-junta party. The new party, named after the post-coup government’s populist development project, is linked to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and is believed to be backing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s return as government head after the next election, which is tentatively set for next February. The veteran politicians include Somsak Thepsuthin and Suriya Juengrungruangkit, who were both key figures in the now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party. It was founded by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is now Pheu Thai’s patriarch and is often referred to as “Big Boss” by its politicians. Somsak and Suriya have set up a group called “Sam Mit” (Three Friends), with the third “friend” reportedly being Somkid. They have managed to persuade all of Pheu Thai’s three former MPs in the northeastern Loei province to join the new party and they are eyeing more defections. Prayut yesterday denied any involvement with moves by Somsak and Suriya. He said many political parties are making moves and it was their business that he had nothing to do with. However, Pheu Thai says the people in power are linked to the ongoing moves. Pheu Thai secretary general Phumtham Wechayachai yesterday denounced former party MPs who have defected. He described them as “politicians who lack ideology” and can be bought easily. Phumtham said the moves to poach Pheu Thai’s former MPs were pushing the country back to “the same old rotten politics”. He said the attempts were part of the junta’s bid to “prolong their stay in power”, although he did not mention anyone by name. “People will make decisions and give lessons to the politicians who lack ideology,” Phumtham said. He implied that it was the party’s popularity, and not an individual politician’s popularity, that is the deciding factor in winning an election. In order to win the next election, the junta needs to weaken Pheu Thai, which under different titles – Thai Rak Thai and People Power – has won all general elections since 2001. Pheu Thai’s stronghold is in the North and Northeast, where the party won most of its MP seats. Mass defections could weaken Pheu Thai, although the party believes that new candidates could win back seats from defectors. Defections by incumbent and former MPs are nothing new in Thai politics. Pheu Thai itself has used the same tactic to help boost its chance of winning elections. Yutthaporn Issarachai, a political scientist at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, said that MP defections were a common phenomenon. Most of the time, they shifted when they saw an opportunity to win seats and be part of a post-election coalition, he said. This time, former MPs migrating to a new or smaller party were a result of the current rules and regulations, he said. The Constitution, the organic laws, and the NCPO Order No 53/2560 have given parties an upper hand in forming a new government after the election, he added. However, this tactic did not necessarily guarantee success, he said. Voter behaviour changed significantly after the 1997 Constitution, he said. Rather than choosing local leaders they were familiar with, voters learned to give importance to the affiliation parties as well. “So, they may still lose, especially when they are in a party that is not recognised by the voters,” Yutthaporn said. “Pheu Thai, on the other hand, may not be that badly affected because some of these emigrating former MPs didn’t win all the elections in the past anyway.”

Former foreign minister given two-year jail sentence in Thaksin passports case

Published June 20, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Surapong arrives at the Court's building on Tuesday.//Photo : Chalinee Thirasupa
Surapong arrives at the Court’s building on Tuesday.//Photo : Chalinee Thirasupa

Former foreign minister given two-year jail sentence in Thaksin passports case

Breaking News June 19, 2018 15:50

By The Nation

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The Supreme Court’s Political Office Holders Division on Tuesday sentenced Surapong Tohvichakchaikul, a former foreign minister, to two years in jail for malfeasance and dereliction of duty by reissuing passports for fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra in 2011.

The reissuance of Thaksin’s travel documents was done during Surapong’s tenure as foreign minister in the government of then-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, who is Thaksin’s younger sister.

The court said Surapong’s offence went against the Foreign Ministry’s 2005 regulations concerning passport issuance.

It ruled in favour of the maximum penalty for the charge as Surapong’s action assisted Thaksin, who had earlier been convicted to a jail term and remained a suspect in many other crimes, in his travel to foreign countries.

The new passports for Thaksin damaged the dignity of the country’s justice system, the court said.

While serving as foreign minister in 2011, Surapong instructed the Foreign Ministry to issue two new passports to Thaksin, whose passports had been revoked in December 2008 by the Democrat-led government of Abhisit Vejjajiva on the grounds that the former PM was deemed to be damaging the country while living abroad.

Surapong said at the time that the new passports for Thaksin, who spends most of his time in Dubai avoiding a two-year jail term for corruption, could be a “New Year’s present”.

The National Legislative Assembly last year impeached Surapong, a key Pheu Thai Party politician, and banned him from politics for five years in connection with his actions in this matter.

