leader of the Group of 40 Senators said the upcoming ritual to mark former premier and fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra’s 60th birthday is a vehicle in disguise that will lead to the collection of signatures from his supporters to petition His Majesty the King for a royal pardon.
Citing reports he received, Senator Prasarn Maruekkapitak , a leader of the Group of 40 Senators, said there has been an order from Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, that the birthday ritual for Thaksin Shinawatra must take place in a temple with its name having words ‘Kaew’ and ‘Fa’ that are deemed to be auspicious for Thaksin.
Initially, Kaew Jam Fa Temple in Sriphraya area of Bangkok was chosen, but the temple refused to hold the event. The birthday ritual is now expected to take place at Uthaitayaram Temple in RCA area of Bangkok instead. At the ritual, 20,000 masks with Thaksin’s face picture on them will be given to participants.
Senator Prasarn thinks the ritual will lead to the collection of one million signatures from Thaksin supporters to petition His Majesty the King for a royal pardon to absolve Thaksin of his offence.
Prasarn added that one merit-making will not offset the bad karma Thaksin has accumulated. He said this ritual is a way to use religion to achieve a political goal and the movement to acquire a royal pardon is a way to involve the monarchy to politics and to discredit the government.
He urged Thaksin to stop any movements that could create hostility in Thailand. He gave an analogy that if the head stops moving, the tail will too, and then peace can be restored.
Democrat urges Thaksin to stop harming nation
Democrat Party spokesman Buranat Samuttharak Friday urged former prime minister Shinawatra Thaksin to stop harming the country.
Buranat said when Thaksin addresses his supporters during his birthday party on Sunday, he should promise that he would stop harming the country.
“This will be a useful gift for the country and will be a bit surprise for Thais,” the Democrat spokesman said, referring to the red-shirt leaders’ statement that Thaksin would have a big surprise for the country during his birthday party on Sunday.