President of the United front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
27th August 2013.
If the current situation in Thailand is peaceful and the future is bright while the people are full of hope, there is no need to find a solution for this country but it is understandable by many that Thailand is currently experiencing anarchism and there is a possibility that it can become a failed state if the conflict of ideology is not managed properly. If the situation was mismanaged it can develop into a civilian’s confrontation and ultimately lead to a riot which can cause tremendous loss of lives as evidenced in other nations.
Considering the high possibility, it is foreseeable that unrest can happen in this land; therefore, it is only logical for well-intentioned people to be prepared and set up targets for the future of this country. These preparations should include the plans to manage the country’s economy, society, cultural heritage, and educational system.
Even though today there are differences of ideas but Thailand and Thai people in the future might shared the same beliefs. This notion led to me to my proposal of political reforms that maintained only for the benefits of the country, the people and the future of our children. We have the capability to work together in order to reached for the same goal and that is what Thailand’s reformation should aim for.
The questions remain whether the council of reformation that the government set up which comprised of; politicians, former Prime Ministers and Senators, luminaries, representatives from the private sector, academics, and people’s organizations etc, will these people be able to reforms the country that is in a state of a violence conflict? And how will they do it?
1. The reformation should be for the people
2. The reformation should be an occasion for intellects to debate by using reasoning and logic while staying away from falsify beliefs and emotions
3. The reformation should not concentrate only on political reforms. Politic should be reformed alongside reformation of the whole country which can be monitored by the people
The people’s participation is essential to the reformation of the country. These reforms are not only for academics and experts to deliberate political restructuring and if this is to be, the reformation will rendered useless and it will only served as stage for elites to bargain for their own interest. If this is true than this is not the place for the UDD to be because we represent the commoners, not the people from the top of the pyramid.
The UDD’s targets for Thailand is for the country to be govern by a democratic system that has the King as the head of state where the sovereignty power truly belongs to the people in order to guarantee the rights, liberty, equality, and freedom for the people. The most imperative principle for the UDD uphold is political and judicial equalities. If there is no equality in the society there is no democracy and justice. For this land, equalities are the beginning and the end of the Red Shirt’s struggle.
Can we only concentrate on political reformation and ignore the economic and society reformations? Based on principles, this is impossible because all three of them are interconnected. The basic structure of the society is the economy which has effects on the basic structure of politics, government and other basic structures of the society such as culture, education, and ideology. From the apparent of the connection between these three structures (politic, economy and society), a reformation of only one structure will be impossible to achieved without the restructuring of the other two.
To summarized; political reforms have to be expanded to the people and it have to be a reformation that the whole country can observe and participate in. The success of the political restructuring is depends on the reformations of economic and society alongside it.
1. Politic: Democratic system with the King as the Head of State
a) Principle: Sovereignty power truly belongs to the people
b) Principle: Ensure rights, freedom and equalities
2. Economy: Free market (Laissez-faire) and systemized
a) Principle: Economy that planed to reduce poverty and reduce the gap between the rich and the poor
b) Principle: Economy that encourage fair competitiveness in agriculture, industrialization, services and financial system which related to the benefits of the people’s welfare and country’s environment.
3. Society: Liberalism
a) Principle: Acceptance of differences in ideas and ideology along with indiscrimination to race and religious practices
Main Principles of the Three Structural Reformations
1. Political Reforms
• Adhere to human rights, freedom, equalities, and rule of law.
• Constitutional amendment
• Law reformation
• Reformation of the judicial system
2. Economic Reforms
• Agriculture reform
• Industrialization reform in production, services and financial departments
• Research and technological reform
• Environmental reform in residential area and civil services
• Reformations of transportation and other public services
3. Society Reformation
• Adhere to human rights, freedom, equalities, and liberalism
• Media reform
• Educational reform
• Cultural reform
• Bureaucratic reform
• Research and statistical reformations