Puppet NLA and the junta’s “work”

24 02 2019

The Bangkok Post reports that the puppet National Legislative Assembly will continue to do the military junta’s work “until May 23, nearly two months after the election and a day before the new parliament is expected to convene.”

Not a day wasted by the military dictatorship! At least not in doing the junta’s work. In fact, though, on fat salaries, junta appointees to the NLA have been moving pretty slowly over the years of their unelected tenure:

iLaw noted the NLA has sped up passing bills since late last year. From Jan 18 to Feb 18, it passed 66 bills, or 2.5 a day, compared with 12.1 per month (in four months) in 2014, 7.5 in 2015, 6.1 in 2016, 4.8 in 2017 and 6 bills a month in 2018.

If the junta’s party doesn’t “win” the rigged election, then the next government will have a devil of a time sorting through and undoing the worst of the junta’s legislation.

As reported some time ago, this “work” is being done even when the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary has grabbed back the parliament building. This means that the NLA “will then have to gather at temporary meeting sites as construction is still continuing on the new Parliament buildings…” is incomplete.

Clearly the work of parliament is far less important that royal land grabbing.

As a footnote, it is added that “[i]f the new parliament building is still not available by May, newly elected legislators will also have to use the TOT facility at a monthly rate of 1 million baht.”


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12 03 2019
Torture, impunity | Political Prisoners of Thailand

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