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15 May 2011 :: 08:05:34 am 53743

National Reform Committee dissolves as election approaches in Thailand

BANGKOK, May 14 -- Thailand's National Reform Committee (NRC), set up to heal the country's deep social divisions and headed by ex-premier Anand Panyarachun, will be dissolved tomorrow after the dissolution of the lower house and a general election to be held in the next 50 days, Mr Anand said.
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Mr Anand told participants attending a forum, held at MCOT Public Co., Ltd. headquarters, that although NRC was to be operational for three years, its committee had decided to resign en masse from tomorrow after the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolved the House of Representatives earlier this month and called for a fresh general election on June 3.

The NRC was set up by the Prime Minister’s Office with the government providing necessary staff and budgeting. It was officially launched on July 8, 2010 after security units forcibly dispersed the anti-government protest in the capital on May 19.

The committee was focused on driving the country’s main structures effectively, reducing social disparities, strengthening Thai society and promoting fairness, to bring peace and reconciliation as well as give tangible plans to the public and the government for immediate action to solve problems.

Admitting that injustice still prevails in society because power structures including the economy, industry, trade, education and public health is concentrated in the capital and large cities, Mr Anand said the NRC will summarize the outcome of its works which can be considered a “blueprint” for the people and for political parties to be used during the current election campaigns.

For those portions whose study by NRC have not been completed, Mr Anand said the committee would specify that additional study is needed and that he believed the new government could continue and proceed with work.

“Political parties (campaigning in the election) should make national reform a major policy. But so far no party has a clear-cut policy,” Mr Anand said, adding that he wants to see political parties continue what the NRC had done.

Scholar Prawes Wasi told the forum that works accomplished by the NRC should be conveyed to people through peoples’ networks as “changes in the country could be made once people gained more knowledge.”

Mr Anand added that NRC had presented its proposals on national reform to the prime minister and political parties and he hoped that they would be “welcomed by the people and political parties.”

He noted that offering too many populist policy proposals by political parties could “cripple” people which contradicted to guidelines to national reform intended to decrease state power and increase people’s strength so they could depend on themselves.

Report by : MCOT

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