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The PM talks to the Bangkok Post

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See, hear and read what Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajiva told the Bangkok Post's editor Pattnapong Chantranontwong yesterday. 

Yesterday's interview with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is quite easy to understand. I have included the text, however, for those of you who want to see exactly what he said.

Exclusive Interview: PM Abhisit Vejjajiva

Interview by Pattnapong Chantranontwong. Video by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin.

Mr Prime Minister, are you confident that you will become the PM again after the election?

That’s up to the people to decide. All I can do now is to take my message to the people that I intend to continue my work for them from day one if I’m elected. And that if they have confidence in me, we can really move Thailand forward rather than get the country stuck in the same old problems about conflicts.

What will be the key message that you convey to the people?

That the country has to move forward with policies for the people. And the people now want to us to address issues like high prices and drugs and lay strong foundations for the future in terms of competitiveness of the economy and also a good welfare system. And that is what we have as our policy.

The Phue Thai party has announced that one of the first tasks if it won the election is to issue a decree to grant amnesty to, particularly Thaksin. Do you think that would bring a mass protest against the move after the election?

I can’t say whether there would be protests but I think it only adds to confusion and more conflict. And, for me, the priority should be on the people’s problems, not Khun Thaksin’s problems. And we intend to put the people first and really leave these kind of issues to other bodies.

Would you like to make some comments on your competitor, Khun Yingluck?

No, I welcome the competition and, of course, over the next 40 or so days, she’ll be running in an election campaign in a democratic system. That’s when she’ll be put to the test. Just as we – we all have to go through this test. I just welcome the competition.

Do you think she’s at a disadvantage because she’s a woman, and a new face in politics?

Well, you know, I think it’s for people to decide and I think we should compete on what we intend to do for the country, what we intend to do for the people, whether we have the right qualifications. Those are the things that really matter to the electorate.

Can you predict the result of the election?

No. I don’t think anyone can. I know it’s going to be a tight race. Every vote will matter – and we have to work hard.

Do you have your personal assessment?

A tight race. We hope to increase the number of seats. We hope to come first, but it’s going to be hard work. But we’re ready for the hard work.
 
For the full Bangkok Post story on the interview, click here: http://bit.ly/iu3vjk

confident – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
message – an important moral, social or political idea that a book, speech, etc. is trying to communicate ประเด็น, เนื้อความ
intend – to plan to do; to want to happen ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น, วางแผนไว้
stuck – unable to move, or fixed in a particular position or place ติด
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
convey – to communicate something; to express a thought, feeling or idea so that it is understood by other people สื่อไปถึง, สื่อสาร
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
address – to try to deal with a problem or question  จัดการกับปัญหา
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
foundation – supporting structure รากฐาน
competitiveness – the ability to compete ความสามารถในการแข่งขัน
welfare – help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people who need it; good care and living conditions สวัสดิภาพ
issue – to officially announce or give out  ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
decree – an official decision or order made by a leader or government พระราชกฤษฎีกา
grant – to officially give something  ให้
amnesty – a situation in which a government agrees not to punish people who have committed a crime การนิรโทษกรรม
mass protest – a very large public gathering of people to protest against something การชุมนุมประท้วงใหญ่
confusion – a feeling that you do not understand something or cannot decide what to do ความสับสน
priority – something important that needs to be done first or needs more attention than anything else สิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดเป็นอันดับแรก
body – a group of people who work or act together, often for an official purpose, or who are connected in some other way กลุ่มคน, นิติบุคคล
comment – expressing an opinion แสดงความคิดเห็น
competitor – a person, team or company that is competing against others ผู้แข่งขัน, คู่แข่ง
welcome – to be pleased to receive or accept something รับด้วยความยินดี
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
disadvantage – something that makes someone or something less effective, successful or attractive ข้อเสียเปรียบ ข้อด้อย
qualifications – the abilities, qualities, degrees, etc. that you need for a particular job or activity คุณสมบัติ, คุณวุฒิ
matter – to be important or have an important effect on somebody/something เป็นเรื่องสำคัญ, มีความหมาย
electorate – all the people in a country or area who are allowed to vote ผู้ที่มีสิทธิเลือกตั้งทั้งหมดในท้องที่หรือเขตหนึ่งๆ
predict – to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า
tight – very close with competitors that seem to be equally good ที่มีคู่แข่งที่มีความสามารถใกล้เคียงกัน
race – a completion, especially an election การแข่งขัน
assessment – a judgment or opinion การประเมิน

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