Chalerm wants different reform panel

Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said on Wednesday that he will propose to the caretaker prime minister a different form of the proposed national reform council to rewrite the 2007 constitution and end the political dispute.

Mr Chalerm said the 99-member reform panel would comprise 77 elected representatives of the people, one from each province, and 22 appointed scholars.

The election of the 77 members would be organised by the election Commission. The EC would also have authority to select and appoint the 22 scholars, he added.

Once the reform council had finished the charter rewrite, a national referendum on the altered constitution would be held, Mr Chalerm said.

If people approved the new draft constitution it would be promulgated, and after that the House of Representatives would be dissolved to allow a general election, he said.

Mr Chalerm said his proposal conformed with legal mechanisms and it could be put to work immediately, in parallel with the Feb 2 elections.

The national reform council proposed by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would take a long time to complete its work. This was a weak-point the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) could use to justify continuing its rallies, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 12:10 AM
They should start, like the US, with putting pressure on Swiss banks to reveal names of Thai account holders !
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 09:16 AM
So Yinglucks says reform its good, but the opposition says reform is anti-democratic?
Discussion 3 : 02/01/2014 at 06:57 AM
And who still cares about what Mr. Chalerm says? Didn't he promis us to bring Thaksin back?
Discussion 4 : 02/01/2014 at 04:26 AM
Chalerm is the poster boy for why true reform is needed in the first place. I wonder if he honestly thinks he's not part of the problem...
Discussion 5 : 02/01/2014 at 01:27 AM
I thought his promis was "If I don't get thaksin back this year free(2013) I will cut my head off! Well we are waiting!
Discussion 6 : 02/01/2014 at 01:01 AM
From a small no name police Corporal, now a multi millionaire, Thai politics is very good indeed to him.
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 11:00 PM
This is one of the first guys that has to go under the new reform policies. He and his sons are probably worse offenders than the Shin clan, maybe not in terms of $$$, but certainly lacking any ethical and moral integrity.
Discussion 8 : 01/01/2014 at 10:20 PM
Chalerm’s proposal has to be taken with a lot of salts as he is not an honest broker. His proposal is a non starter as it has obvious inherent defects pertaining to one of allegiance. The reform process must involve people through a final referendum based on a consensus formula on how the people wishes to be governed which will be scrutinized / deliberated by selected groups of respectable, intelligent and people oriented individuals comprising of career professionals, business communities, NGOs and people’s representatives. Nothing is a waste of time if we use the experience wisely.
Discussion 9 : 01/01/2014 at 10:11 PM
And how will the citizens react to the information on the internet. The PTP couldn't even get the One Tablet program right and Thailand's connectivity is horrible. And actually how many of our citizens in the rural areas actually have Internet availability. Comparing our problems with those of Iceland is akin to comparing apples to crocodiles!!
Discussion 10 : 01/01/2014 at 10:06 PM
Vote, vote, vote... In my family we've been fighting, and working, for Democracy four generations, but when you'd tell me this PT and its government have been doing in the last two years what 'the people' voted them in for, I'd sadly have to say an Absolute Monarchy with a technocrats' government would be better, the best, IMHO, being a federation, 3 (or 4) regions, with own elected parliament, One King, one RTA, a federal, small, parliament (with limited powers) and government (national and intnl. matters), appointed by the regions (population + means!), 'rotating' PM and ministers, a small appointed senate. Wouldn't you vote for that?
Discussion 11 : 01/01/2014 at 09:58 PM
Sounds just like the previous PTP rewrite proposal. The bulk of the members bought and paid for by the PTP's financier.
Discussion 12 : 01/01/2014 at 09:08 PM
Thaksin is not in Thailand, it is 01.01.1014 and Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung still has his head! Another false from this man.
Discussion 13 : 01/01/2014 at 08:16 PM
Look at Iceland. They asked 25 people to write a new constitution (based on the old ones and so many examples form other democratic countries) and put the concepts on Internet. Every citizen could react. After elaborating the reactions, a new constitution was finalized and approved by the Iceland parliament. By the way; the reforms doe not only (or better: not in the first place) the Thai constitution. It is not so difficult if you are creative and willing to take risks and give power to the people.
