Friday, April 6, 2012

Govt wants vote on KPI proposals

The government looks set to push for a vote on King Prajadhipok's Institute's national reconciliation proposals.
‘‘ Thaksin’s supporters must put an end to red shirt villages or radio stations, while the other side has to accept certain conditions such as an amnesty. SUTHEP THAUGSUBAN DEPUTY DEMOCRATLEADER
After the House of Representatives wrapped up its debate last night, Udomdet Rattanasathien, the government chief whip, said MPs would be allowed to share their views freely.
He said the two-day debate would end with MPs being asked to cast a vote on whether they would accept or reject the KPI's report.
Over the past two days, Pheu Thai and Democrat MPs have debated the controversial study and how it should be treated.
The government appeared bent on adopting the report while the Democrats tried to delay the debate out of concerns the government would push for a vote.
They repeatedly asked the government to just acknowledge the research study pending a broader view. The KPI, which conducted the study, strongly advised against any rush.
The second day of the debate heated up shortly after deputy Democrat leader Suthep Thaugsuban took the floor.
He urged the government to pay heed to the KPI's caution on adopting the report when the environment was not conducive.
He said the foundation for reconciliation should be first created through the social level of dialogue.
He said that if the government forced the people's hands by adopting part of the KPI's proposals, violence would erupt.
According to Mr Suthep, the conflicting parties must first be identified. Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra along with his cronies was one of the conflicting parties, while Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, who spearheaded the coup to topple the Thaksin administration, was no longer one.
The Democrat MP said both sides must have an equal stake in the outcome and be made to realise what lies ahead and what the risks are.
''Thaksin's supporters must put an end to red shirt villages or radio stations, while the other side has to accept certain conditions such as an amnesty. Both sides must understand thoroughly,'' Mr Suthep said.
''This is to make sure that Thaksin comes back home cool,'' he added, referring to Thaksin's remark that he would return in a stylish way.
Mr Suthep was met with noisy protests from Pheu Thai MPs when he accused Thaksin and the red shirts of a plot to establish a new system.
Charoen Chankomol, presiding over the meeting, called for a short recess.
Mr Suthep continued with his speech, dismissing Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Prompan's proposal that government MPs would not disrupt his speech as long as the Democrats returned the favour.
Mr Suthep also said that another conflicting party was the judicial system, noting the deposed prime minister had been critical of the justice system that had ruled against him.