New Palangdharma Party officially launched but without Chamlong

New Palangdharma Party (NPP) was officially launched on Thursday (March 1), but without Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, former leader of Palang Dharma Party.

The launch of the NPP was announced on Thursday by Dr Ravee Maschamadol and other founders of the party which will apply for registration with the Election Commission on Friday.

Dr Ravee said that Maj-Gen Chamlong has turned down the offer to join the party either as an advisor or as a member, saying he has announced his intention to quit politics for good.

He said that the party would follow the policy platforms of its predecessor, the Palangdharma, regarding the “social dharmacracy system”, but with some modifications to catch up with present circumstances.

Party members will come from all walks of life with a common goal for real national reforms modelling after that of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) of former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Dr Ravee, adding that reforms in the past four years remain largely unrealized.

Regarding the three candidates for the premiership, he said the party has the three names in mind but he would not elaborate them now, adding that one of them would be the contender for being the next prime minister.