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The Nation's website team has received overwhelming feedback from our readers on many issues ranging from Caravan of the Poor's blockading of The Nation's headquarters on March 30 to Thaksin's political withdrawal on April 4.
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We present here some selected feedback:
The incident on March 30 in which The Nation's office was sealed off by a pro-government mob proved that you are outstandingly responsible media outlet. Under the pressure of an unreasonable mob, you were willing to back up to avoid a serious situation. May I applaud you for your brave decision. I am truly sad that the mob, which consisted of vans and motorcycle taxis, restrained your staff without their free will.
Please continue to stand on the people's side and run your media professionally. I believed that the wrongdoers will eventually get payment for the wrong they have done.
Best wishes for all your group's employees.
I try to keep up with the events in Thailand as I am deeply concerned. I count very much on you as you seem to be the most reliable and almost instantly updated source of information available.
The EC decision to survey the public on the arrangement of polling booths is necessary but should not be done by the EC. Such in-house surveys are usually self serving. Furthermore, such a survey is a waste of tax payers' money as the Constitution says voting shall be by direct and secret ballot. The arrangement of polling booths clearly violated the Constitution.
John A Donnelly
Now that Thaksin Shinawatra has excused himself from an active life as Thailand's caretaker prime minister, it is advisable that he start looking back at events leading to the occasion on Tuesday when he had to declare his decision to take a political pause.
During his past five years as prime minister, he has been accused of numerous wrongdoings. Most prominent are his insouciant characteristics and manners. Important and respected figures both within and outside the country had been offended by his uncalled-for remarks. Thaksin didn't seem to know where he stood, but seemed too big to be polite and diplomatic - a bad trait for any politician.
One other thing is his association with the wrong people within his radius of power. He has lately been influenced by counsel from these people based on subjective rather than objective rationales. It is easy to pick out these sycophants. Chat Thai Party leader Banharn Silapa-archa once said of these few people close to Thaksin that they should be beheaded instead of listened to for the bad advice they have been offering the PM.
Lastly, Thaksin's own bad judgement and wrong steps that led to his political hiatus also deserve mention: the needless House dissolution, the putting of conditions on the opposition's compromise initiatives, his avoidance of coming face to face with his opponents to answer their questions, and his claims of 16 million votes despite the unprecedented number of invalid votes (4.04 million) resulting from voters nation-wide venting their wrath on him, in writing, on the ballots.
As events transpired, Thaksin demonstrated that he is a master of disguise and deception. He did not say one word about his resignation and God knows how long he can remain as the caretaker PM.
To all the foreign press in Thailand: this is an announcement to you that it is Thaksin's tactical retreat only and not his resignation from politics!
He can strike back at any time he wishes with only one opposition leader from Twilight Zone. There are over 39 constituencies where Thai Rak Thai do not have the necessary 20 per cent vote and nobody knows how long the re-election process will take until this void is filled. How will they solve the one missing party list of TRT, nobody knows. Last but not least, how long will Thaksin stay in power as a caretaker PM? Nobody knows either!
The thing that we do know is we already spent Bt2.2 billion for nothing and got 498 Thai Rak Thai MPs, one opposition leader from God knows what political party and still the biggest question remains unanswered about the moral ethics of Thaksin which need to be scrutinised and probed. The only way out is the unconditional resignation of Thaksin until the new Constitution is amended. The person in charge should be appointed from a pool of "acceptable and honest" people and not from Thai Rak Thai pool of political rejects.
Dr Supong Limtanakool
National Broadcasting Committee designate