Kantathi, Thaksin's Accomplice Who Always Shares
( Last edit 2009-05-18 )
Kantathi likes sharing anything with Thaksin.
He shared the same second cabinet with Thaksin's second term, rising up to the Foreign Minister seat in April 2005 after Surakiat Sathienthai. He has been an active one of the right hands of Thaksin in the foreign frontline. Once during his office, he proposed a hiring of some foreign lobbyists to ease negotiation between Thailand and USA. Later, when Thaksin was ousted after September 19, 2006 Thaksin opted the hiring of lobbyists to fight back the Thai governments to resume his corrupt wealth.
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He shares the wealth. According to his own report to National Counter Corrupiton Committee revealed in October 2005, before entering his office, declaring his assets of 4 billion baht, he was named the richest in Thaksin's cabinet minister, certainly after that crook family of Thaksin who declared the assets of over 10 billion baht.
Additional remark: Whether or not, Kantathi shared the same domesitc hiding of assets with his proxies, his gardener, driver and servants, like Thaksin family did, is still to be investigated. Certainly, abroad, Thaksin as a PM then had illegally hid lots of money worth billions USD from the NCCC. A definite proof was his money out-of-no-where for buying Manchester City football club while in exile in 2005.
He shares, for certain with Thaksin, the awareness of the rumour around the foreign office how a top rank person in the foreign office, got promoted so high through a 100 million baht (3 million USD) cash deal paid to the lady in charge. The wealthy family who paid cash just thought that the seat was worth for the son's and the family's fame despite of his actual lack of capability in foreign affairs.
He shared the fun. The photo above caught only millionaires on stage. Lady Wiriya Chawakul, the famous celebrity lady, Thaksin, Potjaman and Kantathi have been close friends since their heydays when, apart from sharing the party, might have had shared mutual secretive business interests.
He shared the same verdict as judged by the constitution judges, that their Thai Rak Thai party had committed electoral frauds to the extent that it had jeopardized the country's Costitutional Democracy. Consequently, as the 1997 constitution stipulated, he shares the same sentence with Thaksin and other 109 Thai Rak Thai committee, that is to refrain from politics for five years.
He shares the fugitive self-exile path out of Thailand like Thaksin. Kantathi can conveniently afford to stay in California where he did his qualifications, and now preaching words of false peace and fake democracy along the same messages like what Thaksin has been lying. However, for his worse-off boss, though Thaksin did his Criminology doctorate degree in USA, Thaksin, being an actual and proven criminal himself, is now too fearful to enter USA and has to keep moving hiding from the interpol with an on-sale Nicaraguan's Investment Ambassador Passport.
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He shares now the same Hate Campaign against Democracy, Justice, and Patriotism, to stay ouf of their shared painful decisive facts with Thaksin, calling for delusive peace and illusive reconciliation in Thai society. But what for and for whom, if not for a white wash laundering of himself and Thaksin, his chief international terrorist in-exile as the source of violence in their motherland witnessed by the US government.
Kantathi's Hate Campaign
The hate campaign in Thailand, which started in 2005 and intensified in 2008, has been successful and has polarized the Thai society to an unprecedented degree. It is time to reset Thailand's domestic politics before it is too late.
It was frightening then to notice that the themes and the words used were similar to the ones used in Rwanda, which led to genocide in that country 15 years ago.
The success of the hate campaign owed much to the round-the-clock live television, broadcasting and reaffirming hate messages. This was supplemented by demonstrations and rallies, including the occupation of Government House and the closure of international airports by demonstrators wearing yellow shirts, members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), determined to bring down several elected governments. The PAD has called for a parliament to be dominated by appointed, rather than elected members.
These events sent a strong message that illegal acts, detrimental to Thailand's national interest and with the aim of bringing down elected governments, are acceptable in Thailand. The military did not react to enforce the law against the "Yellow Shirts".
Earlier this month, following the examples set by the "Yellow Shirts", an opposing group of people, members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), wearing red shirts, took to the streets to demand a return of full democracy to Thailand. A regional summit was abruptly cancelled as a result, and this time, the military reacted swiftly to enforce the law against the "Red Shirts".
