The call for reforms is deafening.
Whether it’s political, military, or police reform, the latter is perhaps the one issue both Sa-lim (pro-establishment) and Saam-geeb (pro-democracy) agree on due to the Joe Ferrari fiasco.
But reform into what?
Sa-lim and Saam-geeb may not agree on the principles of democracy. Still, on 29 August, Suan Dusit Poll said 90.64% of its respondents want a corruption-free government, 89.29% want a visionary leader, 88.27% want equality, 85.94% want teamwork, and 77.71% want proper state assistance.
Let us propose: Sa-lim, Saam-geeb, and everyone else in between wants good governance.
The institution that has the power to reform and establish good governance is the government. But, after seven years of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, is this the regime for reforms and good governance?
If not, then who? Pheu Thai? Move Forward?
The national election may come as early as March 2022. But 250 senators notwithstanding, the power lays in the hand of the people.
The first step towards reform and good governance is thus to defeat the 250 senators. That means putting at least 376 MPs in parliament willing to stand against Prayut Regime.
It’s a tall order, but not impossible. However, it requires a uniting factor rather than dividing factors.
In the United States, the civil rights movement met with success due to several factors, including crossing the racial barrier to unite. In South Africa, apartheid ended due to several factors, including crossing the racial barrier to unite. The uniting factors were Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.
Their message was not of hate but of hope.
Who or which political party then is Thailand’s uniting factor? Palang Pracharat? Pheu Thai? Move Forward?
There will be many new political actors and parties popping up in the next months. But if there isn’t a uniting factor, it’s pretty much guaranteeing the continuation of the Prayut Regime.
The question for Sa-lim, Saam-geeb, and everyone else in between is this:
Have we learned enough lessons over the past two years, seven years, 20 years, or 89 years since the 1932 Revolution?