'We'll put our house in order, our way'

Former foreign minister Kasit Piromya tells the international community that Thai people are fighting for a "democratic" Thailand, and calls on the West to support the anti-government movement.

Mr Kasit, who served as foreign minister in the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration, wrote an opinion piece on Thailand's political situation on Al Jazeera news website, saying the Thai people "want to live with governance, transparency, and accountability" and "not under a Mubarak or a Marcos".

The former diplomat also questioned Western governments' support for caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government, and said elections alone would not bring about true democracy.

He said the country should undergo reform first, before the country goes to the polling booths.

"A sensible government would not hold an election when the country is in an uproar and the people are against it," he concluded.

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Discussion 1 : 25/12/2013 at 02:31 PM
I can vouch that things have only got worse since Thaksin. I believe the old adage is "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely".
Discussion 2 : 25/12/2013 at 01:22 PM
What about those who pay land ownership tax?
Discussion 3 : 25/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
People with different ethnic origins, or religions, educated or not, rich or poor the list goes on and on. Everyone should have a vote. If you want to persecute someone and take away their vote then think hard about this. One day they may put your group on a list and take you away, vote or no vote, tax payer or not. Maybe just because you __________. (insert anything)
Discussion 4 : 25/12/2013 at 10:28 AM
A man of unpatriotic. Selfness is his psychological illness. I was stuck at the airport at that moment. My vacation and business appointment were ruined.
Discussion 5 : 25/12/2013 at 09:39 AM
US gives aid so they can station their troops here. China gives aid so they can make money off of Thailand and extend their influence. All the good intentions said and sign for on paper are lost once the money change hands, its all down to corruption among politicians again. Foreign government could care less how those good intentions turn out. If they did, Thailand wouldn't be like this regarding to the billions they received for social and economic developments.
Discussion 6 : 25/12/2013 at 08:42 AM
That's a bit harsh. Folowing your logic to the ultimate conclusion, you would not allow wives of workers to vote. I remember being without work back in my old homeland for quite a while and having to get the "dole" until I got a new job. It was not a pleasant experience and you would deprive me of my right to vote at the same time.
Discussion 7 : 25/12/2013 at 01:44 AM
Mr Kasit was a PAD leader who took over the airport in 2008.
Discussion 8 : 25/12/2013 at 01:09 AM
tansri "But what right does he have to represent Thai people. " It's call democracy when one can speak their mind. .
Discussion 9 : 24/12/2013 at 10:49 PM
Railways ,education ,water management and green energy ,Lets see what eventuates from this then .More derailments ,students who cant use objective reasoning ,more flooding and less recycling i assume .
Discussion 10 : 24/12/2013 at 09:53 PM
I'm not surprised that Obama would support the Shinawatra regime. He bought both his elections with cell phones, promises, and lies to the underclass. Now his "Affordable" health care act is about to destroy the U.S. Thailand should set an example for the world and only allow the people that pay income tax vote. Anyone that accepts money from the government (tax payers) whether it is welfare or price supports should not be allowed to vote.
Discussion 11 : 24/12/2013 at 09:23 PM
Thailand received $16.75m USD in direct aid from the US alone last year, not counting military aid and assistance, AND China will help Thailand improve its railways, water management, green energy, and education systems as part of a bilateral strategic partnership. That gives foreign governments a huge stake in Thailand.
Discussion 12 : 24/12/2013 at 07:12 PM
Nui - I agree 100%.......Sengkeo - I agree 100%..........Contrarian not disagree 100%.....At least the coup-mongers are not ambiguous...One knows exactly where they are coming from...in this case including the above noted commenters.....Their anti-democracy impulses are there for all to see...Including this by Kasit, claiming "Thai people" will do it their way...Actually he means the PDRC will do it their way, not the Thai people.....
Discussion 13 : 24/12/2013 at 05:26 PM
So what right has Taksin to comment too besides all the other reds out on bail?
Discussion 14 : 24/12/2013 at 05:26 PM
I have lived here for 19 years and believe me, things were even worse before Thaksin came in. The South (Dem Stonghold) is the worst part of the country still as nobody has ever been allowed to investigate anything. Read our Phuket Papers before you come out with statements like that. There are institutions in this county that operate unchecked under either red or yellow Gov. Hard truth for most Falangs is that Thaksin IS popular and was respected by Westerners for his Business acumen. Where he fell foul of the Westerners was with his social order policies. These being enforced closing times & trying to end pole dancing.
Discussion 15 : 24/12/2013 at 05:25 PM
I agree 100 percent
Discussion 16 : 24/12/2013 at 05:23 PM
Most politicians in Thailand are corrupted, whatever party they belong, be it DP or PT... Foreign governments and expats won't buy Mr Kasit's grievances, since basically, it's the fight between one corrupted camp (using the protest) to fight against another bigger corrupted camp in the goal to seize power. We are not blind Mr Kasit....
Discussion 17 : 24/12/2013 at 03:16 PM
I'm sure the international community are well aware of the situation and what is what. Unless I am mistaken their take is the democratic process under the constitution and they support elections so the people can choose their government.
Discussion 18 : 24/12/2013 at 03:13 PM
Western governments should stay neutral as we have no right here in Thailand .He should also understand that boycotting elections because you cant win is just wrong .
Discussion 19 : 24/12/2013 at 02:58 PM
The Thais want to live under transparency and accountability these words are foreign to Thai people, I have lived hear for 7 years and the only thing I have ever seen is bribery and corruption, all one has to do is read the Bangkok posts big story;s over the last year and then read the comments on these story's all the answers to fixing Thailand's problems are there in the readers comments, the sad fact is nothing will change, happy Christmas to everyone.
Discussion 20 : 24/12/2013 at 02:57 PM
The fact that no foreign governments side with the protesters telling. And no, they can't be bullied into supporting the anti government movement.
Discussion 21 : 24/12/2013 at 02:53 PM
I would think so with the first part of Mr. Kasit's quote. But what right does he have to represent Thai people. He is no longer an elected MP. His Party is boycotting a general election, a sole instrument in democracy system for people to vote who should represent them.
Discussion 22 : 24/12/2013 at 02:51 PM
I agree 100 percent.
Discussion 23 : 24/12/2013 at 02:39 PM
Kasit is right. Mere election cannot solve the problem of Thai. But, one may wonder, few people expect other a lot more of government supporter to listen to them. This is the problem.
Discussion 24 : 24/12/2013 at 02:39 PM
The international community is not that stupid, for one thing,how can you fight one corrupt man, against another corrupt man, the whole system is corrupt, and until you get squeaky clean people to step in, the country will still go downhill.

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