Opposing groups in Thailand now see the situation as a "zero sum game," in which if one side wins, the other side loses. With this attitude, there is no possibility of a settlement with mutual gains.
As events developed following the coup, many Thais became convinced that there is a double standard in Thailand in which members of one side can break the law with impunity while members of the other side are subjected to maximum punishment.
Both sides used strong personal attacks on key personalities, resorting to emotional accusations. In this way, action leads to reaction, escalating into violence. The situation is grim, and there is real potential for things to get worse, leading Thais into the abyss together.
How can we put an end to this escalation of conflict?
The only way out that I can see is to borrow the words of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. On that occasion, mindful of deteriorating relations between Russia and the United States, she said, "Let us press the reset button." I now say, it is time to press the reset button for Thailand.
A fresh start for Thailand is needed urgently. This means nothing less than the immediate change in assumptions and attitudes for all sides, followed immediately by constructive action. But how?
1. Thais must stop using their time, energy and brain power to attack and destroy one another. Instead, these resources should be used by Thais to jointly find solutions agreeable to all sides through constructive negotiation and dialogue. This means all sides must stop seeing the situation as a "zero sum game." Attitudes must change to enable all sides to see that a "positive sum game" or a "win-win" situation is possible, one in which all sides, by working together, can gain together and save the kingdom.
2. Thais must separate the people from the problem -- and stop trying to find creative ways to destroy one another. We must resist the temptation to act against someone on the basis of assumptions based on rumors or unverified accusations. Personal attacks only lead to counter personal attacks and the hardening of opposite positions. This must end.
3. Instead of declaring positions and thinking that we cannot back down from the declared positions without losing face, let us focus on our underlying interests and work together to find common ground. We are all Thais. We have lived happily together for over 800 years. There is no reason why we cannot work together now.
4. All Thais must have good reasons to be convinced that there is no double standard in Thailand. Due process of law must apply to all Thais, regardless of which side the person may be perceived to be from. All Thais, whether they are rich or poor, whether they are from Bangkok or from the rural areas, must be made to feel that they are all Thai citizens, with equal rights under the same law. This includes voting rights.
5. We should avoid the retroactive application of laws which take away people's rights, such as the one by which if one executive of a political party is found guilty of violating election law, the entire political party can be disbanded and all party executives lose their rights to vote in local and national elections and are prohibited from holding political positions for 5 years. In addition, the principle of proportionality should be applied when punishments are handed down by the courts.
6. We must stop debating whether or not there is a double standard in Thailand from the 2006 coup d'etat, until now. Debates on this point are counterproductive, since they can only help entrench the polarized positions of each side. Except for very serious crimes of which the evidence is clear, the fact that a significant part of the Thai society feels that there is a double standard is enough to trigger amnesty across the political board.
7. Controversial provisions of the 2007 constitution must be revised to be more consistent with democracy.
8. The results of our next elections must be respected. All political parties have ample time to design effective strategies to win elections. Resorting to illegal means to reverse election results must not be condoned.
I want to see the day when all Thais can walk proudly together, wearing whatever color shirts we like, uniting together in a just society and working together to enable the kingdom to succeed with flying colors under globalization.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has often emphasized that he is determined to bring about reconciliation by the promotion of justice, democracy and political reform, including the amendment of the constitution. He said that he would invite all parties concerned to discuss ways for the country to move forward. The formation of a truly impartial and independent body, acceptable to all parties concerned, to help with the reconciliation process, would be helpful. It is now time to Reset Thailand by translating those noble words into concrete actions.
A Letter From a Patriotic Thai in Reply to Kantathi's Fake Reconciliation Campaign
The peaceful protesting against the Thaksin Shinawatra’s Government in early 2005, and the peaceful protesting against both Samak Sundaravej’s Government and Somchai Wongsawat’s Government that started in May of 2008 are not a Hate Campaigns. They were rallies which were organized by the People’s Alliance for Democracy(PAD) , a group of Thais who could no longer stand the abuse of government power, the widespread corruption, and the immoral acts by those corrupt governments.
