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Myanmar commander hails Thailand’s coup

Posted by pakin On July - 7 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief General Min Aung Hlaing today made Thailand and Myanmar become the same type, praising the ruling junta of doing the right job to protect national security and people safety.

During a meeting with Thai Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn who is a deputy leader of the National Council for Pace and Order (NCPO) today, Ming Aung Hlaing said that the Tatmadaw (Myanmar armed forces) had similar experience, but worse in 1988.

In 1988, Myanmar students staged an uprising against military dictator regime of General Ne Win, which ended up with bloody military crackdown and a coup to take control over the country.

Myanmar junta known as State Law and Order Restoration Council and later changed to State Peace and Development Council – ruled Myanmar since then until 2010 when an election brought quasimilitary administration into power.

“The Army’s key mission is to safeguard national security and public safety,” Min Aung Hlaing reportedly told Tanasak. After considering the NCPO’s roadmap, aimed at achieving reconciliation and national reform, he was confident it would definitely succeed.

To his counterpart, Thanasak said that the military ties between Thailand and Myanmar would be strengthened.

“The bilateral military cooperation would be maintained, concerning measures to deal with border conflicts as well as joint training,” Thanasak said. He also expressed supports joint economic development between the two countries, which are both Asean members.

Thanasak also told the Myanmar counterpart that Thailand would ensure protection to Myanmar nationals now working in the kingdom in accordance with this country’s laws. Last month, a large number of Myanmar workers here were fleeing Thailand or hiding for fear of arrest, following the NCPO’s move to punish illegal labour.

Today’s visit followed the one in 2013, when the general met then Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Then, he said the relations between Thailand and Myanmar are at their most cordial in the history of ties between the two countries.

The Thai military junta staged the coup on May 22 and planned to maintain the tight grip until the next election, which could be held in October 2015. The junta recently announced that the provisional Constitution would be enforced soon. While the Thai Army’s power strengthens, Myanmar’s armed forces have witnessed intensifying public resentment.

The National League for Democracy’s campaign has won over 3 million signatures from people who supported the charter amendment, which would weaken the Tatmadaw’s influence in politics.

Min Aung Hlaing also met NCPO leader Prayuth Chan-ocha and made a courtesy call to and lunched with Chief of Privy Council General Prem Tinsulanonda who reportedly regarded the Myanmar commander as his son. Prem had close relation with Min Aung Hlaing’s father when he was the Thai army commander in late 1970s. Min Aung Hlaing, who asked Prem to adopt him as a son when firstly met in 2012, called the chief of privy council time to time over the past years whenever he was in Thailand.

BANGKOK, April 23 — Constitutional Court on Wednesday approved caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck’s request for a 15-day extension to defend herself on the controversial transfer of Thawil Pleansri from his position as National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General to an inactive post.

The Constitutional Court earlier told Ms Yingluck to present evidence to defend herself in the case on April 18 but her legal team asked the Court for a 15-day extension, saying that she needed more time to prepare her testimony.

The Court today agreed to give Ms Yingluck another 15 days, from April 18 to May 2.

Apart from Ms Yingluck, the Court has also ordered testimony from more witnesses, including appointed senator Paibul Nititawan who filed the petition, Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree, former national police chief and former NSC chief, and Mr Thawil himself.

The three witnesses were considered by the Court as stakeholders and were ordered to testify on May 6.

After Mr Thawil was transferred, Ms Yingluck appointed Gen Wichean to the post. Gen Wichean was later transferred to become permanent secretary of the Transport Ministry and Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanatabut was promoted from NSC deputy secretary general to become the agency’s head.

A group of senators led by Mr Paibooon petitioned to Court to consider termination of Ms Yingluck’s positions in accordance with Article 182 (7) and Article 268, following the Supreme Administrative Court’s ruling on Mr Thawil’s reinstatement as NSC Secretary-General since the transfer in 2011 was done in an unlawful manner.

The Court rejected Ms Yingluck’s request for three witnesses–Pol Gen Kovit Wattana, former deputy prime minister; Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung and Pol Gen Achirawit Supanpesat, former deputy police chief.

The Court said the three were irrelevant to the case. (MCOT online news)

CHIANG MAI, April 13 — Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, accompanied by her son, gave alms offerings to 109 monks to mark the Thai traditional New Year of Songkran at Tha Phae Gate in the northern province of Chiang Mai.
Ms Yingluck then presided over the opening ceremony of the Chiang Mai Lanna New Year celebration 2014 in the famous northern resort province, one of the most popular destinations for tourists to celebrate Songkran.
Ms Yingluck wished for all Thais to have happiness on this occassion. (MCOT online news)

Yingluck and Suthep, the pair we most want to drench

Posted by Rattana_S On April - 13 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban are the female and male politicians people would most like to have a water fight with during Songkran, a Suan Dusit Poll has found.

The poll, conducted on 1,514 people from April 8-11, also found that the most popular places to celebrate Songkran were Khao San Road and Silom in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Chon Buri.

Well over half (67 per cent) said this Songkran would be as much fun as the previous year while 25 per cent expected it to be better.

When asked what male politician they would most like to have a water fight with, 46 per cent named Suthep, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general, followed by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (41 per cent) and former premier Thaksin Shinawatra (13 per cent).

In the female politician category, 75 per cent said Yingluck followed by Pavena Hongsakul (18 per cent) and Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan (7 per cent).

Asked if the political conflict would affect the Songkran Festival, 65 per cent of the respondents said it would, including affecting the general atmosphere, people’s mentality and feeling of safety as well as the economy, while 35 per cent said it would not.