People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) coordinator Suriyasai Katasila on Monday warned newly elected prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva not to be preoccupied with power and advised him to study cases of the Thaksin regime.
Referring to the Thaksin Shinawatra regime, Mr Suriyasai claimed that the regime collapsed despite its vast capital and state powers because it lacked righteousness.
He said the government’s stability is determined by its performance and public approval, not the number of seats in the parliament.
Mr Suriyasai said the PAD will give some time for the new government to work but the group will also monitor its performance closely.
If there are suspicious activities from the government, such as the selection on cabinet members and the constitution amendments, the PAD would be ready to protest again, he added.
He suggested that the new cabinet line-up should comprise individuals who are outside the political ring and have high credibility.
The PAD coordinator also called on the government to implement self-sufficient economic plans rather than following the capitalist economic system as before. If the government does not dare to reform the society, Thai people would still suffer from poverty and violence, he said.
On the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD)’s violent reaction after Mr Abhisit was elected as premier, Mr Suriyasai said public members knew that the UDD supporters were doing everything for Mr Thaksin.
Unlike the UDD, the PAD demonstrated for political reform, he added.