Abhisit whitewashes the military coup

22 12 2012

As if to confirm the point PPT made in an earlier post, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is reported to have stated: “If Section 309 isn’t altered the Democrat Party has no problem…”. PPT has no doubt that the “no problem” bit is a lie. As we noted earlier, PPT expects endless legal and constitutional challenges to every step taken by Puea Thai. However, the emphasis placed on Article 309 is clear evidence of the significance of this article for the royalists.

Abhisit believes that “the government’s bid for a charter rewrite” is essentially an attempt to “whitewash deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.” He added that: “Pheu Thai’s sole purpose was to alter Section 309 of the 2007 charter, which deals with the actions of the 2006 coup-makers who overthrew Thaksin.”

In fact, Abhisit’s pathological focus on Thaksin and Article 309 is merely an attempt to whitewash the military coup as a legitimate means of political change and of getting rid of elected governments.

This was affirmed when Abhisit “rejected a government suggestion that he thoroughly study a proposed referendum on charter amendments before calling for a public boycott.” Abhisit said he doesn’t need to study anything because “he could easily guess the questions to be put forward.” He then issued a warning and threat: “The public will be asked if they want a new charter to be drafted. It is what the government wants. If the matter is allowed to proceed, conflicts will expand…”.

In line with that threat, Abhisit demanded that “the government should withdraw the charter amendment bill and call off its bid to hold the referendum.”

CardsPPT has a resident political fortune teller with us, and he tells us that he could easily foresee the nature of this threat: expect rough-house tactics by the so-called Democrat Party in parliament, lies about the referendum, street demonstrations, claims that the status of the monarchy is under threat by claiming a republican plot, and calls for a military coup. Our soothsayer also predicts mainstream media attempt to support royalists, legal challenges and possible occupation of significant buildings.

The article in the Post also refers to the government’s policy platform on constitutional change. Like others, PPT had neglected this state, so we include it here. It was delivered by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to the National Assembly on 23 August 2011.


Clearly, the royalist Constitutional Court has caused a rethink, yet the notion of a referendum was in the Puea Thai government’s policy. Voters know that it was a central element of the Puea Thai Party’s election campaigning.

Abhisit is not one to pay much attention to the voice of the people. As a born and bred member of the royalist elite, his track record is to only to accept popular votes when his side wins them. His call for a public boycott of any referendum is only his first card. He has plenty more to play, and the royalist deck is always stacked against Puea Thai, aces low, and kings queens and other knaves trumping all.

Constitutional change

22 12 2012

A Puea Thai Party committee chaired by Thaksin Shinawatra lawyer and former foreign minister Noppadon Pattama has reportedly “reached a clear position that it will proceed with a public referendum [on a charter rewrite] while the section-by-section charter amendment proposal will be shelved.”

The decision to proceed with rewriting the junta’s constitution is generally in line with promises made to voters during the last election campaign and in the lead-up to the election in 2007. Kowtowing to the royalist Constitutional Court on a referendum is unnecessarily supine in constitutional terms, but the idea of garnering voter support forĀ  a rewrite is likely considered a necessary political device given that the opposition forces arranged in royalist alliance needs to be neutralized. That said, the royalist track record is only to accept popular votes when they win them, and PPT expects endless legal and constitutional challenges to every step taken by Puea Thai.

Article 309Noppadon’s claim that “the government’s campaign was not aimed at altering Section 309 of the 2007 charter, which legalised the actions of the military coup-makers who overthrew Thaksin in 2006” seems also unnecessarily coy. Whether Thaksin is a target of this section or not is hardly the point, for this section makes every action by a bunch of military thugs, throwing out the 1997 constitution, legal. This is an article that really does need to be scrapped if the military coup is ever going to be consigned to Thailand’s historical trashcan/dustbin.

Meanwhile, it is reported that a “large number of red-shirt activists began gathering on Saturday at the Bonanza resort near Khao Yai to voice their support for constitutional change.” This event kind of marks the beginning of referendum campaigning.

Speakers will include Thaksin phoning in and Korkaew Pikulthong, recently released from prison where he had been held as a political prisoner by royalists courts. His release was required as parliament returns and a sitting MP has immunity when parliament sits.

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