Skye address shows Thaksin orders, Pheu Thai follows
Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's address to Pheu Thai Party via Skype on Monday once again proved that he is the top boss, something that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been consistently denying, at least in public.
Thaksin spoke on a number of topics, from personal to political issues, in a manner that shows he is in full command. His direct orders to the Pheu Thai Party were a testimony to the fact that it is he who calls the shots in the government and the ruling party.
During his address, he instructed the party to push for charter amendment, especially the provisions related to party dissolution, and also table the amnesty bills.
Thaksin said MPs and senators should not waste time but amend some Articles such as Article 68 on party dissolution and Article 190, which requires parliamentary approval for agreement with a foreign country. "When an amendment of these laws is being deliberated, MPs must ensure they attend House meetings. Whoever is responsible for a lack of quorum in Parliament will face an allowance cut,'' he warned.
Both articles authorise Constitution Court to rule in problematic cases.
Thaksin also ordered ministers to clarify against allegations that he owns a massive number of PTT shares, saying the allegation is not true because PTT is a truly public company.
Thaksin also touched on the current controversial issue of the government seeking to raise Bt2.2 trillion for infrastructure development. He told the government to clearly point out to the public that they would benefit from the country's infrastructure development, for which the government needs loans. He asked them to point out the benefits of mass-transit systems linking neighbouring countries like China and having high-speed trains linking such remote Northeastern provinces as Nong Khai.
"The Democrats will definitely stage an all-out war against the move to get the loan. They are attacking us with judo-like strategies while we do not know how to defend ourselves. We must have knowledge as our weapon,'' he said.