PAD Warning to the New Government
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PAD Warning to the New Government

Announcement No. 29 by the PAD. English and Thai (with Q & A). PAD are best left to hang themselves with their rhetoric:
The PAD would like to announce its stance for the selection of the new prime minister in the extraordinary Parliamentary session as follows:
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Firstly, the PAD opposes any proxy prime minister from the Pheu Thai Party and any prime minister from a political party that is part of a coalition involving the Pheu Thai Party, which is a newly-established proxy political party of the Thaksin regime.
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BP: Abhisit seems to be ok.

Secondly, the PAD condemns threats, intimidation, negotiations, and payment to politicians for them to join the Pheu Thai in being able to form government without care to the damages to the country and the public.

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BP: Any condemnation about payments to politicians for joining the Democrat-led government or reports that the military threatened to stage a coup if the former coalition parties did not join?* Or are those acceptable?
The PAD, as representative of the public, issues 13 conditions for the new government.
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1. Speed up the lese majeste cases against Jakrapob Penkair, Weera Musikapong, websites, publications, community radio stations, and crack down on the movement that endangers the Monarchy as a priority.
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BP: Representative of the public? Aren’t the real representatives called MPs? No need to speed up the lese majeste case against Sondhi L?

2. Announce its stance of not amending the 2007 Constitution or any other law that will whitewash the crimes of politicians, that will benefit politicians’ own interests, that will lessen the authority of the Monarchy or disturb the foundation of the country’s Constitutional Monarchy.

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BP: Is this no amendment of the 2007 Constitution at all? Or just no amendment that will whitewash the crimes of politicians? What provisions do they not want amended? They are always a bit vague.

3. Support good and talented people into power; prevent evil people from taking power; managing the country with transparency; and stop unacceptable politicians or state officials, those with conflicts of interest, or those with corrupt tendency to take power.
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BP: Evil people? What? BP can’t have power? Is Newin an “unacceptable politician”? Or is he now part of the good side?
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Note, the “good” and “evil” rhetoric.

4. Speed up corruption cases to enter the judicial process and prevent direct and indirect interference into the cases. Transfer state officials who have been serving the Thaksin regime out of power, such as the director-general of the Department of Special Investigation, the director-general of the Public Relations Department, the director of the Budget Bureau, the secretary-general of the Food and Drugs Administration, etc. Seize corrupt assets to become state assets once again.

For the benefit of the country, the new government should announce its stance in speeding up the Kao Kradong State Railway Authority of Thailand land violation case and the violation of public land in Satuk district of Buri Ram province. It should also cancel the rental contract for illegitimate shops at the Suvarnabhumi Airport and cancel the shows and prosecute state officials and private companies involved in the non-transparent rental of buying of airtime on the Public Relation Department’s Channel 11.

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BP: Standard PAD mantra. Buri Ram? What is this case about?
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5. Cancel the passport of Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra, a runaway convict of the country.

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BP: Cancelling the diplomatic passport seems reasonable.

6. Speed up the extradition process of Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra, a runaway convict, to return to serve his jail term in Thailand immediately.

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BP: How? BP is not opposed to this, but in terms of government priorities if Thaksin is not in a fixed place the Foreign Ministry needs more legal advice on how it can proceed. Aren’t there other priorities like looking at the economy?

7. Announce the cancellation of the Thai-Cambodian joint communiqué that gave away Preah Vihear Temple and its surrounding areas to Cambodia and protect Thai sovereignty over its land and natural gas and oil resources in the Gulf of Thailand.

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BP: Ok, they need to continue with their made-up complaints. Yawn.

8. Speed up the eradication of a police state and transfer police officers who accuse, trick, and intimidate PAD supporters to an inactive post. Prosecute police officers involved in the killing of the people on October 7, 2008 and those who accuse the public of being traitors and terrorists, particularly Pol. Gen. Chongrak Chutanont, Pol. Lt. Gen. Suchart Muenkaew, Pol. Maj. Gen. Amnuay Nimmano, Pol. Lt. Gen. Somyos Poompanmuang, Pol. Col. Luechai Sudyod, etc. Restore justice for the police officers who have been honest and brave in protecting the people’s interest through promotions in their job.
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BP: What trickery was used? What if there is no evidence that anyone knew the Chinese tear gas was dangerous? Or does evidence not matter?
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btw, a police state (actually standard PAD rhetoric)? The harsh and oppressive enforcement of the law by the police against those who seize airports is a good example of a police state….

9. Speed up the cases and prosecute those implicated by the National Human Rights Commission and the Senate committees for being involved in the killing of the people, such as Somchai Wongsawat, Gen. Chavalit Yongjaiyudh, and state officials. Prosecute thugs who side with the government in hurting and killing protesters to the fullest extent.

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BP: Implicated? They didn’t implicate anyone. They said some politicians should be responsible, but they just deemed this and did not explain what anyone had done wrong? What about thugs who side with the PAD? You know like their guards?

10. Stop using state media to issue propaganda and lie to the public for the Thaksin regime, particularly the ‘Truth Today’ program on NBT station and its hosts. Launch a media reform to allow the public access to complete information to benefit the country and the people.
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BP: This one seems actually quite reasonable although the reform they envisage is unlikely to provide free access to information.
11. Cancel large-scale and non-transparent projects that will lead to the demise of the country, such as the 4,000 NGV bus rental, the construction of the new Parliament, etc.
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BP: Demise of the country? You know Newin and Co will have transport and there is no way this project is not going. Nevertheless, PAD have a point, why would we want Bangkok to have clean air? Wouldn’t the “uneducated” street vendors and other of ” that ilk” (i.e the “unprincipled masses”) who work out in the open away from air-conditioned offices live longer if there was clean air? Can’t have that!!
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NOTE: In case, it isn’t clear, this is bad attempt at satire.

12. Cancel the 1999 State Enterprise Bill and replace it with a state enterprise development and restructuring plan for the utmost benefit of the people. Restore privatized state enterprises as state property, especially PTT.

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BP: Restore the PTT? Remove it from stock exchange? Yeah, we want it to be as efficient and as effective as TOT and CAT!
13. Show the stance of supporting the public in building new politics with greater public participation in politics to ensure true democracy for politics, the economy, and the society accordingly to the way of the PAD and to prevent a future political crisis.
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The PAD calls on politicians who are forming the new government to consider the ideologies of the people and heroes who have sacrificed for the country more than negotiations to compete for benefits by different political groups. The new government should announce its stance and follow the above conditions so as not to disappoint the people and prevent them from losing faith in the current political system.
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If the conditions and ideologies of the PAD are denied or ignored, it is ready to stage activities according to the situation.
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BP: Multiple ideologies! To BP, a parliament full of Sutheps and Banharns is preferable to the PAD. At least you can vote them out. With the PAD as the self-appointed arbitrarors of what is “right” and “wrong”, and who have no qualms about doing anything to achieve their objectives, you can’t do anything.
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So foreign investors and tourists will be confident now given the latest PAD demands?
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h/t to a friend for the English link
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*changed wording to make the sentence more accurate.