Surayud copping plenty of criticism

16 01 2010

Interestingly, former unelected prime minister, army boss and now Privy Council No. 2 General Surayud Chulanont is getting plenty of negative attention in the media, and not just from red shirts. His refusal to give up the land that cost him 50,000 baht to the state until the Royal Forestry Department has finished its investigation is widely seen as inappropriate and damaging to him and the palace.

In the Bangkok Post (15 January 2010), in an article entitled “Surayud is damaging his own reputation,” the privy councilor was said to be “facing a leadership crisis over his occupation of forest reserve land at Khao Yai Thiang…”. Surayud is said to be under pressure and his “refusal places his image and role as a privy councillor in jeopardy.”

Author Anucha Charoenpo says that Surayud should not stubbornly think the red shirts politicization of the issue is “an excuse not to return the land to the state.” Anucha adds: “It is time he showed courage and told the public he would no longer occupy the land. This would go a long way to restoring faith in his leadership.” Too late perhaps.

The privy councilor’s refusal also puts pressure on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who tells all who will listen that his government is one that supports the rule of law and, rejecting accusations of double standards, says he works for all, equally. Surayud’s case is a beacon on the government’s double standards, and Abhisit is seeking a resolution within a week.

Abhisit’s meeting on Wednesday with Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda must have considered this festering sore.


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