: Forgotten Coup and the indicted General Thailand
Yesterday, the 19th June 2007, the Department of Special Investigation ordered deposed Prime Minister Mr. Shinawatra and his wife Khunying Pojaman to appear before it by 29 June 2007 to hear formal charges of concealment of assets involving Shin Corp or face arrest warrants and extradition. As we upload this ACHR WEEKLY REVIEW, the Assets Examination Committee reportedly decided to freeze a total of 35 bank accounts of Bhat 66 billion of Thaksin and associates while it already froze Bhat 52.88 billion last week.
"Hate-Thaksin" is the only campaign that General Sonthi Boonyaratglin has successfully run so far.
I. Business as usual
Despite the 19 September 2006 military coup, business goes on as usual in Thailand as if the present military installed government headed by Prime Minister General (Retd) Surayud Chulanont is a democratically elected one. Not that Mr. Shinawatra is a saint but Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont's government being a selected one will increasingly lose credibility in the absence of a clear roadmap for the restoration of democracy. General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the coup leader and de facto ruler, promised to hold of the next general elections by October 2007 but no indications has so far been given either by General Sonthi or his proxy government.
II. Constitutional Tribunal: The Rubber Stamp
In a democracy, political parties are the means through which the aspirations and mandates of the electorate are represented. The Generals in Thailand have adopted a methodical approach to destroy the political parties.
After the coup, the military Generals first abrogated the 1997 Constitution and then imposed an Interim Constitution B.E. 2549 with a socalled Constitutional Tribunal. Thereafter they
Thereafter theyinstalled a socalled civilian government which filed petitions before the Constitutional Tribunal for dissolution of the Thai Rak Thai Party, Pattana Chart Thai Party, and Pandin Thai Party. The Constitutional Tribunal expectedly obliged and on 30 May 2007, it ordered dissolution of the Thai Rak Thai Party, the Pattana Chart Thai Party and the Pandin Thai Party. The
Among others, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the Thai Rak Thai did not have enough political ideology to remain as a political party and it had committed wrongdoings warranting dissolution; that the Thai Rak Thai-led government dissolved the House to help its party leader Thaksin Shinawatra over his personal problems; that Thaksin Shinawatra had power over party's ideology; that the political problem stemmed from the party leader's personal problems; that the Thai Rak Thai allowed the election to be abused as tool for the party leader to try to monopolise power; and that the party did not attach importance to elections and did not have political ideology to help the people to have well being as promised during election campaigns.
The order of the
It is a circus.
III. Southern Thailand crisis: The scoundrels' last refuge in Buddhism
Thaksin Shinawatra was rightly blamed for igniting the unrest in Southern Thailand through his hard-line polcies
Obviously not, if one is to go by sheer number of killings. According to The Nation, the daily average rate of killing has increased more than triple in six months between 19 September 2006 and 19 March 2007 i.e. from 1.6 people a day in 2006 to almost four per day. Over 400 people, roughly 19 per cent of the 2,100 people killed since January 2004, have died since the coup.
Since his assumption of the office on 1 October 2006, Prime Minister General (Retd) Surayud Chulanot visited the Southern region three times, the last being on 13 May 2007. He also apologised for Mr. Shinawatra's hard-line policies in an attempt to assuage the sentiments of the ethnic Malay muslims.
Contrary to the apparent reversal of Thaksin's policies by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, General (retd) Pallop Pinmanee, a self confessed assassin of the communists hired by the CIA, has been appointed as the special adviser to the Internal Security Operations Command to deal with Southern Thailand crisis. In
The appointment of General Pallop Pinmanee, who has been indicted by the Pattani Pronvincial Court and can be credited with reigniting the centuries-old conflict between Thai Buddhists and ethnic Malay Muslims, not only shows utter disregard for law and sentiments but also the lack of options for the military Generals.
Like all scoundrel dictators of Asia, the Generals of Thailand also sought the last refuge in Buddhist fundamentalism
What is equally unsettling is the silence of the West on denial of democracy in
To legitimse themselves, the only thing that the military junta in neighbouring What a lowering of standards!
What a lowering of standards!