Pattaya Daily News

30 July 2009 :: 12:07:40 pm 27096

Phue thai party visits walking street and later hold seminar to resolve Pattaya’s Economic

Pattaya, July 30, [PDN]: former prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, and Red Shirt supporters visited the Walking Street area to address local business owners and also to gather support for Mr. Chanyut Hengtrakul, former Chonburi MP, as the Phue Thai Party candidate MP in the forthcoming election.
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 At 9.30 pm, on 29 July, Mr. Somchai Wongsawat , the former prime minister, his wife, Mrs. Yowwapa , Mr. Yongyut Wichaidit, the Phue Thai Party leader, Mr. Prompong Nopparit, Mr. Groong Sriwilai, Miss Suparat Nakboonnum, Mr. Plordprasop Suratsawadee and Mr. Chanyut Hengtrakul visited the business owners and the local people living in the Walking Street area, South Pattaya. A lot of people brought flowers and signs, standing at the entrance of the road to receive them.

Mr. Somchai asked business owner how their businesses were going, mainly to show that the Phue Thai Party is concerned about the economy and the crisis in the tourism industry. The intention was assess all the problems and discuss them at the seminar, which started at 9.00 am, today, July 30, at the Long Beach Hotel, Soi Wongarmart, North Pattaya-Naklua Road.

The convivial atmosphere produced by the visitors to Walking Street certainly captured the attention of the tourists around the bars and all the other venues. Many people asked to have their photos taken with the Phue Thai members , especially, Mr. Somchai. Surprisingly, many foreign bar owners also gathered and showed their respects to him. Mr. Chanyut Hengtrakul, the former MP and the well-known local politician, was also warmly welcomed by the Walking Street people.

The Phue Thai Party’s attempt to resolve economic problems at the seminar is another sign of the party’s readiness for the next election, which they expect to win and form the next government.

 

 

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One month before, on June 29 , the Phue Thai Party scored a second landslide victory in a week when it won the by-election in Si Sa Ket; another sign of the continued support for ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Phue Thai candidate Surachart Charnpradit garnered 124,327 votes to defeat Sakulthip Angkasakullkiat from the coalition government’s Chart Thai Patina Party, which received 76,435 votes. The seat was previously held by the Chart Thai, but its member of parliament was disqualified by the Election Commission.

The victory came a week after the party won the Siphon Nacho by-election, where they defeated the Bum Jai Thai Party, a coalition partner in Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government, controlled by banned politician and former strong ally of Thaksin, Newin Chidchob.

Chalerm Yoobamrung attributed the victory to Thaksin’s popularity, saying that voters in the Northeast still had a high regard for the former premier, which remained strong due to the populist policies implemented during his five-year term from 2001 to 2005.

The victory signaled another blow for Abhisit’s government, which faces mounting problems as the seven-month-old administration was hit by infighting, the flu escalation and worsening economic conditions.

Abhisit’s Democratic Party took the helm in December with the support of several smaller parties that had jumped ship and crossed over after Thaksin’s brother-in-law, Somchai Wongsawat, was banned from politics and his People’s Power Party (PPP) dissolved by the Constitution Court for alleged election fraud in the 2007 election that was won by the PPP.

Thaksin is currently living in exile, but continues to be active from abroad with his phone-in addresses at election campaigns and rallies. On Saturday, more than 30,000 red-shirted supporters linked to him gathered in Bangkok and several more demonstrations are expected to be held in the coming weeks.

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On 27 July, some 400 Chinese investors and their Thai counterparts participated in the four-day Thai Chinese Business Forum 2009, lasting from 27-29 July, 2009 at the Dusit Resort Hotel, Pattaya, where mutual business opportunities in Thailand were discussed.

Describing the first day of the meeting as an impressive success, Mr Chanchai, the forum?s spokesman, said 35 Chinese and Thai partners had cemented business deals and had agreed to sign memoranda of understanding (MOU) on their joint investments.

 

Two major companies, who signed a MOU at the meeting, were Saha Farm, a leading agricultural producer in Thailand, and New Hope Group, a large Chinese company with 270 affiliates.

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On 28 July, in Pattaya, more than 300 red shirt supporters handed a letter to the Chinese investors at the Dusit Resort Hotel before PM Abhisit arrived from Bangkok to hold a Thank You Party for the Chinese investors.

The Red Shirt supporters, led by Mr. Chaiporn Ratchsaanmeung of the Democracy Lovers Association, Pattaya had marched from Petchtrakul Road, heading to the North Pattaya Road to present the letter to the Chinese investors at the hotel.

A virtual phalanx of police were set to take care of the hotel, to prevent any repetition of the earlier Royal Cliff fiasco. They successfully stopped the protesters and blocked them at the front of the hotel; however, a number of key protesters were still allowed to meet the representatives of the Chinese investors.

After giving the letter to the Chinese investors, the Red Shirt supporters gathered around, waiting for PM Abhisit to arrive.

More than 1000 police officers had assembled to provide security for the PM. After he entered the hotel, the protesters dispersed quietly.

On the same day, in Bangkok, three million signatures of supporters loyal to ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra have been successfully collected in a bid to seek a royal pardon for the convicted former prime minister and request that he be allowed to return freely to the kingdom from his self-imposed exile, according to a key leader of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) on Tuesday.

The Red Shirts had earlier vowed to collect one million signatures in a bid to seek a royal pardon for the former prime minister, sentenced by a Thai court in absentia last October to two years in prison for abuse of power in relation to the controversial Ratchadapisek land deal.

Jatuporn Prompan, who is also an MP of the Puea Thai Party, said the UDD must verify the registered names and addresses before submitting the petition to the Royal Household Bureau on August 7. “We must scrutinise all the petitions carefully for any improper words,” said Mr. Jatuporn. “The family of the former premier is not signing the petition as the UDD wants any royal pardon process to be carried out only by the civil sector.” The key UDD leader added that due to the careful screening process, the group may postpone submitting the petition to August 8 instead.

Reporter : Warina Punyawan   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Politics News

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