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.”
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and under table stuff is all fine and dandy, but the line has to be drawn when the nation’s best interest is constantly superceded by their own pockets.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 Terms of PMships be clearly defined, motions so the consitutions can’t be repealed like toilet paper, an audit committee and voice of the people (BKK & Provinces) where the King doesn’t have to come in and save us every single time.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.