Discussion 14 : 01/01/2014 at 08:14 PM
At least the people would have a vote unlike the secretary general s fantasy.
Discussion 15 : 01/01/2014 at 08:09 PM
And you can bet that the reps from the provinces would be old school.
Discussion 16 : 01/01/2014 at 08:06 PM
The "beheaded one" is still talking?
Discussion 17 : 01/01/2014 at 07:56 PM
When it is about the 2007 constitution you take the votes of the people as a reference to legitimate it. When it is about the elections of your political opponents, the same votes are suddenly not relevant anymore. Can you remind us which party do you support please?
Discussion 18 : 01/01/2014 at 07:34 PM
This must be a early 1st April fool joke just done 4 months early
Discussion 19 : 01/01/2014 at 07:07 PM
Any proposal by Chalerm is suspect.
Discussion 20 : 01/01/2014 at 07:02 PM
The 2007 was voted on in a national referendum, and only the People should be able to amend it. Certainly not by a partisan group set up by the current government!
Discussion 21 : 01/01/2014 at 06:32 PM
So it could be, if not Chalerm, a self proclaimed slave of Thaksin.
Discussion 22 : 01/01/2014 at 06:27 PM
And Surat Thani would ONLY have 1
Discussion 23 : 01/01/2014 at 06:25 PM
Both sides simply trying to stack the cards. Chalerm's solution is just as biased, and ridiculous, as Sutheps. Tell you what, stick them in a ring, winner takes all. At least it might draw a line under things.
Discussion 24 : 01/01/2014 at 06:21 PM
One from each province... thus Nong Khai and Sisaket would have just as much input into the process as Bangkok. I'm sure the Dems will agree to that...
Discussion 25 : 01/01/2014 at 06:21 PM
The reform will be worthless if old school corruption like Chalerm are allowed anywhere near it.
Discussion 26 : 01/01/2014 at 06:19 PM
Oh boy, that's what we need! 99 Thai people in one room trying to reach a unanimous decision on how to reform the current political system. And 77 of them elected when the entire election system is as corrupt and broken as the government. How about academics, legal minds and educators sitting on the panel? How about business leaders being invited? This whole thing is a waste of time, and money, since the control of the panel is in the hands of those needing reform the most. Same Same, Only Different!
Discussion 27 : 01/01/2014 at 06:15 PM
Quite a logical and sensible proposal. If we don't try we would not know whether it works or not.
Discussion 28 : 01/01/2014 at 06:10 PM
Chalerm has had to postpone the homecoming. He is trying a new approach !
Discussion 29 : 01/01/2014 at 06:06 PM
Sadly, K Chalerm proves one more time that he does not keep the promises he makes.We were waiting for the man's obituary, as he was going to have himself be beheaded when he didn't succeed in bringing Thaksin back before the end of 2013. But instead of a sound and definitive silence, here we are, confronted again with his ear medicine inspired blabbing. So convinced of his own importance, he can't realize his police buddy T. dumped him at the labour ministry, like an old horse one puts on a meadow, instead of euthanizing it, in memory of it serving its purpose well...
Discussion 30 : 01/01/2014 at 06:04 PM
Chalerm does not understand he is part of the problem - not the solution.
Discussion 31 : 01/01/2014 at 05:58 PM
Another one who don't want to see the reality. Chalerm has proved beyond any doubt to be on the wrong side of the truth, many times. He is supporting his son, (yeah that one) to become a lawmaker, say no more about this man's intentions. On the heap with him as well..... quickly.
Discussion 32 : 01/01/2014 at 05:54 PM
All business sectors should be represented as part of the appointed scholars. There should be a secret ballot on election day for provincial representatives. This would help prevent political influence.
Discussion 33 : 01/01/2014 at 05:49 PM
Why is he still alive, did he not say 'you can hang me' if Thaksin is not back in Thailand by the end of the year ???
Discussion 34 : 01/01/2014 at 05:46 PM
Sounds like Chalerm has skypeing with Dubai recently. By the way, wasn't he supposed to be beheaded today in Udorn Thani for failing to get his master returned and whitewashed?
Discussion 35 : 01/01/2014 at 05:40 PM
You need intelligent people and even some foreign input to rewrite a constitution the plugs all the deficiencies of the current constitution. There is absolutely no need for a representative from each province. People will have their say in the referendum on the new constitution. It is time for real patriots to serve the Thai nation.
Discussion 36 : 01/01/2014 at 05:33 PM
Are there some villagers are looking for you Khun Chalerm? See http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/351717/chalerm-vows-thaksin-will-be-home-this-year

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