PDRC rejects government’s reform council proposal

The People’s Democratic Reform Committee has rejected the government’s proposal for the setting up of the so-called Thailand Reform Council to draw up a reform blueprint for the country.

PDRC co-leader Thaworn Senniam said on Wednesday that the government’s proposed council was just a matter of form while going ahead with the February 2 election, which is different from the proposal of the seven business organizations which calls for the creation of a reform council and reform to take place before an election.

As such, the former Democrat MP said the PDRC would not join the government’s proposed council.

He also dismissed a suggestion by Amnuay Klangpa, former chief whip of the government, that General Prem Tinsulanonda, president of the Privy Council, to be invited to mediate the political conflict describing it as inappropriate and insincere.

He further said that the PDRC was willing to talk with caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra if she comes to the protest site the way she went out to meet the people and was greeted with whistlings.

Meanwhile, the prime minister’s secretary-general Suranand Vejjajiva said the proposed reform council is most appropriate for the present circumstances, adding that the council can start functioning.

Once the prime minister signs the decree to set up the reform council, the reform process can start immediately, he said, adding that more proposals are expected shortly.