Monday, February 16, 2009

Amnesty for Thaksin? What's the hurry?

Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva has not publicly rejected the proposed bill to offer amnesty to politicians affected by the Sept 19,2006 coup. But when he was asked about the issue in his weekly television show yesterday, the obvious response was: "What's the hurry?"

He was careful not to be seen to be blocking the move which could also benefit some of his coalition partners, though. Abhisit did inject a cautious note: Politicians shouldn't be seen to be acting on bills that could be seen to constitute conflicts of interests.

In other words, let the pro-Thaksin elements do what they are supposed to do. But other politicians shouldn't just jump on the bandwagon simply because they, too, could get a free ride.

In other words, don't undermine the public's faith when it is needed the most.

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