Four announce the creation of a new political party
‘Ruam Thai United’ aims to turn Thailand into developed country
Four founders present their new Ruam Thai United Party online Thursday. From left to right: Nitchanat Sudlapa, Voranai Vanijaka, Win Sutheerachai and Apirat Sirinavin. (Photo by ณิ ช นัจ ท น์ สุด ลา ภา Sarina Thai Facebook)
Four people announced that they would create a political party called “Ruam Thai United” to run in the next general election.
Win Sutheerachai, Voranai Vanijaka, Apirat Sirinavin and Nitchanat Sudlapa held an online briefing on Thursday.
Mr. Win, a real estate and steel mogul, on Wednesday announced his resignation as a list MP for the Move Forward party, citing “the evolving situation and context.”
“I ended my role as an MP to pursue my ideology that I had asserted from the start,” he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
Mr. Voranai, former editor and columnist at Bangkok Post, is the founder and editor of the online news site Thisrupt.co.
Mr. Apirat is a former leader and the only list member of the Mahachon party in the 2011 elections.
Nitchanat Sudlapa is a transgender model known internationally as “Sarina Thai” and an activist for social diversity and equal opportunities.
The four founders said the party was a cooperation of people from different backgrounds who shared a desire to see positive changes and a developed Thailand.
They plan to do this under the concept of “think together, do together and create together”.
Mr Win said that for 30 years Thailand remained a developing country, so he believed it was high time for a change.
He proposed two approaches, short and long term, to make Thailand a sustainably developed country.
Regarding the independence of the party, Mr. Win said: “We insist that we are a whole new group with no one behind to pull the strings.”
Discussing what the party would do if elected and had to work with other parties, Mr Win said, “What we cannot accept is the perpetuation of power. We cannot accept that senators be allowed to vote for a prime minister. “
He said his party would only embrace those parties that truly emanate from the voice of the people.
In a similar note, Mr Voranai raised the question of why Thailand remains a developing country with the kind of budgets it spends each year while other countries exceed it.
“Our aim is to advance politics, economy, society and education.
“We are nobody’s candidate. If we become the government, we will never throw a banana [skin] to reporters, pat our subordinates’ heads or spray [alcohol] on the people. Our goal is to develop the country, but there is a problem – we need 376 MPs to reform the country, “he said, referring to the magical number of MPs needed to vote on a prime minister of theirs. choice without being overturned by the senators appointed under the constitution currently in force.
The first thing the new party would do if given the chance would be to shut down the bogus information center and replace it with the Center for Freedom of Thought in order to really hear people, Voranai said.
Mr Apirak said that for 11 years he was the leader of a party and that he was desperate to have been able to do something meaningful for the country.
“But now I see in us defending democracy and overcoming conflicts … If this were allowed, the first thing I would do would be to promote understanding and national unity,” he said.
Ms Nitchanat said she would promote rights, freedom and equality among all groups and eliminate discrimination based on sex, especially in the workplace.
“We all have the same potential, if only we were allowed to pursue our goals,” she said.