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Debate on whether PM Yingluck should resign or not at govt reform forum at Air Force headquarters Thursday that included reps from private sector, activists, academics & some caretaker ministers. 

Forum participants fromthe private sector share ideas before a brainstorming session on reform with the government at the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters in Bangkok yesterday. CHANATKATANYU


Govt reform meet ends on flat note

PM's resignation would end crisis, says Thirapat


Patsara Jikkham

The government's reform forum ended without a conclusion on Thursday with the chairman of the Political Development Council recommending the caretaker prime minister resign immediately.

The PM's Office and the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) held the forum at the Royal Thai Air Force head office in Bangkok. Twenty-eight organisations were invited. Most participants represented the private sector and others included activists, academics and some caretaker ministers. Caretaker Prime Minister and Defence Minister Yingluck Shinawatra chaired the session which lasted three and a half hours.

Thirapat Serirangsan, chairman of the Political Development Council, told the forum the political crisis did not stem from a conflict between political parties but from a conflict between the government and the people.

He does not think an election on Feb 2 will solve the political crisis and it should be postponed.

Mr Thirapat said the prime minister is duty-bound to solve national problems. If she fails to do so, she loses her legitimacy to stay in office.

The prime minister' s resistance to calls for her to resign will only prolong the problems, he said. Her immediate resignation, by contrast, would ease the conflict.

He said one of the main problems is divisions among Thais and if the caretaker government resigned, they could avert a possible civil war.

Although the constitution does not cover the prime minister' s resignation under this circumstance, Mr Thirapat said individuals have the right to resign, even if they might feel duty-bound to stay on.

In answer to Mr Thirapat's calls, Ms Yingluck said her government had two choices to take responsibility - resign or dissolve parliament.

It chose the House dissolution so there would be a fresh election and the people could have their say.

"Today there is no prime minister. There is only a prime minister who must carry out her duties according to the law," Ms Yingluck said.

"I don't want to stay and cause conflicts but I am staying to safeguard the rules and hand over this democracy to anyone that comes in through constitutional means after the next election," she told the forum.

Mr Thirapat also proposed that the People's Democratic Reform Committee should not monopolise the national reform process and end its protests as soon as the government resigns and postpones the polls.

Vichai Assarasakorn, deputy chairman of the Board of Trade of Thailand, proposed a national reform organisation be formed before the next election, the polling date be rescheduled, and parties promise the next government stay in office for one year to carry out national reform on a participatory basis.

The areas of national reform that are generally accepted such as corruption suppression can be implemented right away while disputed areas of reform should undergo a referendum, he said.

Caretaker Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng said political parties should make the promise that the next government would work mainly on national reform but he argued the next government must result from a general election.

Ms Yingluck said the forum was just the beginning of a national reform process and she would like such forums to finally come up with a clear master plan for national reform.

She said that national reform forums were tough tasks but she wanted them to continue so the public could have their say.

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academic: someone who teaches at a college, or who studies as part of their job - นักวิชาการ

accept: to agree to or approve of something - ยอมรับ

activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม

avert: to prevent something bad or harmful from happening - ป้องกันไม่ให้เกิด

basis: the important ideas, facts, or actions from which something can develop - รากฐาน, หลักพื้นฐาน, หลัก

call: a request, an order or a demand for somebody to do something or to go somewhere - ข้อเรียกร้อง

caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ

caretaker government: a temporary government that is in charge of a country until a new government is elected - รัฐบาลชั่วคราวที่ตั้งขึ้นเพื่อรอการเลือกตั้งครั้งใหม่

carry out: to do something, to finish and complete a task - ทำให้สมบูรณ์, ทำให้สำเร็จ

chair: the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company - ประธาน

chairman: the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน

circumstances: facts or conditions that affect a situation - เหตุการณ์แวดล้อม

civil war: a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country - สงครามกลางเมือง

clear: easy to see and understand - ชัดเจน

conclusion: the final part of something, in this case, a final decision - การสิ้นสุดลง การสรุป การตกลงขั้นสุดท้าย

conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง

constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

constitutional: correct or allowed according to the constitution - ถูกต้องหรืออยู่ในขอบข่ายที่ระบุไว้ในรัฐธรรมนูญ

contrast: a noticeable difference - ความแตกต่าง

council: a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ

crisis: a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point - ช่วงวิกฤต

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา

disputed: involved in a disagreement - มีความขัดแย้ง

dissolution: the process of officially ending the existence of a group of organisation - การยุบ (พรรค สภา)

