PM urges unity, Abhisit lauds change

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged unity among Thais in her New Year message posted on her Instagram and Facebook pages.

Ms Yingluck asked Thais to pray together that they will unite and love each other again and for those with different political views to reconcile for the benefit of the country.

She said she will be patient under the current circumstances and will work hard to promote unity and reconciliation and to protect the country, the monarchy and Buddhism. 

Meanwhile, in his New Year message, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva proposed that 2014 be considered a year of reform.

He said that in time of uncertainty, the national reform push offers a ray of hope and opportunity. The mass uprising has awakened a kind of political awareness among Thais that has never existed before, he said.

He added that society is now transforming from one that is indifferent to corruption, to a society which rose up against the amnesty bill intended to whitewash the crimes of corrupt people. It has changed to a society that is calling for reform, rather than just the conventional political process involving elections.

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Discussion 1 : 02/01/2014 at 02:33 AM
She maybe all of that. Those are not a quality of a leader. Being liked by other leaders does not make you a leader. Do not insult other country leaders. Do not get other countries involved with trying to validate her leadership skills. She needs to answer to the people of Thailand. Unity and reconciliation is not in her heart. Unity for her is trying to divide the country between majority and minority. Reconciliation is to clear her brother of all crime. You can't argue that she is the worst leader of all time.
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 12:48 AM
Yingluck is a brillant woman smart successful charismatic and beautifful at her age she is liked and admired by most leaders around the world.Her message calling for unity and reconcillation is a positive one. She prayed for peace to protect the pillars of the kingdom but she only mentioned the three motos Nation Monarchy ans Religion in fact she omitted one by intention that institution is Military whose role is to protect and defend the country at all cost.
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 09:12 PM
With such a narrow mind and hard head attitude 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 of staging coup after coup, against each other for just a minor issue, and never work together to solve problems. Everyone serves for self interest and never admits his/her wrong doing but blames others. This is why Thailand has earned a nick name of "Xien Mien" which means "lie, cheat, and take advantage of each other.
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 07:13 PM
You mean she wants to "reform" the Country exactly the way her brother wants.
Discussion 5 : 01/01/2014 at 05:11 PM
She doesn’t ignore them at all and she wants to reform the country exactly in the way the people want! But she will never accept that the minority decide against the majority. This is the only difference with his opponents!
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 04:57 PM
I think the problem is that no one trust the govt enough to make the changes themselves.
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 04:39 PM
The more a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 04:29 PM
Thia people don't understand the meaning of this message because this is not what they are expecting from her. Before giving that message she would first make some changes from the governemnt which these protesters are demanding from her. Her messages is just a message anyway,
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 03:46 PM
It's so sad to see the people so against one another over each other's different political views and the angry hurtful words used against each other. Please learn to respect each other's differences, only then will there be peace.
Discussion 10 : 01/01/2014 at 03:40 PM
You almost hit on the correct term there but it's not "her" lackeys, it's the brother's lackeys that are the problem. Many, if not most, ministers have been "appointed" by the toxin. Get rid of them, and I think Ms Y would have at least a chance of doing a decent job.
Discussion 11 : 01/01/2014 at 03:07 PM
THE VERY SIMPLE THING TO MAKE Thailand a REFORMED STATE is the disappearing act of the fugitive in a far away land forever matter who rules the country...It will have to be the same if anyone from the ruling government is found to be getting involved with him again shall follow the same path. Only then Thailand will become a true Democratic country where checks and Balances could happen and also people will respect the rules of law.
Discussion 12 : 01/01/2014 at 01:24 PM
Want happen tcr, as too much money is at stakes for Thaksin's corruption machinery built over the past couple of years.
Discussion 13 : 01/01/2014 at 11:59 AM
They've managed to ruin the country in just two years. That's quite an achievement.
Discussion 14 : 01/01/2014 at 11:53 AM
So easy to solve all this. Put aside her ego and resign. It's in the best interest of the country.
Discussion 15 : 01/01/2014 at 11:45 AM
Simple: because a fight against corruption entails a fight against the man in charge from afar, who she is supposedly cloned from.
Discussion 16 : 01/01/2014 at 11:24 AM
Can anybody honestly say what the PTP government has achieved in there 2 years. Rice Scheme - Failing, Water Scheme - Failing, Bring back big brother - Failed, High speed train link - Failing, Numerous large projects in southern regions - Cancelled, reconciliation - failed. The list could go on.
Discussion 17 : 01/01/2014 at 11:12 AM
The best New Year gift to Thailand is to see these two parties sit down negotiating the reform. Negotiation simply means to find a common working solution and both sides need to back down. No negotiation will result in your demand fully met. You have to learn how to yield. If you work for the people you will yield for the people and we will appreciate you in return. There is no victory in battle, all losers and winning without battle is the highest victory.
Discussion 18 : 01/01/2014 at 11:09 AM
Thaksin’s message was always unity: “Follow the leader!” And anyone who does not follow the leader is an outsider and disturbs the unity.
Discussion 19 : 01/01/2014 at 09:38 AM
Maybe Thaksin has made a new years resolution. While spending many years creating division, now the message is unity ??
Discussion 20 : 01/01/2014 at 09:36 AM
Yingluck still does not seem to realize that she and her corrupt government are the problem. Even if all Thais pray together and love each other that won’t change her. If she would listen to the people and not to her criminal brother than there would be hope - but she still does not understand that simple fact. Why should Thais be patient? She and her lackeys wasted the last two years in power. Their highest priority was to bring her fugitive big brother back – and they didn’t even archive that! We need a smart PM and capable and honest ministers and MPs – the exact opposite of her and her government.
Discussion 21 : 01/01/2014 at 09:10 AM
Happy New Year. Lets call a truce for today. Celebrate the feast. Tomorrow we return to the trenches. Right?
Discussion 22 : 01/01/2014 at 09:06 AM
"Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged unity among Thais in her New Year message"..."Meanwhile, in his New Year message, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva proposed that 2014 be considered a year of reform" Both messages contain excellent goals for Thailand. Instead of non-productive fighting, if both parties made a New Years resolution to sit down and negotiate a plan to achieve both goals, benefits would come to both parties and more importantly all Thai people and the country of Thailand.
Discussion 23 : 01/01/2014 at 09:04 AM
The time has come to make a change. The Thai people can not just stay still any more. The future of the country is in everybody hand. Let help each other!
Discussion 24 : 01/01/2014 at 09:01 AM
Massive number of Thais are united all over the country to request a reform before the general election, why does the caretaker PM ignore them? Can the PM give us a good reason not to reform? Why not try to be up to date instead of hanging on to the old system?

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