Poll: Most reject blanket amnesty
- Published: 23 Oct 2013 at 11.59
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About two-thirds of people did not agree with the revised 'blanket reprieve' amnesty bill, or any amnesty law that will allow former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to reclaim his seized assets worth 46 billion baht, according to the results of a Nida Poll published on Wednesday.
The pollster surveyed 1,252 people of all education levels and a wide range of occupations nationwide on Monday and Tuesday to gauge public opinion on "the amnesty bill and political disorder”.
The survey showed 58% of the respondents opposed the amnesty bill forgiving all those responsible for the political violence and crackdowns as well as those accused of wrongdoing by the now-defunct Asset Scrutiny Committee (ASC), including Thaksin.
They said the contentious bill offering blanket reprieve would set a bad precedent for Thai society in the future and encourage further lax enforcement of laws.
About 29%, however, agreed with the new version of the bill, saying it would give justice to all sides and bring an end to years of political conflicts and disorder.
Asked if the bill is enacted and could possibly result in Thaksin's 46-billion-baht-assets seizure case being declared null and void, 66% disagreed with the proposal, saying they believed Thaksin was corrupt and the seized money was ill-gotten gains, while 20% supported it and gave the opposite reasons.
About 56% of the people polled believe if the draft legislation enters the second reading in the House of Representatives, the number of the bill’s opponents will grow and a violent confrontation with security forces is likely. However, 11% said they are not worried as the government will be able to contain the situation.