Chadchart slams PDRC city siege plan

Caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt on Tuesday attacked the planned mass rallies to shut down Bangkok by the anti-government movement, saying many people who do not travel by skytrain and subway will bear the brunt and have their rights violated.

Mr Chadchart’s rare comment on the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) came after the group last week told its supporters to prepare for a major rally after the New Year holiday to shut down the capital for 10-20 days. 

In a message posted on his Facebook page, Mr Chardchart said traffic in Bangkok was supervised by three agencies: the Transport Ministry, City Hall and traffic police.  

It was estimated that 13 million people now lived in inner and outer Bangkok, while there were 3.5 million workers and 1.8 million pupils and students.     

“These people altogether make a total of 17 million trips in the city each day to and from their workplaces or schools or to run their errands," said Mr Chadchart. 

“The PDRC’s city shutdown plan may not affect jobless people, high-level executives, business owners who were not required to punch in at work or those who had condominiums along the BTS and MRT lines.   

“But for most people such as company employees, taxi-drivers and students, who had to get up early and travel in the morning rush hour traffic every day would directly suffer from the PDRC’s planned siege.” 

Mr Chadchart said section 34 of the Constitution clearly stipulated that “a person shall enjoy the liberty of travelling within the Kingdom. A restriction shall not be imposed except by virtue of the law specifically enacted for the security of the State, public order and public welfare.” 

“I, as a person who accounts for transportation affairs, disagree with taking the travelling public hostage or precipitating a cause that leads to disorder.

“To reform the country, if it starts with violating other people’s rights, it may continue with difficulty,” Mr Chadchart said.

Mr Chadchart said he wanted to know Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra’s stance on the PDRC’s announcement to paralyse the capital, saying he and the traffic police would have to work with ML Sukhumbhand in facilitating and providing safety for Bangkok commuters.

