Sunday, February 02, 2014
I went to the Thai election although it is untimely and meaningless
I feel a bit dismay when I have to go to the ballot to serve a citizen's duty. I don't see an election now, costed around 3.8 billion Baht, as the right way to do, knowing that the present corrupt regime, masterminded by an escaped convicted tycoon that we want to get rid of, is now hanging by its claws on a cliff. Their claws is this election to justify the staying of the acting Prime Minister in the executive seat. Today is a history rerun for me, because I also casted the 'elect nobody' box the last time.
I know that a lot of Thai middle class people will not go to vote today. Some will just go to the poll station and tick the 'elect nobody' box in the paper ballot. They include a number of shop owners, doctors, teachers, business employees, retired government officials, housewives, etc. These people are not 'high class elites' at all, as often they were often mistakenly labelled by foreign news media. They are fed up with more systemic corruptions, and grabbing of national resources to be later sold out to foreign buyers.
This election will be meaningless. The puppet government wanted to show the World that it is a democratic government. In fact, it 's a dictatorial capitalism in disguised. The dictator, of course, is an escaped convict for corruptions, who disguised himself as asylum seeker in a foreign country. When I say this I keep my mind neutral, I don't want to let down my mind to hate someone. I just feel pity for the country that has been damaged.
There is a hint that some people would soon file a complaint to the Constitution Court to decide if the election process is against the constitution, since many polling stations, mainly in the south, could not be opened, and some districts don't even have a single candidate.
I believe, with the present digital communication technology which makes the World looks smaller, more direct democracy is now possible. I see the need for people to engaging more into politics, not only in local level but also at national leve. The only restriction will likely be Thai politicians who mostly came from private business with vast self-interests, who would try to clinge to the powers. They simply need to buy their way to get the blessing of 'election process' as the key to access public resources, nation's wealths, and more money for them and their cronies. I agree with many people that political reform in Thailand is badly needed