Chalerm to push his reconciliation bill
- Published: 19/07/2013 at 12:01 PM
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Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung says he will continue to push his reconciliation bill, and is warning government that Thailand's political situation will start to heat up next month.
When reporters on Friday asked Mr Chalerm for his thoughts on the amnesty bill sponsored by Pheu Thai MP for Samut Prakan Worachai Hema, which has received more support from members of the ruling party, the minister said he would not comment on Mr Worachai's bill.
"I will still put the reconciliation bill forward, as I promised during the election campaign.
"I believe the bill will bring about unity in the country because it would equally benefit all parties. It isn't about money as the opposition has claimed," Mr Chalerm said.
Chalerm Yubamrung (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
He said Pheu Thai members will have to decide whether to back his reconciliation bill or not, adding that is still only a proposal.
If it was eventually dropped, the public would understand that he had done his best for them, he said.
It would not affect Pheu Thai's voter base and would not lead to conflict within the party, he added.
"Once the House meeting convenes on Aug 1, politics will heat up, especially in parliament, but it won't affect the government's stability," said the veteran politician.
However, the government should watch out for allegations made by independent organisations that it had violated the law, he said.
The bill seeks to grant amnesty to people who have committed offences related to politics. This would include those responsible for the deaths of red-shirts during the street protests three years ago that sought to overthrow the Democrat-led government.
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