Officials say talks, not votes, will end crisis

Talks on political reforms are needed to solve the political crisis, top state officials say.

Elections called for Feb 2 will not be enough to end the standoff, the nation's bureaucratic elite said on Wednesday.

"All stakeholders should first initiate a dialogue and make a public commitment to push for political reforms which would help the country avert a similar crisis," they said in a statement.

The meeting, which took place at the Office of the Civil Service Commission in Nonthaburi, was reportedly arranged on Tuesday evening.

It was led by the permanent secretary to PM's Office Minister Tongthong Chandransu, cabinet secretary-general Ampon Kitti-ampon and Council of State secretary-general Chukiat Rattanachaicharn.

A source said the meeting was organised to discuss their concerns about the political situation and make sure state officials understand what they can and cannot do while a new government is not yet in place.

They also emphasised that the constitutional monarchy was best for Thailand and called on government officials to follow His Majesty the King's advice in doing their jobs.

According to the source, Mr Tongthong wrote the meeting summary, read it out at the meeting and asked them to help polish the statement.

Meanwhile, a coalition of seven private organisations led by the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) on Wednesday decided to take action to help ease the crisis.

Vice-chairman of the TCC Vichai Assarasakorn said the coalition would hold its first session tomorrow to formulate possible political reforms.

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Discussion 1 : 12/12/2013 at 10:25 AM
To look for national betterment and improvement are much important than anything such as grips of political power for personal political gains. Politicians able to fight up to be appointed as candidate to field contest seeking for people vote to be elected as representative in august house must at least try to do something to uplift commoners' standard of living as obligation of as a law-maker duty. Otherwise, what kind of reformation is talking about? Less educated farmers and rubber tapers are still as poor as before. Nothing has changed on them. Merely political elites get the bigger share of national wealth and enjoy better life.
Discussion 2 : 12/12/2013 at 10:03 AM
ThaiPBS is currently running some educational commercials against corruption. A positive step in the right direction.
Discussion 3 : 12/12/2013 at 08:49 AM
However they reform the system, the people who operate it will still be the same corrupt people who will just look for and find ways to circumvent the reforms and get their way. Money can buy pretty well anyone nowadays. Apart from having continuous education in schools and on TV about the effects of corruption, there need to be severe punishments and a reformed police force to stop corruption and to stop politicians breaking the rules, and the dismantling of the feudal system. So many reforms are needed. But draconian punishments with no political immunity are definitely needed too.
Discussion 4 : 12/12/2013 at 07:27 AM
More talks? Like the behind the scenes talks with some 'VIPs' on agreement to have a blanket amnesty bill and amending the makeup of the senators that eventually fall into the hand of the lawlessness?
Discussion 5 : 12/12/2013 at 06:34 AM
This should be conducted by independent bodies and ordinary people&leaders across nation without politicians' influence. The government should be small, lean, agile with no red tapes, and no corruption opportunities.
Discussion 6 : 12/12/2013 at 05:56 AM
Courts and independant organizations cannot be staffed with a political bias for a start.
Discussion 7 : 12/12/2013 at 03:17 AM
This country already has much too much bureaucracy and sure does not need a bureaucratic elite - the amount of bureaucracy needs reform and must be reduced drastically. All groups participating in the Feb election are well aware that the country needs reforms and a new constitution with compulsory referendum for the people. This, however, can only be achieved constitutionally with a new Government and Parliament after the election. Nobody can just have what he wants, there is no Xmas day and it sure cannot work based on the uncostitutional obsession of a self-proclaimed fanatic.

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