Interior Minister Chatchai Phromlert has sent an urgent message to all provincial governors, telling them to order the Damrongtham centres to invite people in their areas of responsibility to reply to the six questions raised by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
In the message, all Damrongtham centres, both in the provincial and district levels, are to invite the people to show up at their offices between 8.30am-4.30pm, starting from Monday, Nov 13, to reply to the prime minister’s questions by filling up a questionnaire.
The people can also write their opinions in the questionaire.
Every province is required to make a summary report on the anwers and opinions of the people to the permanent secretary for interior every 10 days.
A daily report on the number of respondents must also be made to the ministry everyday by 5pm.
Mr Chatchai’s message to the provincial governors did not specify the period for the people to anwer the questions.
Ong-art Klampaiboon, a deputy leader of the Democrat Party, said he personally viewed this as a political tactic for some political purposes which are clearly indicated in the questions.
He said Gen Prayut had several choices, either to set up a political party of his own or support a political party set up by other people, as shown in the second question.
Anusorn Iamsa-ard, acting deputy spokesman of the Pheu Thai Party, raised 10 questions for Gen Prayut to answer.
The questions include whether the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has been in power for too long since it said when took the power that it would not stay long; and, which between a prime minister from a coup and a prime minister from an election will be acceptable to the people.
Watana Muangsook, a Pheu Thai Party member, posted in his Facebook page, saying that Gen Prayut raised the six questions while the popularity of himself and his government is waning.
He said this tactic is intended to discredit MPs and an elected government.
The Six Questions
Gen Prayut on Nov 8 raised six questions for the people to answer. They are:
1. Whether or not it is now necessary for the country to have new political parties or new, quality politicians for the people to choose from in the next election? If the country continues to have only old political parties and old-face politicians and they happen to be in the next government, will the new government continue with the reform in line with the national strategy?
2. If the NCPO wants to support a political party, will it be the right for the NCPO to do so since the prime minister will not run in the election?
3. Do you people see a good future for the country from what the NCPO and the government have done during the past three years? This question is followed by two sub-questions:
3.1. Do you agree to having the national strategy and the country’s reform plan so that the future Thai politics can go with efficiency, good governance and continuity in the country’s development?
3.2. Is it true that every government, in running the country’s administration, must take care of the country as a whole and the people of all provinces and should not implement only policies which are said during the election campaigns or take care only of areas of its political support bases while maintaining the continuity of the national strategy?
4. Whether it is totally right to compare the formations of past governments with the formation of a new government today since before the NCPO and this government came to power the country was full of conflict and violence and the people were divided into groups for political support?
5. Had the governments from democratic elections in the past clearly shown their efficiency and good governance with the continuity of the country’s development?
6.Why political parties and politicians have come out to discredit the NCPO, the government and the prime minister, and distorted facts regarding their performances in an unusually large scale during this time?