In a recent post on the upcoming charter referendum, PPT stated: Expect celebrities, palace-connected personalities, Sino-Thai tycoons and “statesmen” to be mobilized as happy supporters of the military junta’s charter.
What we neglected to that list was the anti-democrat contingent.
The Bangkok Post reports that “Democrat deputy leader Ong-art Klampaibul cautioned the military regime on Sunday not to force the charter drafters to make any last-minute changes to the draft to keep what remains of its legitimacy intact.”
This initially sounds like a piece of opposition to the junta. But let’s look at this a bit more closely. All he says is that no more demands should be made. In this sense he is supporting the current draft charter, the junta’s charter.
He urged people “to focus on specific issues the CDC has tried to address.” He emphasized something he thought was about “rights and civil liberties, checks and balances between the legislature and the executive, mechanisms to reign in corruption and abuse of power, the balance of powers between the three branches and the groundwork for national reforms.”
Ong-art “called on all sides to put public interest before their own when discussing the constitution ahead of the referendum.” In other words, vote for the current draft charter, the junta’s charter.
He blathers about allowing “freedom of expression to guarantee the referendum outcome, no matter how it turns out, will be acceptable.” This is the start of the process of legitimizing an illegitimate charter, the junta’s charter.
Ong-art’s comments must have resonated with “Suriyasai Katasila, deputy dean of Rangsit University’s Social Innovation College…”. (The idea that Suriyasai is a dean of anything in a university is simply bizarre, but this is PAD’s Rangsit University, a hive of anti-democrat activism.)
He supports Ong-art’s view, urging a concentration on “core elements in the constitution,” not the plans for embedding military rule (what he calls “provisional clauses on ‘special mechanisms during the transitional period’…”.)
Expect more of this.