PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha does not need to appear on a television programme to discuss political reconciliation as suggested by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, Deputy Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
Sansern said the Centre for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR) had wanted to invite all parties for exchange of views on reform and reconciliation.
“If the PM has to take part in every function, he may not have time to do other things,’’ he said.
He dismissed that having Prayut join the programme would create a better political atmosphere for the country.
“It depends on what topic other people who join the discussion would pick. For instance, how they view education reform? What they think are the government’s shortfalls in drafting policies?’’ he said.
He added that the discussion would not focus on political conflicts since the CRR aimed to create a reconciliation atmosphere.
He said it was possible students with different views from the government would be invited to join the programme.
“Students are the country’s future. The government gives opportunities to students to adjust themselves and society should not punish them,’’ he said.
Sansern said what the government feared was it posing questions that students could not answer, and as a result society may view them or the government in a bad light.
“Students only talk about symbolic issues. They have lost touch with reality. The government will have to think hard about having the students join the discussion panel because society may see the government as attempting to revile the students,’’ he said.
He said the government was not concerned about the students’ stance to “fight for democracy”.
“The students must rethink what they are fighting for. If they said democracy … before May 22 [2014, the coup date] the country was democratic – did democracy solve the country’s problems?’’ he said.
“Since the court had sympathy for the students, if the students cross the line they have to answer the public over what else they want since society has already given them a chance,’’ he said.