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Thais disgusted by fights in House, political games

Posted by Rattana_S On September - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Most respondents to a survey – about 89 per cent – regard recent fights in the Parliament as most unacceptable political games, and say such events make them lose faith in politicians.

The survey, entitled “the unacceptable political game”, was conducted from Tuesday till yesterday among 1,288 respondents.

Results of the poll released yesterday indicated a second “game” seen as unacceptable by 67 per cent of respondents was the “use of large crowds” for protests, as there was the risk of people being exploited in a political way or being harmed.

The third “game” disliked by 63 per cent was political actions done solely for the benefit of parties, which ignore the people’s needs. The fourth “game” was slinging “mud” at rivals, which 59 per cent found dirty and disgraceful.

Favouritism was the fifth issue of concern, disliked by 55 per cent of respondents, while about 54 per cent voiced concern over corruption and election fraud.

Abhisit’s ‘stupid woman’ remark upsets cousin

Posted by Rattana_S On September - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has upset his cousin in the government by talking about a “stupid woman” during an address on Saturday to a large group of Democrat Party supporters.

But the Democrat leader yesterday denied allegations in some media that his remark was tantamount to looking down on women in general.

During his address at a school in Yan Nawa in Bangkok, Abhisit mentioned the Smart Lady reality-show contest – a project under the government’s Thai Women Empowerment Fund. He joked that it was unlikely they would hold a contest for stupid women.

“The prime minister has often evaded [national] problems. I don’t know what she did over the past week in the country. Just this morning, there was news that she did some project called Smart Lady,” Abhisit said. “I wondered why they have to search for smart women and hold this contest for clever women. They said if there was a contest to find a stupid woman, nobody would be able to compete.”

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra presided on Friday over the launch of the Smart Lady Thailand reality show, in which the final 12 contestants have to show leadership and teamwork skills.

The PM’s secretary-general, Suranand Vejjajiva, who is Abhisit’s cousin, has sent an e-mail to Thai media strongly criticising the opposition leader for his remark.

Suranand said the Democrat Party should consider what it did for women when it was in power. “They seem to be busy insulting or looking down on women,” he said, adding that many countries now have women leaders.

He also urged opposition politicians to be careful about their choice of words. “It’s because their words will be judged by people to determine who is clever or stupid.”

Suranand is accompanying the PM on a European tour to Switzerland, Italy and Montenegro from September 8 to 15.

Abhisit ready for meeting on reform

Posted by Rattana_S On September - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The opposition Democrat Party is ready to hold talks with the prime minister’s representative on political reform, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

“I’m ready to talk with Banharn [Silpa-archa] if he contacts me. I will tell him the root cause of the problems which, in fact, have come from the government itself. And the government has to end the conflicts,” Abhisit said.

Former PM and chief adviser of Chart Thai Pattana Party Banharn Silpa-archa was assigned by Yingluck Shinnawatra on Sunday to be responsible for the national reform council. He will now serve as the coordinator of the national reform initiative, responsible for pushing for the creation of a roadmap for politics, economy and society.

Banharn earlier said he will be meeting leaders of the opposition Democrat Party, yellow-shirt co-leader Sondhi Limthongkul as well as senior public figures such as Prawase Wasi to brief them on the reform roadmap when he returns from a trip to China on September 6.

However, Abhisit said the government lacks sincerity in tackling reform because it has allowed corruption and divisions to take place in society. Moreover, it has failed to listen to the opinions of civic groups but instead opted to listen to old politicians.

Abhisit ready for meeting on reform

Posted by Rattana_S On August - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The opposition Democrat Party is ready to hold talks with the prime minister’s representative on political reform, party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

“I’m ready to talk with Banharn [Silpa-archa] if he contacts me. I will tell him the root cause of the problems which, in fact, have come from the government itself. And the government has to end the conflicts,” Abhisit said.

Former PM and chief adviser of Chart Thai Pattana Party Banharn Silpa-archa was assigned by Yingluck Shinnawatra on Sunday to be responsible for the national reform council. He will now serve as the coordinator of the national reform initiative, responsible for pushing for the creation of a roadmap for politics, economy and society.

Banharn earlier said he will be meeting leaders of the opposition Democrat Party, yellow-shirt co-leader Sondhi Limthongkul as well as senior public figures such as Prawase Wasi to brief them on the reform roadmap when he returns from a trip to China on September 6.

However, Abhisit said the government lacks sincerity in tackling reform because it has allowed corruption and divisions to take place in society. Moreover, it has failed to listen to the opinions of civic groups but instead opted to listen to old politicians.

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