Dems kick off reform talks Thursday

The Democrat Party announced Wednesday it will begin national reform efforts on Jan 2 by holding talks with various organisations and sectors of society.

Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said members led by party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Apirak Kosayodhin would meet members of Transparency Thailand, an anti-graft foundation chaired by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun, on Thursday to hold talks on the fight against corruption. 

The Democrats would meet members of the Thai Chamber of Commerce the following day to discuss the same issue.

“On Jan 7, the party will hold a press conference at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) to disseminate information obtained from the two-day talks and unveil an initial blueprint against corruption and for national reform,” Mr Chavanond said. 

The Democrat Party has decided to boycott the Feb 2 general election. Party members had been instructed not to join protests to hinder the election process, he added, but to gather evidence that shows the caretaker government’s misuse of state power to intervene in the poll, which violates election law. 

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Discussion 1 : 02/01/2014 at 05:05 PM
an anti-graft foundation what a joke every one in the room is guilty of the same thing they are investgating
Discussion 2 : 01/01/2014 at 10:59 PM
The past, can not be changed, but we must focus on now and move on. So let's not dwell on the past and move forward with the future. I think the voice of the people is clear that from now on, govt. will be held accountable for all actions.
Discussion 3 : 01/01/2014 at 10:53 PM
It's never too late for a change. In the light of certain event, like this govt abuse of power, citizens are more aware what democracy is and their responsibility to protect it from those who abuse it.
Discussion 4 : 01/01/2014 at 10:40 PM
It are 'THE PEOPLE' who are sick and tired of 'the system', Asianguy, not PT, nor DP, not any present political party as a matter of fact, politicians are the proverbial 'pigs at the trough', they're not interested in reforms that will cost them big, it are 'the people' pushing for it. And when those living up North and East would be honestly explained to what they, also, lose to the wrong pockets, I think they would not react in the same way as the Central and South protesters, they would get very angry, and hunt on party people, middlemen, traders and other leeches...
Discussion 5 : 01/01/2014 at 10:11 PM
The Dems don't listen and won't join the talks. Let them stay silent.
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 09:53 PM
Reform the nation will take forever but we need a leader right now to run the country.
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 07:29 PM
At every check point at the south when tourist in and out every one has to pay 20 Bath or 2 RM each time. Is it considered corrupt? Would the new government go to stop it? Solution is , the government has to increase the immigration officials' wages. If not, it won't stop. Let say police force. If asking police personnel to be free from corruption, government should increase their emoluments. If not, bribery is not going to stop. Government contracts should be open tendered. No immediate government link applicant is allowed to tender for government contract. Only capable company with strong recommendation and proper assessment is allowed. OK?
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 07:14 PM
Sorry, but the whole problem is the process. Votes are rigged and bought. How can that be fair? A clean slate is needed. Not just electing the same corrupt group of politicians with the same set of bad laws.
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 06:02 PM
They still don't get it. The first step to reforms is the people through their vote. Once a government is elected then they will proceed with reforms. Again the majority must take the lead as it will conform with the people's wishes. Let the pepole speak first then move forward. Acting without the people's consent would not be democartic.
Discussion 10 : 01/01/2014 at 05:53 PM
Waste of time ... what eve they propose will be rejected by Thaksin Yingluck and PTP Yingluck will listen ... then ignore all suggestions
Discussion 11 : 01/01/2014 at 05:42 PM
Abhisit is the Dem's Yingluck, a good looking nominee, with more stains, though. As long as the Dems don't add more credibility at the personal and factual level, there is little chance for any meaningful outcome of their reform panels. Any reform panel from whatever side will fail if there is no upfront committment that addresses the grieviances of the opposite site.
Discussion 12 : 01/01/2014 at 05:40 PM
Well and good Khun Ahbisit. Just that it is 4 years late. Pickings then was too good to call for corruption reform?
Discussion 13 : 01/01/2014 at 05:27 PM
At last, some sensible news from the DP, but I ask, why didn't you and your party inc Suthep,make this your priority when you was the ruling party, and running the country?

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