People of Sakon Nakhon Vote for Democracy

The sensational victory in the Sakon Nakhon by-election by Puea Thai is, of course, being presented by the media as the result of a clash of personalities – voters preferred to favour former PM Thaksin over the turncoat Newin Chidchob, whose Bhunjaithai Party has made various promises for building sports grounds and providing ambulance teams for local villages which, it seems, very few people really believed he had any intention of really doing.

Since the focus is on personalities rather than policies, we can expect the next few days or weeks (depending on how soon the next big story comes along) to be dominated by talk of making protests to the Election Commission (EC) about the involvement of Khun Thaksin, who was banned from politics by one of the previous in-no-way directed from above EC decisions. Expect rather fewer stories about the involvement of equally-banned Newin himself.

This all detracts from the real story of this election: the people of Thailand have, once again, voted for democracy. They have seen what happens when a party for which they voted won power (fairly and squarely) and that is what they want. They have also seen what happens to innocent pro-democracy supporters when they are suppressed by state-sanctioned violence (and they also know Newin’s shameful role in that violence) (allegedly). They have voted accordingly.

Will it make any difference? Well, looming on the horizon is the possible downfall of the Abhisit regime as a result of a score or more Ministers and MPs being disqualified by the EC for holding shares in government concessions they are not supposed to hold. 16 senators have already been convicted (not sure if this is a final decision or whether appeals are possible or what, frankly, will happen). There seems to be no chance of the Democrats ruling on their own so either Abhisit will be told to give up the ghost (if the military has its own party ready for the next election) or the evils of money politics will multiply as Abhisit is instructed to cling to power at whatever cost to the country.

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JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

2 thoughts on “People of Sakon Nakhon Vote for Democracy”

  1. yeah if democracy mean bought off vote, thaksin style of promising of new road, low interest rate debt.

    i don’t see how can it be a democracy if selfish people care nothing of where the dirty money and offering came from.(if not the taxes from thai in the other part of the country!)

    i often wonder how people with big house, big farming land, car and very big family can be poor!
    i see they keep pick almost the same people from the same party each election (depend on how much the offer will be)

    and how come those people they pick can only make them poorer!?
    that is so difference from some minority group like indian, chinese, or even thai in the other part of the country where people “WORK” , “SAVE” and thoughtfully invest in something, stay away from drug and gamble.
    why those can get richer with better future?
    they don’t even have big house big farm! but in general they got better life better education and be a better person.

    i sick see lazy people blame everyone but not themselves.
    keep destroy country by elect the same type of people as them in to the hose.

  2. @passingby:

    thanks for sharing your opinion.

    But don’t you realize how judgemental and arrogant your words come accross?

    Obviously you consider the people from Sakon Nakhon to be “lower” than other Thai people. Other people are “better persons” than those from Sakon Nakhon? The people from Sakon Nakhon are “lazy” and “selfish”? They gamble and do drugs?

    Get rid of that hatred and the prejudices. There are good people and bad people everywhere.

    You need to look a bit deeper at the causes of problems and not just point fingers and say: “Look, they drink, they gamble, they take drugs, they are lazy and corrupt”.

    We don’t need more lines to draw between Thai people. We need to recognize that all of us want to prosper, and all of us prefer to prosper in a nation with good social and economic conditions. And then we need to find ways to join hands together, not wave angry fists.

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