The NLA’s action was taken at the request of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

In supporting his decision to reissue the ex-PM’s passports, Surapong had told the media that he and the Pheu Thai-led government at the time had agreed that Thaksin’s presence overseas did not cause any damage to Thailand or foreign countries, and that he was therefore justified in revoking the Democrat-led government’s order.

Thaksin has lived in self-exile overseas since fleeing the country in 2008.

Surapong has the right to appeal the court’s decision.

Meechai denies charter rigged to forge ‘unity govt’

Published June 20, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Meechai Ruchupan
Meechai Ruchupan

Meechai denies charter rigged to forge ‘unity govt’

politics June 19, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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THE CHIEF Constitution drafter yesterday dismissed claims that the charter was written with a goal of paving the way for a government of “national unity” after the next general election.

Meechai Ruchupan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), said the new Constitution, in effect since April last year, was based on suggestions from public members.

Critics have said no single political party is likely to win a majority in the House of Representatives in the next election, making a coalition government possible. Critics said the lack of a clear winner could also lead to certain parties colluding to select Prayut Chan-o-cha as the prime minister after the poll.

In response, Meechai yesterday said the claims were based on speculation. He said nobody could predict how voters would decide the next election.

“You can’t plot such a plan that is speculated,” Meechai said.

“Nobody can read the minds of voters. Time changes, so do the factors that make voters choose their MPs,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan commented on the call for a government of national unity made by Anek Laothamatas, a key figure in the Action Coalition for Thailand Party. Prawit said all the political parties would have to cooperate to make such an administration possible. But he was unsure if that would be possible. “I don’t know how it will happen,” he said.

In response to Anek’s proposal for an amnesty to solve the political conflict, Prawit said that should be a matter for the new government after the next election.

“It can be done. But it’s a matter for an elected government,” he said. However, Prawit added that he was unsure if an amnesty would actually lead to a reconciliation or end the conflict.

Meechai also suggested that the Election Commission issue a calendar with exact dates and timeframes to prepare for the next election.

The CDC chief was speaking at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law, where he gave a speech about the new Constitution.

In his speech, held to mark the 45th anniversary of the faculty’s establishment, Meechai called on people who want to amend the Constitution to do so for the benefit of the public. He said the charter was written with that principle in mind.

The constitution drafters “are aware of the significance of the administration and of all state organs performing their duties in line with the laws and the Constitution. [The administration and organs] shall not act as they like, but they shall act for the benefit and happiness of the people as a whole,” he said.

France, UK leaders urged to upbraid Prayut on trip

Published June 19, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

France, UK leaders urged to upbraid Prayut on trip

politics June 19, 2018 01:00

By POLITICAL DESK
THE NATION

Junta’s human rights record and election delays to draw flak in Europe.

WHILE Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is hoping to use his trip to the United Kingdom and France starting tomorrow to seal economic deals and garner international recognition of his regime, he might also have to endure a lecture from leaders about human rights and democracy, thanks to the efforts of campaigners and exiled Thai dissidents.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the leaders of two European countries to press the Thai junta chief for a rapid transition to democratic civilian rule.

General Prayut, who also heads the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), is scheduled to meet with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in London tomorrow and French President Emmanuel in Paris Macron next Monday.

“Prime Minister May and President Macron should strongly express their deep concerns about the deteriorating state of human rights under military rule in Thailand,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of HRW.

“They should make clear to General Prayut that there will be no return to business as usual until Thailand holds free and fair elections, establishes a democratic civilian government and improves respect for human rights.”

The UK and France are among major trade allies of Thailand to repeatedly state that bilateral relations will only be normalised when democracy is fully restored through free and fair elections.

“Prime Minister May and President Macron should recognise that the UK and France stand to benefit far more from a partnership with a country that respects human rights and rule of law, HRW said yesterday.

“Business deals should not come at the expense of serious discussions on human rights and the junta’s tightening grip on power,” Adams said. “The UK and French governments need to press the junta to end repression so that Thailand can move towards democratic civilian rule.”

In addition to government leaders and senior officials, Prayut is also scheduled to meet with businesspeople, including company executives.

It was reported that the junta leader might encounter anti-junta protesters living in the UK and France. Among them are those living in exile because of political repression at home.

