By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MANY PHEU THAI MPs are quietly travelling to Singapore to visit former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Those opposition lawmakers and others faithful to Thaksin are paying an informal visit to the ex-premier who flew from Dubai to Singapore to undergo a yearly medical checkup. Accompanying Thaksin to the island republic is his sister/former premier Yingluck Shinawatra.
The Shinawatra family has reportedly planned to return to the Middle East on the upcoming Saturday.
Thaksin who has earlier vowed to manage to return home “some time this year” is invariably regarded by Pheu Thai MPs and others as their spiritual leader who originally founded Thai Rak Thai Party which became People’s Power Party and was finally resurrected as Pheu Thai Party.
Thaksin has repeatedly forecast that the largest opposition party will make a “landslide” victory in the next general election, given Prayut’s allegedly erroneous, incompetent running of the country since the last several years.
Meanwhile, legislative efforts are being taken to keep Thaksin from practically influencing or possibly masterminding the rank and file of the opposition party, given a relevant prohibition to be enforced by an organic law currently being in the scrutinising process of an ad hoc House/Senate committee in accordance with an earlier-amended section of the constitution.
If finally found guilty of having been essentially influenced by any person who is not a partisan member, the whole party might probably be dissolved by the Constitutional Court.
But all Pheu Thai MPs have categorically dismissed allegations that they had been more or less influenced by their spiritual leader about anything.
Thaksin has regularly joined live streaming podcasts which have gone viral to make comments on varied domestic and international topics including Thai politics. He said those MPs may have sought consultations with him either in public or private and he would merely give them “advice.”
Both Thaksin and Yingluck were deposed in separate coups which overthrew their elected governments in 2006 and 2014 respectively with the latter being orchestrated by then-army chief, now-premier Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Top: Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra with his sister/former premier Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo: Naewna
Home Page: Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Photo: Sanook.com