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Well, my friend finally found out where his father disappeared during the Coup. I’m relived for him.

“A spokesman for the military leaders who staged the takeover said Thursday that four ministers from Thaksin’s administration had been detained.”

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/09/22/thailand.coup/index.html

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Personally, I’m in a strange situation. As I have close ties to both the TRT party, and the Coup factions.

But, I’m leaning in favor of Coup as I’ve seen first hand how TRT operates behind the curtains. Yes, there’s corruption everywhere in Thailand, and no doubt it’ll take a 100 years before it can make western standards. But kickbacks, and under table stuff is all fine and dandy, but the line has to be drawn when the nation’s best interest is constantly superceded by their own pockets.

I once was a part of consortium that won the bid to operate all the buses, taxis, and veichle links in the new airport. The following week, we were approached by a messenger from “The Big Lady” and informed we must pay to the tune of $10 Mil USD upfront as a fee just for winning the contract. The process is normal in big projects in Thailand, however the scale of money they asked is outrageous. The contract was abandoned because that alone would push the ROI back so far, it wouldn’t make any business sense at all. The operating rights eventually got spread amongst what I would call a “1st degree group.”

There’s no point in fighting the coup at this point, I rather urge effort be put into forming the new constitution with the idea of idependent operating government branches that ACTUALLY checks & balances one another. Terms of PMships be clearly defined, motions so the consitutions can’t be repealed like toilet paper, an audit committee and voice of the people (BKK & Provinces) where the King doesn’t have to come in and save us every single time.

The King can’t save us forever, yes he’s a great man but the laws of nature still apply to him. Thais must begin to realize he won’t live forever.

I don’t know how to draft laws, and far from a being political know-anything- England/American consitutions work to a degree, why can’t Thais base it on that? Electoral college? But even that system fails at times, *cough* Bush/Gore 2000.

Bring in foreign experts to help draft the constitution, don’t have such an ego and think we can solve everything on our own. It is great the coup is soliciting help to draft the new constitution, I only hope that they truely mean it and will genuiely take into account the suggestions sent it.

4 Comments so far

  1. J (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

    There will be no one who can claim his/her expertise in constitution writing. And I don’t think that a ‘Foreign Expert’ would help. England has no constitution. The US one has been raped so that I don’t think their goverment could preach the world about democracy.

    Look at the kind of democracy they are trying to impose on Iraq!

    You must accept that there are many kinds of democracy, not just THE ONE democracy. We are living in a very different context from the US or the UK. Hence, we need to find our own way. It may take several hundred years, but it shall come.

    Besides, the two countries mentioned also have their own crisis – the crisis that they might even realize. I don’t think that they are as politically active as the Thais. The best they could do is moaning. At the end they will just let Bush & Blair do whatever they want – controlling the people through fear and hatred, as well as turning the society into a policed state.


  2. cheesepack (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    It’s amazing how many wingers/idiots are out there spouting “Democracy must be spread” type rhetoric who clearly fail to grasp the fact that this coup had a popular mandate, and may well have actually -saved- the Thai democracy. There is a lot to be said about CNN et al’s hyping of the ‘military’ angle of this coup, without giving any context to the events. But alas, that’s what’s wrong with the Western media today.

    A constitutional convention involving all factors of Thai society (including TRT) should be held imminently – the most important priority in drafting a new one is developing a proper mechanism for dismissing/impeaching a rogue government like Thaksin’s. No more coups!


  3. Bo (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

    True, those country has their own problems and issues. Democracy works in certain different forms.

    What I’m trying to get at is, when the King is gone. Chances are next time a another coup happens it won’t be so peaceful… no more rally point.

    So if you’re going to repeal the constitution, they better have make this one bulletproof. [pun]


  4. Walter Guest (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 9:01 am

    I’m a farang who is ignorant of the inner workings of Thai politics. In my 2 1/2 years here I’ve never run into a bit of graft. Okay, I don’t get around much. But in my experiences in the Middle East, South America and ten years in Asia, Thailand is by for the most honest.
    Your posting is a revelation to me. I believe you but I’m shocked.
    The elephant in the living room is Thaksin still has the votes to win the next election. How will a democratic constitution get around that?



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