Dems to go ahead with reform push

After the decision to boycott the Feb 2 election, the Democrat Party will continue to push for reforms by holding forums in the provinces to get the opinions of the people for a blueprint, party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said on Sunday.

Mr Chavanond said the election boycott decision was the most decisive ever for the party because all members were aware they would not be able to perform the duty of the people's representatives - a career they all loved.

From now on the party would go ahead with pushing for reforms by travelling to various provinces to hold forums to draw the opinions of the people and compile a "Thailand reform blueprint".

Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva had assigned former Nakhon Si Thammarat MP Chinnaworn Boonyakiat to take this responsibility.

"Although the party is boycotting the election by not fielding a candidate, we will not obstruct it," Mr Chavanond said.

On the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Jatuporn Prompan's prediction that the boycott would cause more Democrat members to resign, Mr Chavanond said several former government and opposition MPs showed their intention of joining the party on the day it declared the boycott.

"We welcome those who want to join us and will not condemn those who want to leave the party. It will be good for us to see who among the existing politicians wants to extend the life of the Thaksin regime and failed politics," Mr Chavanond said.

Ong-art Klampaiboon, an acting deputy leader, said the Pheu Thai Party, in proposing the setting up of a people's reform council after the election, was only using the word "reform" to win legitimacy and continue with the election in the hope of returning to power and again push for an amnesty bill.

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Discussion 1 : 23/12/2013 at 01:29 AM
@Bangon - About 4-5 moths ago, Caretaker PM YS initiated the reform and unity forums but the DEM rejected them. The agenda is on peace, progress and prosperity of Thailand. The DEM does not need to be destroy by PTP, they destroy themselves. PTP does not destroy meaningful opposition. In fact, on many occasions it publicly welcome constructive criticism and opinions. Those who live in a 'victim mentality world' see others as problems and blame everything and everyone except themselves.
Discussion 2 : 23/12/2013 at 01:14 AM
When the government initiated reforms, they went around the country criticizing reform and unity. All of a sudden, the DEM started to talk about reform. They can't even reform the party and they want to talk about national reform.
Discussion 3 : 22/12/2013 at 07:11 PM
They have been shedding credibility for at least the last 12 years. There is very little left for them to lose
Discussion 4 : 22/12/2013 at 06:56 PM
The PT uses " only the word "reform" to win legitimacy "... Exactly as the Democrats and the protesters do but without legitimacy. They just hope the military again will give them the Gvt against the majority of the Thai people.
Discussion 5 : 22/12/2013 at 06:12 PM
Oh, so you want to keep Thaksin in politics!? Might be one, short, step backward, enabling two big strides forward, soon after, in the right direction, but, IMHO Thaksin, the Shinawt(ra)s and allied families must be dealt with once and for all. Yes, it would be 'undemocratic', but their rise was 'undemocratic', their use of power was and is 'undemocratic', and their goals are 'undemocratic', so? 'One can not overwin evil with good words only'! (Some other 'Thai-chinese merchants''families, and 'old ammart' families will need to be 'invited' to stay aside in the future too)
Discussion 6 : 22/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
It is all very well to talk about reform , but the Democrat party will have no platform to implement it . Suthep and his Peoples council have no political powers and neither do the Democrats . All factions should be getting together otherwise nothing will be achieved .
Discussion 7 : 22/12/2013 at 05:53 PM
Do you honestly think pouring the same wine in different cups would change anything? Or do you think important changes and major reforms are not highly needed? When you'd speak about an all new party ('social democrats'?), with new (totally un-corrupt) faces, and a simple, clear (and binding!) progamm, I'd think you'd point in the right direction, but TiT...
Discussion 8 : 22/12/2013 at 05:44 PM
As you seem to be so close to PT, could I return the question to you: what is PT's agenda, the peacefull reform(s) they propose, to avoid more/ resolve conflicts? Isn't PT attempting to destruct any meaningfull opposition, and why? What would make PT relevant as a political party within a 'democratic' context?
Discussion 9 : 22/12/2013 at 04:57 PM
when are we going to hear the clear reforms the dems want to put in place that will keep thaksin out of politics, i dont think it can be done unless u want thailand going backwoods not forward
Discussion 10 : 22/12/2013 at 04:56 PM
Pheu Thai should also invite moderate Democrats over to join them. I bet they're closer to PT than Suthep's & Abhisits dictatorship at this point. Grow to form a unity party spanning all provinces.
Discussion 11 : 22/12/2013 at 04:54 PM
What is the Democrat party thinking? They are losing all their credibility. First they disband themselves by saying they will not stand in an election (because they will maybe lose?) Then they reject out of hand the governments proposal to include them in peoples reform councils post election. What is their agenda anyway? It is not clear that they want peaceful reform or just more conflict so they can regain power for themselves by any means. Parties like this who choose to self destruct deserve what they will get: irrelevance. Good thing is now there is a chance for more parties to emerge to fill the void if Thais want democracy
Discussion 12 : 22/12/2013 at 04:50 PM
Thats democracy, freedom of choice. The gap now is as wide as the grand canyon.
Discussion 13 : 22/12/2013 at 04:26 PM
By tomorrow, we will see just how many Dem MPs will stand for election as independent candidates. The fault line is getting wider in the party.

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