Thai politic divided the nation
Not many years ago, Thai was still living in harmony among many ethic groups of northeast E-san, northern Thai-lek, southern Malay, and the central
There was no conflict too for the minority Muslim living with the major Buddhist faith of the land.
This had been so until Prime-Minister Taksin Shinawatana with his single handed ruthless governing style that ended the peaceful co-existence among
His success came with accusation that he got his phone concession through corruption. He was also being accused of insider trading when he hoarded up unbelievable amount of illegal US$ just before his finance minister closed friend announced the managed float of the Thai currency from the old fixed rate. The
Taksin set up Thai Rak Thai party and won the election landslide. But again it came with the biggest vote buying afforded through his new made wealth. He ruled the land during 2001-2006 before he was ousted by the coup. During his reign, he was so successful in dividing up
There was no secret that he had 60 % of the senates in his monthly payroll while he was Prime Minister. Many NGO’s was sabotaged to virtually functionless. Media was bought to perform publicity rather than a reporting task. There was simply no check and balance mechanism in the ruling system. His iron hand to step out drug trade was lawless ending up by killing thousands of people many were found innocent after.
Before he was ousted, the country was at the brink of bloodshed among various groups. Taksin was and still is worshipped by the grass root and poor in the north and northeast. The Muslim south had gone into insurgent warfare against central government. The intellect and technocrat central were on a head on conflict with Taksin. Taxi drivers in
Ironically, after one year of self imposed-exile in
But again, his election campaign was accused of vote buying and many other frauds. Election commission evoked some ten or so of his elected PPP members for vote buying. Many more are still under investigation and it is possible that one of them who are now the Lower House Chairman could face the same fate.
What has happened one week after the formation of the cabinet as of today
Talks are rife that the government will pass a decree to pardon all 100 over Taksin’s former cliques being suspended of playing politics for a period of 5 years by Law. Prime Minister Samak admitted that this is true and will certainly be carried out when the time is right. It is also clear now that Taksin nominated government will either take back a confiscated TV station or set up a new station with tax payer’s money.
He has also been shrewd to buy up the majority poor by giving them lollypop village grant, housing grant, air-conditioning grant, taxi grant and many others. But it is again accusation that he is only misappropriating public fund to buy the heart of the poor for his own gain. Taksin is yet to return to
Samak Soontorawet, as known in
Meantime, there is killing in the south daily. And you should keep your mouth zipped riding in
Personally, I do not see a broken vase or heart to be mended back in whole again easily. This will take a tremendously up hill task and a certain long period of time to do the magic. What I do not see is the effort of the government to lead the nation into that direction. I, therefore, fear that the nation may stay in division for as long as I live.