Deputy Prime Minister Korbsak Sabhavasu on Monday advised fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to stop deepening social divisions and prove his sincerity by instead helping the country overcome its economic problems.
Mr Korbsak, who is in charge of economic affairs, said Thaksin’s comment on the need to seek our new export markets was an interesting idea.
“But the former prime minister should stop creating rifts in society and take the bests interests of the country into consideration, because solving the economic problems under unstable political conditions is difficult,” he said.
The government had been doing its best and was listening to criticism, he said.
The deputy prime minister believed the economy would turn positive in the fourth quarter of this year.
Bangkok Post / Published: 29/06/2009 at 11:34 AM
House Speaker criticizes Thaksin’s phone-in
BANGKOK, 28 June 2009 (NNT) – House Speaker Chai Chidchob expressed disagreement with the recent phone-in of the fugitive Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally yesterday to plead his supporters to bring him back to Thailand.
Mr. Chai viewed that Mr. Thaksin’s attempt to use Thai people and UDD supporters to bring him back home was inappropriate and unnecessary. The House Speaker pointed out that the former Prime Minister could come back any time if he wished since he already understood the related laws.
When asked if Bhumjaithai MPs would defect to the Puea Thai Party following the results of the by-elections in Sakon Nakhon and Si Sa Ket provinces, Mr. Chai said it would depend on personal viewpoint of each MP.