The Facebook page “Kon Thai UK” has pinned a post calling on Thai nationals in Europe to join a demonstration against the Thai junta tomorrow and Thursday, when Prayut is in London. They planned to hold up placards in front of a hotel where the Thai PM is scheduled to give a speech on “Transforming Thailand”.

The activities are said to be led by Giles Ungpakorn, a Thai academic living in self-exile in the UK after being charged under the lese majeste law in Thailand years ago.

Spectre of Yingluck

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was toppled by Prayut in 2014, has been repeatedly sighted in London but it remains unclear whether the Thai junta chief will raise the issue of her residence in discussions with his British counterpart.

Prayut’s European trip became possible due to Brexit and the European Union’s softened stand for political engagement at all levels with the Thai military government.

Those travelling with Prayut include Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, PM’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakul, Finance Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawongse and Industry Minister Utama Sawanayon.

According to government spokesman Weerachon Sukondhapatipak, the group will arrive in London early tomorrow and will first meet with executives of major Thai companies operating in the UK. Prayut is to meet with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in the afternoon.

On Friday, Prayut is scheduled to meet with Guillaume Faury, chairman of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, at the company’s office in France’s Toulouse.

The PM is to meet with Thai businesspeople, state officials and the Thai expat community on Saturday. His meeting with executives of French large companies interested in investing in Thailand is scheduled for Monday.

Prayut is scheduled to meet with French leader Macron at the presidential palace in Paris next Monday. They are to witness the signing of a joint venture company principles agreement between Airbus and Thai Airways, as well as the purchase of a Theos II satellite between Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency and Airbus Defence & Space SAS.

The PM and his team are scheduled to arrive back in Thailand next Tuesday.

Meechai denies charter rigged to forge ‘unity govt’

Published June 19, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Meechai Ruchupan
Meechai Ruchupan

Meechai denies charter rigged to forge ‘unity govt’

politics June 19, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

THE CHIEF Constitution drafter yesterday dismissed claims that the charter was written with a goal of paving the way for a government of “national unity” after the next general election.

Meechai Ruchupan, chairman of the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), said the new Constitution, in effect since April last year, was based on suggestions from public members.

Critics have said no single political party is likely to win a majority in the House of Representatives in the next election, making a coalition government possible. Critics said the lack of a clear winner could also lead to certain parties colluding to select Prayut Chan-o-cha as the prime minister after the poll.

In response, Meechai yesterday said the claims were based on speculation. He said nobody could predict how voters would decide the next election.

“You can’t plot such a plan that is speculated,” Meechai said.

“Nobody can read the minds of voters. Time changes, so do the factors that make voters choose their MPs,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan commented on the call for a government of national unity made by Anek Laothamatas, a key figure in the Action Coalition for Thailand Party. Prawit said all the political parties would have to cooperate to make such an administration possible. But he was unsure if that would be possible. “I don’t know how it will happen,” he said.

In response to Anek’s proposal for an amnesty to solve the political conflict, Prawit said that should be a matter for the new government after the next election.

“It can be done. But it’s a matter for an elected government,” he said. However, Prawit added that he was unsure if an amnesty would actually lead to a reconciliation or end the conflict.

Meechai also suggested that the Election Commission issue a calendar with exact dates and timeframes to prepare for the next election.

The CDC chief was speaking at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law, where he gave a speech about the new Constitution.

In his speech, held to mark the 45th anniversary of the faculty’s establishment, Meechai called on people who want to amend the Constitution to do so for the benefit of the public. He said the charter was written with that principle in mind.

The constitution drafters “are aware of the significance of the administration and of all state organs performing their duties in line with the laws and the Constitution. [The administration and organs] shall not act as they like, but they shall act for the benefit and happiness of the people as a whole,” he said.

Poll finds Thais estranged from National Strategy

Published June 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Poll finds Thais estranged from National Strategy

politics June 17, 2018 01:00

By THE SUNDAY NATION

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MORE THAN half of the Thai people remain in the dark about the national strategy that is expected to soon pass the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and to be influential in setting the country’s direction for the next 20 years, a survey released yesterday has found.

The Super Poll, which interviewed 1,150 people of various backgrounds during June 5 to 15, found 54.9 per cent of the respondents said they had no idea what the national strategy was.

However, 64 per cent of those surveyed said that had heard of the term, while 90.2 per cent said the national strategy should be better explained to the general public so that they could become involved in also protecting the national interest.

