PM: Election the best medicine

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has repeated her call for the Thai people to support the Feb 2 election which must be carried out along with reforms.

In a message posted on her Facebook page on Sunday morning, Ms Yingluck said the problems in the country have become more complex and cannot be solved in just one day.

"I admit that an election may not be a panacea, but it is the best medicine for solving problems in the democratic system which must be taken along with other measures including the country's reforms and preparedness of local administrations.

"Without going with this method, the country would have no other way out as since the House dissolution the government cannot do anything much to solve economic problems. We cannot use government spending to push forward gross domestic product and the country's  economy, thus affecting future investments in the private sector.

"As we can see, many flights bringing tourists to the country have been cancelled. Many countries have issued travel advisories warning their citizens against travelling to Thailand. These are not good for the country," Mr Yingluck said.

The caretaker prime minister pleaded for the people to exercise restraint and allow the government to take its time to solve problems.

She repeated her call for the people to exercise their election rights under the democratic system.

"If you don't want this government to return, you have to fight for this through an election. We should turn away from staging a rally to monitor the government's performance and use forums for the country's reforms to bring about an election, which is transparent and free of vote-buying, and eradicate corruption among politicians and government officials as well as in the private sector," she said.

Ms Yingluck added that to achieve these objectives there must be a government and parliament to push for amendments to relevant laws.

"I don't want to see a recurrence of the 2010 violence or an economic crisis in which the country is deeply indebted and plagued with problems involving crime, drugs and unemployment because of the shutdown of businesses and relocation of production bases by foreign investors," she added.