The Courts have ruled that both the Thai Rak Thai Party, and the People’s Power Party (the successor of Thai Rak Thai Party) have violated the Thai Election Law of the Thai Constitutional Court and both parties have been dissolved by the court. Both parties manipulated and fixed election results to benefit themselves. When they took power, they controlled the majority of media in Thailand by paying large sums of money to media outlets. Those media outlets ignored the facts and supported the illegal activities of the corrupt government leaders. PAD reported the numerous corrupt activities of Thaksin Shinawatra and his fellows to the public at the rally. That was just the beginning of PAD’s efforts to expose Thaksin’s illegal activities. It was as if PAD had lit the candle to destroy the darkness of Thaksin’s lies and propaganda.
The objective of the 193 days of peaceful protesting against the Samak Sundaravej’s Government and Somchai Wongsawat’s Government, the brother-in-law of Thaksin, by the PAD in May 2008 was to keep the Samak Sundaravej's Government from amending the constitution. The People’s Power Party wanted to grant amnesty to all Thai Rak Thai members who were punished and banned from any involvement in Thai politics because their illegal acts had violated the Thai Election Law. Additionally, Thaksin and many in his cabinet had been under the investigation for numerous illegal activities and had abused government power for their own benefit. There are many pending cases against those Thaksin’s regime politicians, and they realized that the results would turn negative for them including Thaksin himself.
During the protesting of those two governments by the PAD, most of the violence was caused by the Thaksin’s Regime who was in power at the time. The tragedy on October 7, 2008 killed and wounded innocent people. The Somchai's government ordered police to use violent force and weapons against the protesters. There were many deaths and injuries as the result of their barbaric acts.
Sure, one of the PAD’s purposes was to bring down the Thaksin’s Regime Governments. The reason was simple: why would you want to let the corrupt government run the country when they had manipulated the election twice?
The vote buying and the manipulation of the election results in Thailand are the most difficult problems to solve. This is due to the economic problems, the lack of education level of the people, and the freedom of the press. The PAD has tried to come up with many ideas to solve this problem by coming up with a campaign called the New Politics. This has been their obstacle and challenges because greedy politicians have mislead the Thai society that the election itself is democratic. However, they purposely ignore many others fundamental rights that have been suppressed like the freedom of political expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
Thaksin Shinnawatra fled Thailand just right before the Thai Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison for abuse of power in allowing his wife to purchase a plot of land at a government auction when he was still in office. Since then, he masterminded and supported numerous of illegal political activities
in order to continue asserting his power in Thai politics, but all of those acts have been a failed.
In March of 2009, Thaksin masterminded the protest against the Democrat Government. He publicly supported the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known for wearing red shirts, to cause a chaos in Thailand by carrying out violence and terrorist activities. His objective was to use the bloodshed as an excuse to request the King of Thailand to intervene and grant amnesty to all parties involve. He hoped that he would be immune from liability of pending cases against him in which investigations had already begun.
Mr. Kantathi, you purposely misled the public that the peaceful protests of the PAD and that the terrorist acts by the UDD, which supported by Thaksin, were the same. You had also made an accusation that the current Thai government has applied a double standard for these two different actions. Your article is clearly biased for the benefit of your previous employer and his people.
Mr. Kantathi, you unfairly refer to the words, “Let us press the reset button”, of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that she used for the deteriorating relation between the US and the Russia. This is too convenient for you. The current situation in Thailand is between right and wrong. It’s not the conflict of the relationship between the two parties. You have manipulated the fact by borrowing her words. You requested Thais to stop debating who was right and who was wrong. You realized that Thaksin’s regime is losing and the truth will be revealed soon, don’t you? Do you think that Mrs. Clinton would use her words, “Let us press the reset button,” for the situation between the U.S. government and the Al-Qaeda?
Mr. Kantathi, in my opinion, all eight proposals you made for the fresh start for Thailand are the requests of the those who have lost the fight, politically, morally, and ethically. The government must proceed with the rules of law. The Thai justice system must making findings of fact and make the judgments by applying the law to those set of facts. Anybody who breaks the law needs to be punished. This should apply to both ordinary citizens and especially to politicians. There is no “win-win” situation in this case. The justice must be served. Thais must realize that the PAD protesting and the UDD’s terrorism acts are not the same. The “zero sum game” can not be used to compare these two different actions.