The poll was released after the Cabinet presented the 20-year National Strategy plan to the NLA on Friday.

The creation of the plan was included in the 2017 Constitution as part of the junta’s attempt to redirect the country after a long period of political conflict that had held the country back economically, politically and socially.

Noppadol Kannika, director of Super Poll, said the lack of familiarity with the national strategy could be explained by the lack of proper public communication about the plan. Most discussion had been clouded by academic jargon that distanced the plan from people’s everyday lives.

The poll director also said that the strategy itself was centred on state power, rather than issues more salient to average Thais.

The public was not involved in creating the plan, which then did not reflect their priorities and was not properly communicated, resulting in both a poor national strategy and the lack of support from Thai citizens, Noppadol said.

The survey’s respondents also expressed concern over the nation’s economic situation. Nearly one-third (29 per cent) said that the future they wanted most from the country was to have a proper job with sufficient pay to cover their costs of living.

They did not want migrant workers to steal their jobs, the respondents said. They also placed higher importance on their concerns about jobs than public peace. In follow-up interviews, the pollsters found that working people saw political unrest as not involving the majority of people, while fear of unemployment did.

Respondents said that migrant workers were today getting more jobs than were Thais and so placed the highest importance on improving the employment opportunities.

Development funding gets the backing of leaders

Published June 17, 2018 by SoClaimon

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Development funding gets the backing of leaders

politics June 17, 2018 01:00

By WASAMON AUDJARINT
THE SUNDAY NATION

LEADERS of five Southeast Asian nations yesterday collectively pushed forward the setting up of sub-regional development funds in the hope they would increase self-sufficiency by driving construction of “missing-link” projects.

The new co-managed funds were proposed at the summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS ) attended by government leaders from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

However, an ACMECS Fund and an ACMECS Infrastructure Fund and Trust proposed by Thailand are still a long way from launching. The funds are named after the five-country grouping.

Senior financial officers will have to work out a wide array of details, from who will supply seed funding to who will administer the funds. A first meeting of the officials is tentatively expected after October, at which they will discuss terms of reference and detailed operations.

“It’s now a symbolic direction where we set forth to our friends where they need funding, and they will see the need,” said Nikorndej Balankura, deputy director-general of the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s International Economic Affairs Department.

“We want the five countries to go in one direction,” he added.

While they would seek financial institutions to manage the funds, the ACMEC countries would at the very least have co-ownership, Nikorndej said.

“The timing is right. The development of each [of the five] countries is now in a state where we can come up with funds. We will become partially self-funded,” he said.

Included in the Bangkok Declaration adopted at yesterday’s 8th ACMECS Summit in the Thai capital, the idea emerged from the steady – but slow – recent growth of the five countries.

While development projects in the three-river countries have relied mostly on third-party money, mainly from China but also Japan, South Korea and Australia as well as multilateral banks, the ACMECS countries have insufficient money to pursue the large number of projects being planned.

The Bangkok Declaration notably contains the need for a five-year ACMECS Master Plan. In effect beginning next year, it would spell out the three-river region’s requirements for the hardware and software infrastructure needed to achieve their goals of “seamless connectivity” and “synchronised ACMECS”.

Thailand’s prioritised projects to be implemented in the next two years include construction of six roads connecting an East-West Economic Corridor, four roads connecting a Southern Economic Corridor, seven railway routes, one port in Ranong, and two airport development projects in Mae Sot and Khon Kaen.

The infrastructure would cost up to US$5 trillion (Bt160 trillion), PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha said after yesterday’s summit.

“We agreed to raise funds or else all these plans will be in vain,” said the Thai premier, who also encouraged ACMECS countries, development partners and “interested countries in Asia and Europe and other stakeholders” to support establishment of the fund.

“We have to look at the funding. Thailand would start with some amount of money. The Asean secretary-general and partner countries will also play significant roles,” Prayut said.

But how much Thailand would invest in the fund is “not as important as building co-ownership of the fund”, Nikorndej said. While Friday’s ACMECS CEO Forum emphasised public-private partnerships, Nikorndej said that plans for the ACMECS funds do not yet include private investment.

“We will see later on about how we will engage with the private sector. However, Thailand is in discussions with the private sector and the Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency to see where and when private roles should be included,” Nikorndej told reporters.

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