The Nation



Overcoming reform council doubts

The anti-government protesters rightfully pour scorn on Yingluck's proposal for a national reform council, because Yingluck has had several chances to foster reconciliation and reform but done nothing.

For example, the Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand, chaired by Kanit Na Nakorn, recommended that she reconsider the increasingly harsh punishments dealt out for lese-majeste offences and eventually amend the law (which would be in keeping with His Majesty the King's specific request). Yet, since she came to power, the number of such cases has dramatically increased. The commission also recommended that the government "not [accelerate] efforts to rewrite the Constitution" and emphasised the need for public participation in any such efforts - but she tried to ram through the amnesty law at 4.30am, against a solid wall of opposition.

As a wise man said, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Yingluck, let your acts show that you now adhere to the rule of law by (1) cancelling your brother's Thai passport and (2) ordering Foreign Minister Surapong to request Dubai or others to take Thaksin into immediate custody and deport him.

Burin Kantabutra


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