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Discussion 1 : 01/01/2014 at 12:28 PM
You hit the nail on the head, TryAgain, but I'm afraid the truth always flys over the heads of the Red PTP/UDD brigade.
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 11:49 AM
Durieu If you check your facts, the Abhisit lead government was elected and formed through a coalition, and was perfectly legitimate., so check your facts before spreading falsehoods. Secondly the red shirt demonstrations did shut down the central business district for months. The difference is that in that time the protestors were instigating violance and were heavily armed. Remember the M79 grenade attack on the silom BTS station? I could go on & on, but let's just say Happy New Year and try to move forward, rather than re-hassing the past.
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 10:27 AM
What a classic case of monkey see, monkey do. Two wrongs do not male a right, my friend. Anyway, happy new year!! Here's hoping that there will be peace , harmony and prosperity
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 09:22 AM
The best solution for alk this to stop is ask Taksin to stop wanting to OWN Thailand, then everyone will be happy! Simple as A B C
Discussion 5 : 01/01/2014 at 09:14 AM
Don't think the Thailand I love should become like Egypt or Bangladesh. A Suthepistan would quickly turn to a Syrian scenario.
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 08:49 AM
occupying 2 or 3 rai is the opposite of paralyzing the entire Province as is being threatened.
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 08:09 AM
Problem we have here is that any Peua Thai member hasn't got a leg to stand on, making comments about shutting down a city to force out undemocratic leadership. Where were they in 2010? What was their stance? Which of their bosses were complicit in organising the Ratchaprasong siege? What goes around comes around, The PDRC didn't invent this strategy, they just copied it.
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 07:50 AM
Egypt and Bangladesh come to mind.
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 06:23 AM
Watch & wait, The government will celebrate with a New Year's resolution to release those rice pledgeling figures as a gift to all !
Discussion 10 : 01/01/2014 at 04:56 AM
Soon Soon it will be SUTHEPISTAN - a country with a new dictator.
Discussion 11 : 01/01/2014 at 01:33 AM
In 2010, as the government was not democratically elected the protestors asked for an election and they do not shut down the entire city. In 2013 - 2014 these protestors ask to overthrow a democratically elected government, they make these rallies to stop the democratic election process and to replace it by a reform preventing the majority of the people to get the power and they announce the will shut down of the entire city. You really do not see the differences?
Discussion 12 : 01/01/2014 at 01:22 AM
PCI: an Thaksin and Yingluck were and are elected PM's.
Discussion 13 : 01/01/2014 at 12:47 AM
Caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt, is he the one pushing the multi trillion high speed train to Nongkhai? His actions have far greater consequences compared to a temporary shut down of Bangkok, his actions are damaging for generations to come. He doesn't care for Bangkok he worries about his commissions.
Discussion 14 : 01/01/2014 at 12:45 AM
Maybe the figures on the rice pledging scheme follows soon.
Discussion 15 : 01/01/2014 at 12:35 AM
What do you think he can do? And why does he has to resign? The Police Chief is not his cabinet member, the Transportation Chief is not his cabinet member. Maybe he hand-picked the Chief of Trash Collection. He is an elected governor. Well, this is Thai's democracy, he can't do most things that a Major city's mayor in the world can do.
Discussion 16 : 31/12/2013 at 10:58 PM
I wonder if sitting on a public bus for 45 minutes on SIlom Rd waiting for the lights to change violates the law? I also have to wonder if there are 3.5 million workers and 1.8 million students out of 13 million people in Bangkok what the other 7.7 million people are doing every day? Where do these figures come from?
Discussion 17 : 31/12/2013 at 10:43 PM
Funny the PTP didn't think about section 34 of the Constitution, that clearly stipulates that “a person shall enjoy the liberty of travelling within the Kingdom" when they were blocking the provincial anti government protesters from reaching the capital, over the last year or so. Very convenient to bring it up now. Double Standards anyone? I do have to say that I liked this transport minister. At least he got out and used the transport systems without an entourage, to see first hand what the problems were. Too bad he works with the wrong party.
Discussion 18 : 31/12/2013 at 10:37 PM
If there is another country in the world that would allow this to occur, where is it?
Discussion 19 : 31/12/2013 at 09:48 PM
you misunderstand the situation,,,,, you could not complain BKK Governor because he could do nothing......
Discussion 20 : 31/12/2013 at 09:42 PM
With such a narrow mind of Thai people, Thailand will eventually be divided into 3 countries such as the North, Bangkok, and the South. Hitler started WW2 and Suthep started Thai civil war and divides Thailand. Historically, Thailand has never been a peaceful country because of the attitude problem...attitude of staging coup after coup, conflict after conflict for just a little thing, and never work together to solve problems....every one serves for self interest and never admits his/her wrong doing but blames others. This is why Thailand has long time earned a nick name of "Xien Mien" which means "lie, cheat, and take advantage of each other
Discussion 21 : 31/12/2013 at 09:32 PM
Can anybody see Suthep caring about working class peoples lives being disrupted ? Working for a living to support a family is probably an alien concept and in any case, people who cannot afford to travel on Skytrain are more likely to support PT
Discussion 22 : 31/12/2013 at 09:19 PM
Every time the law is adhered to and upheld is a step forward. But those who claim to be making the way to clean up corruption by been lawless then it is downhill. And the individuals are lying to themselves. If they are blindly following a corrupt leader and hanging awe spelled on every word. Please do not say you have education if you can not think for yourself. And why does a leader of this anti corruption not take responsibilty for his actions but walks out of court. more corruption. May response is to a comment justifying illegal actions. And remember the rule do not to others what you would not like done to yourself.
Discussion 23 : 31/12/2013 at 09:10 PM
Mr Chardchart said traffic in Bangkok was supervised by three agencies: the Transport Ministry, City Hall and traffic police. Now we know why the Bangkok traffic is such a mess.
Discussion 24 : 31/12/2013 at 08:46 PM
A restriction shall not be imposed except by virtue of the law specifically enacted for the security of the State, public order and public welfare.” He, is right, but looking at the situation through clouded eyes. Under the Thaksin regime proposals there is a huge threat to the security of the State, and public welfare, then when you consider the PTP definition of Democracy is enforced with intimidation, and bullets to anyone that disagrees with the regime, it is time to shut down the city, and the whole country for that matter, if it will speed the process of getting rid of the Thaksin regime corruption that is crippling Thailand.
Discussion 25 : 31/12/2013 at 08:37 PM
Will the Bangkok governor resign if the DEM mobs successfully paralyze Bangkok, while the governor did nothing (or even took action in concert with the mobs)? Will Bangkokian protest to oust him or impeach him.

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