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 01:14 AM
An election is not the best medicine. The best medicine is for the people to calm down know the truth and solve the difference first. People can not make a decision in a crisis like this. Plus there are no ideal candidate so why rush into an election? Is she afraid people will forget her or more reds are turning yellow?
Discussion 2 : 05/01/2014 at 06:18 PM
The talk broke down after the military attack Pan Fah Bridge. That's a betrayal of the promises. Talk ceased after that. All documented and in public domain.
Discussion 3 : 05/01/2014 at 06:18 PM
the only medicine madame takes is from the Dr of criminology her fugitive brother,its a very sad situation that exist,l feel so frustrated for the humble people of Thailand,people power seems to be the only answer to the deceit and lies that the ruling party is based on,so good luck khun suthep,you say it how it is
Discussion 4 : 05/01/2014 at 05:57 PM
and that would appease who exactly, it would simply create additional problems
Discussion 5 : 05/01/2014 at 05:31 PM
It is impossible to ask someone who has no control to exercise some, she can't, she was asked to stand and she did, a sacrificial lamb lead to slaughter, her brother must be proud, and yet people still revere the man.. Thaksin attempts to run the country from outside, but that, also, is impossible, internal power struggles and other than him reentering the country, problems are bigger than even he were he here, would he be able to could control. Thailand being run by an absentee dictator is almost laughable, except that in the end he will cost more lives.
Discussion 6 : 05/01/2014 at 05:25 PM
Sorry Eric, you are playing the broken record again. BTW the Democrats offered an election in 2010, but after looking at their pagers during the televised meeting the 3 amigo's refused, and after, and only then, when T's money was confiscated the Red hordes violently tried to take BKK, and when loosing this game burned Bangkok.
Discussion 7 : 05/01/2014 at 05:16 PM
It's like the PM is on another planet, what doesn't she understand ? No reform, no election, is that terribly hard to understand ? Does she think PT will be voted in to continue more of the same. I have never heard so many people in a goverment in denial ? Trust me, we know what we are doing. Please!!!!
Discussion 8 : 05/01/2014 at 04:27 PM
PDRC is non-violent, Ms. Yingluck. Why don't you ask yourself who caused violence and economic crisis in 2010? And why our country is so much indebted now?
Discussion 9 : 05/01/2014 at 04:05 PM
Is that all she ever says these days? I think PTP must be replaying the same video clips day after day of YS. Not even she can believe what she is saying
Discussion 10 : 05/01/2014 at 03:22 PM
So much so that she is staying at home and not actively participating.
Discussion 11 : 05/01/2014 at 03:21 PM
She just doesn't get it, an election without reform is a waste of time, only benefit is for PTP to offload the pilfered rice scheme money and regain some popularity. Without reform you will never manage to solve all these economic problems because all the money just gets pilfered!
Discussion 12 : 05/01/2014 at 03:03 PM
I wonder how many of the 16,000.000 voters actually thought "Ah! Yingluck She is my choice" or they voted for the party ,'Not her' because they were told how to vote.
Discussion 13 : 05/01/2014 at 02:42 PM
The country is becoming indebted due to massive corruption and cronyism - the hallmark of the Yingluck government!
Discussion 14 : 05/01/2014 at 02:29 PM
The best medicine is her resignation! So simple, so caretaker, show us how much you love the people!!!!!
Discussion 15 : 05/01/2014 at 02:22 PM
Yingluck: You are the weakest Link....Goodbye.
Discussion 16 : 05/01/2014 at 02:19 PM
Elections are without any doubt the best medicine for her !
Discussion 17 : 05/01/2014 at 01:57 PM
continued .A blind man with a stick could see this happening pass the blame onto someone else well madam it has backfired on you in a big way.You need to know when to quit and if you do not that time has arrived.
Discussion 18 : 05/01/2014 at 01:52 PM
It may be for here and the clan but not for the people the ordinary people with an ounce of common sense.Will she ever learn that she has lost the trust of the electorate by her parties devious tactics and corrupt ways,the vote buying,the obvious disastrous rice pledge,water management and lack of monetary controle..The down turn of the bhts value is not all down to the unrest exports were in a steep decline before and the IMF warned them about there lack of transparency and its problems 6 months ago.Moody said in no uncertain terms that the countries credit rating would be cut from BBB 5 months ago if they continued with the rice pledge.
Discussion 19 : 05/01/2014 at 01:41 PM
Maybe if she was prepared to delay the election, stand down with all her brothers buddies and allow the PTP to move forward without any Thaksin influence then the country would be able to move forward. Why doesn't she get that is her, big brother and her families connections to Thai politics that is the problem. By having a list of party list MP's that includes many family members and close Thaksin allies is just showing utter contempt to a large amount of Thai people.
Discussion 20 : 05/01/2014 at 01:38 PM
No the government must not "take its time", it must address the issues immediately. The PTP promised to fight corruption, yet after three years nothing was done towards fulfilling this promise. Rather they embark of a spending binge with zero transparency allowing unlimited corruption. The PTP is like a con artist, they seek your trust so that they can grab your wallet.
Discussion 21 : 05/01/2014 at 01:37 PM
The 2010 protest asked for an election while Suterp and his ally Dem Party don't want an election. Miles apart. 2010 protest brings Thailand forward with a people mandate after the military and judiciary coups. Suterp bring Thailand backwards with an appointed mandate. Miles apart again.
Discussion 22 : 05/01/2014 at 01:32 PM
The problem with partsanship is everything is always the other sides fault entirely. 2010 happened because the red shirts used non peaceful means of solving problems and the government, military and power brokers refused to allow democracy to work. Same thing is happening now, nothing was solved in 2006, 2008 or 2010, because no one wants to accept the human right of people to choose their own future.
Discussion 23 : 05/01/2014 at 01:27 PM
so short sighted, how is an election going to solve anything when it doesn't in any way tackle the problems at hand. It would be a disgrace if the election went ahead when there is only 1 genuine political party running. Insanity
Discussion 24 : 05/01/2014 at 01:25 PM
Quote: in which the country is deeply indebted and plagued with problems over crimes, drugs and unemployment because of the shutdown of businesses and relocation, unquote. Thailand is already plaguied by crimes and the lack of law enforcement, foremost corruption lead by this government, a drug center in Asia for smuggling, dealing and users alike, and foregin companies started to relocate businesses for more than 3 years, due to the failures of this and past governments, providing stability and a climate of invetstor confidence.
Discussion 25 : 05/01/2014 at 01:24 PM
Arresting anti-government protest leaders who incited unrest and chaos in the society is the first medicine to be administered.
Discussion 26 : 05/01/2014 at 01:23 PM
This is a very poorly written speech which is just a veiled attempt at scaremongering. There is no substance in what was said, only veiled threats of Crime, Drugs & Unemployment. Where do they dream this up? How about looking at the root cause of the current situation (start with a mirror), and then make an honest attempt to find a viable solution.
Discussion 27 : 05/01/2014 at 01:18 PM
It's good to see her come out with an intellegent statement like this. There also appears to be fight from her and a reluctance to just let the old guard have the reigns of power back through their disreputable means. By this I mean the staged alleged peaceful overthrows and coups of 2006 - 2007, the re-writting of laws and appointing of judges and panels in order to keep the Democrats in power. There is no support for Suthep outside his small base, and Thailand will be finished in business & International relations if the Army dared to put him back in power. Remember the Snubs agains AV last time. 16,000,000 did vote her iin!!
Discussion 28 : 05/01/2014 at 01:12 PM
To properly achieve these objectives Yingluck must resign as Prime Minister and Thaksin must report to Bang Khwang Prison to serve his sentence(s).
Discussion 29 : 05/01/2014 at 01:10 PM
'The best Medicine for Thaksin's home-sickness' and 'The best Medicine for unlock the cookie-jar again'
Discussion 30 : 05/01/2014 at 01:05 PM
Calling for elections is a lot different than calling for a cessation of democracy!
Discussion 31 : 05/01/2014 at 01:00 PM
Perhaps the Prime Minister should reflect on the protests of 2010 and the role played by her red shirt partners in government.

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