dissolve parliament: to formally end the House of Representatives, usually leading to a general election - ยุบสภา

division: a disagreement between people, especially between people who belong to the same group - การแตกร้าว, การแบ่งแยก

duty-bound: required by your job or assignment - ขอบข่ายหน้าที่หรืองานที่ได้รับมอบหมาย

ease: to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา

election (n): the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting - การเลือกตั้ง

ends on a flat note: when some event, activity or meeting ends without signs of success or promise for the future -

flat: lacking interest, energy or enthusiasm - ไร้ชีวิตชีวา

forum: a place where people can express their ideas and opinions - ที่แสดงความคิดเห็น, การประชุมแสดงความคิดเห็น

fresh: new; made or experienced recently - ใหม่, เมื่อเร็วๆนี้, สดๆ ร้อนๆ

generally: true in most cases and situations - โดยทั่วไป, โดยปกติ, ส่วนมาก

hand over: to give somebody else control or the responsibility for something - มอบ

have their say: be able to give your opinion about an issue, in some meeting or with authorities -

House: House of Representatives - สภา

immediate: existing now and needing urgent attention - ปัจจุบัน, โดยตรง

immediate: happening or done now, without any delay - ทันทีทันใด

implement: to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used - นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้

individuals: persons - บุคคล

invite: to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something - เชิญ

last: to continue for a particular length of time - กินเวลา

legitimacy: that fact that something is legal; the fact that something is fair and reasonable - ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย ความชอบธรรม

master plan: a detailed plan that will make a complicated project successful -

means: methods; ways - วิธี, วิธีการ

meet(ing): a gathering of people to discuss something - การประชุม

minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี

monopolise: to prevent other people from using something or being involved in something; to completely control a business activity - ผูกขาด

national: for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ

National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB): NESDB (National Economic and Social Development Board or "Sa-pa-pat") - Thai government planning agency for economic development, creates five year plans with an agenda of: 1. Alleviation of Poverty and Income Distribution problems, 2. Enhancing Thailand’s Competitiveness, 3. Promoting Social Capital Development, 4. Promoting Sustainable Development (Source: Wikipedia) - สำนักงานคณะกรรมการพัฒนาการเศรษฐกิจและสังคมแห่งชาติ

participant: someone who takes part in something - ผู้เข้าร่วม

party: an organized group of people who have similar ideas about the way in which a country should be governed, and who work together to try to persuade people to vote for them in elections - พรรค การเมือง

political party: a political organisation that you can vote for in elections and whose members have the same aims and ideas - พรรคการเมือง

poll: an election - การเลือกตั้ง

postpone: to delay; to decide that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป

postponed: delayed; decided that something will be done at a later time - เลื่อนออกไป

private sector: businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - ภาคเอกชน

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

prolong: to cause to continue for a long time - ยืดเวลาออกไป

promise: to say that you will do something for sure; to commit that you'll do something for certain - สัญญา

proposed: suggested as an idea for a group to consider - ถูกเสนอ

recommend: to advise someone that they should do something - แนะนำ

referendum: an occasion when all the people of a country can vote on an important issue - การลงประชามติ

reform: a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

represent: to act, speak or be present officially for another person or people - เป็นตัวแทน

reschedule: to change the time at which something has been arranged to happen, especially so that it takes place later - จัดตารางเวลาใหม่, เปลี่ยนตารางใหม่

resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง

resignation: the act of leaving a job, position of power, etc. - การลาออกจากตำแหน่ง

resistance: a refusal to accept something or allow it to happen - การต่อต้าน, การขัดขืน

result from: caused by -

right away: immediately; now - โดยทันทีทันใด, อย่างทันที

safeguard: something which protects something/somebody from loss, harm or damage; something which keeps something/somebody safe - สิ่งป้องกัน, สิ่งคุ้มกัน

session: a formal meeting - การชุมนุม ประชุม

solve: to find the correct answer or explanation for something - หาคำตอบได้

stay on: continue in a certain job or position, rather than resigning or quitting -

stem from: to be caused by - เกิดจาก

suppression: stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  - การปราบปราม

take responsibility: to be serious about your duty to do something - มีความรับผิดชอบ

tough: difficult to do or to deal with - ยาก ยากลำบาก

undergo: to experience a process of change - เผชิญกับ, ประสบ

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