By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES registered lack of a quorum for the first time today (Aug.31) under a newly-formed, Pheu Thai-led coalition government.
During today’s motion for the Pheu Thai-led government to take measures to stem a chronic slump of the prices of varied farm goods, a Move Forward MP for Bangkok called for the counting of the House quorum to see whether it may be adequate or not, given the significance of such an economic matter which was needing the attention of elected lawmakers and could considerably affect the farmers and agricultural sector.
A few Pheu Thai MPs protested in vain the opposition Move Forward’s pursuit of the quorum count for which all the MPs in the House chamber may press a button to certify their presence.
Despite a combined force of 314 MPs at command of the Pheu Thai-led coalition government, only 98 MPs on both sides of the House chamber’s aisle were found attending, forcing House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha to adjourn it until next Thursday.
Given the attention of no more than half the total of performing MPs now accounting for 498, the House meeting was immediately adjourned under the parliamentary rules.
That marked the first time of the inadequacy of a quorum of a post-election House which could possibly be repeated time and again throughout a supposedly four-year term of the legislative and executive branches predominated by the Pheu Thai and other coalition partners.
Top and Front Page: Move Forward MPs criticising Pheu Thai Party after a large number of their lawmakers did not show up at today’s (Aug. 31) House of Representatives meeting. Both photos: Thai Rath