Korbsak: Political reform first

Thailand needs a reform and politicians are the main reason why the country is in a "traumatised" condition, according to Korbsak Sabhavasu, the former Democrat Party deputy leader.

Mr Korbsak on Saturday posted United States President Barack Obama's quote on his Facebook page, saying "We cannot keep doing the things we have been doing and expect a different result."

He said the country wanted Thai politicians who know better of what is right and what is wrong.

"If we still use the same process of electing politicians, the result will be the same," said Mr Korbsak, who was a deputy premier in the previous Democrat-led government.

National reform must begin with political reform first. New regulations should be put in place before the next general election, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 01:52 AM
Taz, I live beside you. or somewhere near to your adjacent vicinity. Who and which party occupying airport and some other properties of government and as well killing a lot of business in the demo? Was it done by red shirt? Do I say anything about the above as you mention?
Discussion 2 : 22/12/2013 at 11:39 PM
How about the trauma caused by Thaksin's armed insurrection attempt in 2010?
Discussion 3 : 22/12/2013 at 01:07 AM
He says the country is in a "tramatized" condition. It sure is and his party and their extremist protesting buddies have done it to us; PAD in the streets in 2006 that brought on the coup, PAD in the airports that brought on a parliamentary coup, PAD starting a border war with Cambodia that the dems were happy to engage in, and now PRDC in streets causing more problems.
Discussion 4 : 21/12/2013 at 03:12 PM
So political reform first ! What political reform ? I don't think anybody has any idea for reforms . Politicians need to have a sense of right or wrong , I don't think many people in Thailand consider right from wrong . If everybody does it , or former politicians did it , it is right . Wrongdoing is done by somebody else at every level of society . Every party hands out money to voters at election time , one might argue that the voters are corrupt for voting for the party of their choice and not that for which they were given money . I hear that politicians cream off a percentage from all major companies and industries ?
Discussion 5 : 21/12/2013 at 03:08 PM
What Thailand is missing are politicians that can accept the outcome of fair and square elections. What Mr Korbsak Sabhavasu is trying to shift is the balance that would allow the unpopular politicians having to worry less about elections and concentrating on how they will hold the people down when elected.
Discussion 6 : 21/12/2013 at 02:58 PM
How about some martial law to quell pt corruption + ponzi schemes
Discussion 7 : 21/12/2013 at 01:53 PM
Wherever one goes, s/he could see almost every Dem politician said and did the same thing in their objective. Conveniently enrich themselves first and then say something about the necessity of change and reform when they find that people have abandoned them and instead mandated another capable trustable party to rule. Look at them, their families are living happily with helps of government link and easily packable convenience to embellish their lives. People were use as tool to fight for their hidden struggle. Whole country was thrown into chaos and bewilderment by not working it out in parliament and accusing TS as evil who blocks their way.
Discussion 8 : 21/12/2013 at 01:44 PM
dandee, which planet do you reside? This was done and the reds came, camped out for several months, took over a huge part of Bangkok and killed a lot of businesses in the process, then burned Bangkok, and please, whose democracy do you talk about?
Discussion 9 : 21/12/2013 at 01:00 PM
Incredible. They are the so called elites and they just say: make the rice before and we will give you the rice cooker after. Afflicting an Thailand only.
Discussion 10 : 21/12/2013 at 12:43 PM
Of course PT in any guise did allow reforms... just the ones that enabled their boss to fill his pockets to the brim
Discussion 11 : 21/12/2013 at 12:38 PM
I love your objectivity.
Discussion 12 : 21/12/2013 at 12:28 PM
What do you know of these individuals? have you met and shared time with them to understand their drivers? Please share :)
Discussion 13 : 21/12/2013 at 12:25 PM
Hmmm....if I am not mistaken, the PTP, in one form or another, has been the majority leader in the government for many, many years. Obviously, that party hasn't been interested in reform. History proves this.
Discussion 14 : 21/12/2013 at 12:18 PM
As opposition you guys are not doing your duty in august house as workable opposition to check on the government. If the government needs to be changed for good, do it in the law-maker house, don't try to distort it out side parliament and gripe the power to rule. The hidden agenda of the demo of rubbish claiming for national reform is hoping the military to step in the launch another coup for you take over the ruling power to rule without having the trouble to go through election. Thailand was spoiled just because you people do the wrong politic and abuse democracy. Get to the election, let people decide which party suit them to rule.
Discussion 15 : 21/12/2013 at 12:14 PM
Thailand cannot continue indefinitely without a parliament, to be buffeted by ever changing demands of street protesters. Let the political parties submit their programmes for reform in political manifestos, committing themselves to participate in the reform according to their elected representation. Hold the election on 2nd February; it is the democratic right of the people to express their voice at this stage, not to be presented with a reform constructed by whatever group can shout the loudest.
Discussion 16 : 21/12/2013 at 12:14 PM
How is it all these people who were / are in Power suddenly have all the answers?
Discussion 17 : 21/12/2013 at 12:13 PM
1.) What reforms are we talking about and what is their priority? 2.) Where are the detailled plans for the "reforms" needed? 3.) Where is the detailled schedule to implement them and how will they improve/impact people's daily life? ? There are many other unresponded questions. I am afraid nothing will change in Thailand regardless the government.
Discussion 18 : 21/12/2013 at 12:04 PM
"If we still use the same process of electing politicians, the result will be the same," said Mr Korbsak, who was a deputy premier in the previous Democrat-led government.... You are spot on Mr. KS. I also read ... insanity is defined as completing the same task and expect a different outcome. My humble consideration is in line with Mr. KS.... Rock on
Discussion 19 : 21/12/2013 at 12:04 PM
Where are the DEMs whem the PTP led government initiated the reform forum? We know they went round the country criticising reform and unity initiatives. Now they demand forum @nd trying to use it to cover up their wrong doings discovered by the government
Discussion 20 : 21/12/2013 at 12:03 PM
Thailand cannot continue indefinitely without a parliament, to be buffeted by ever changing demands of street protests. Let political parties propose their programmes for reform as political manifestos and declare a commitment to undertake them according to their elected representation. It is the democratic right of the people to be consulted now, in a 2nd February election, rather than being presented with a finished product fabricated by those who can shout loudest.
Discussion 21 : 21/12/2013 at 12:00 PM
"He said the country wanted Thai politicians who know better of what is right and what is wrong." I suppose Mr Korbsak includes himself and the Democrat's party members in this category of politicians...
Discussion 22 : 21/12/2013 at 11:58 AM
My dear truethai, when PT is in power, why doesn'tyour party allow political reform? Thailand doesn't need such a hypocrite government.
Discussion 23 : 21/12/2013 at 11:52 AM
Reform is definitely needed before the next election, but not in the direction of some rubbish people's council. There needs to reforms in law enforcement so politicians can be held accountable for their actions. We are just repeating history again when the PTP wins another round of election next year, corruption will continue, debts will pile up. Pro-govt will continue to point fingers at "sore losers" and "rich vs poor", creating more red villages and creating more divide in the nation.
Discussion 24 : 21/12/2013 at 11:51 AM
well said and at the heart of the problems also,if pt was sincere in reform and clean up their act,then they can join,otherwise they will be the outcast of true democracy,but also the polling station need to be scrutinize and observe in all areas ,by an independent body
Discussion 25 : 21/12/2013 at 11:41 AM
My dear Korbsak, when Demoncrat was in power, why didn't your party go for political reform? Thailand doesn't need such a hypocrite opposition.

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