MOVE Forward Party spokesman Rangsiman Rome said today (Aug. 29) after seeing the unofficial lineup of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s cabinet a million questions cropped up in his mind to ask this new government particularly how they are going to solve key problems affecting the majority of the people such as pricey electricity bills, TV Channel 7 said.
While the government’s policy statement is still awaited, which he said defies belief, another key issue is abolition of annual military conscription.
“Move Forward has always believed that Pheu Thai has a consistent policy of abolishing military conscription but I heard Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin using the words ‘joint development’.
“This led to my failing to understand the difference, don’t use beautiful, cool words, make it clear, do Thai men in the end still have to serve in the military or not? Or still conscripted like before but not bashed up, no improper practice?” He questioned.
Rangsima pointed out that with Pheu Thai having now started holding hands with the “uncles”, meaning Palang Pracharath Party led by Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan and the Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party under de facto party boss Prayut “Uncle Tu” Chan-o-cha, how could the public be certain this party will not go back on its words again.
“The person who becomes the prime minister, sets up the government, if his words cannot be trusted, all sides are impacted including the economy and society.
“Lastly I am also uncertain because many people in the new government are familiar faces, many are unclean, some have a history in narcotics.
“Pheu Thai said when they come in drugs will disappear, or will it increase?
“At the moment I am not convinced, don’t let the setting up of a government turn into a matter of repaying your network, because doing so means the people are making the repayment,” he said.
Regarding the issue of First Deputy House Speaker currently held by Move Forward MP Padipat Santipada with some lawmakers pressing him to step down as the party is no longer part of a coalition government and the position of opposition leader previously held by party leader Pita Limjaroenrat until the Constitutional Court ordered him to stop performing as an MP while awaiting its ruling on a petition filed against him by the Election Commission for holding 00.0035% shares in non-operating ITV channel, Rangsiman said this issue will soon be discussed at a party meeting.
Move Forward Party spokesman Rangsiman Rome, right, and Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, left. Top photo: TV Channel 7, Front Page photo: Amarin TV