Maj. Gen. Chamlong Srimuang denies PAD attempting to create dissent among Thai-Chinese citizensAugust 6th, 2008 - 11:45 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Following Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s instructions for the Special Branch of the Royal Thai Police to levy charges against the People’s Alliance for Democracy, PAD lead activist Maj. Gen. Chamlong Srimuang (จำลอง ศรีเมือง) denies that his group ever attempted to create nationalistic fervor among Thais of Chinese descent.
Mr. Chamlong said that PAD members wore shirts displaying messages of Thai-Chinese patriotism to show that Thai-Chinese citizens also loved their nation. He affirms it is not the intent of the PAD to create conflicts between Thailand and China. The PAD lead activist adds that the PAD will be setting a definite stance on August 7th in response to the government’s 116-day campaign to promote national unity.
Mr. Chamlong said the government’s campaign was a good idea, but should not contain ulterior motives. The People’s Alliance for Democracy lead activist affirms that the government should not amend any part of the constitution merely for the sake of political benefits. He points out that the reason Cambodia is bold enough to claim Thailand’s Muean Thom Khmer Ruins (ปราสาทตาเมือนธม) for its own is because the Thai government is too preoccupied with constitutional amendments to the point of neglecting other important national issues.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand