"A piece of cake!" a confident former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra told his adoring red-shirt followers when he described how easy it would be to get the people's approval in the planned referendum on rewriting the entire constitution during his video-linked address at Khao Yai last weekend.
In fact, Thaksin used the Thai term "moo-moo" (pig-pig) in reference to getting the 24 million to 25 million voters who must cast ballots in the referendum for approval for a total charter rewrite. It refers to being easily lead.
Probably due to a lack of communication, Thaksin's wish for the referendum to go ahead caught the co-leaders of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) with their pants down. Jatuporn Prompan, one of the red-shirt key leaders, told the crowd not long before Thaksin chipped in that the UDD would pressure the government to ram the constitutional amendment bill through the third reading of the parliament.
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