Sunday, July 11, 2010

Siam Twins don't promise a miracle


They call themselves Thailand's political "Siam Twins" and they certainly realize that expectations are high for them to produce a miracle of a national reform "action plan."

But Anand Panyarachun and Prawase Wasi are realistic enough to know that it's easier said than done. That's why Anand has made it known that the success of the mission to reform Thailand won't rest with the two Siam Twins or the 46 other committee members of the two commissions (one is called the Reform Thailand Committee and the other is known as the Reform Assembly).

"It's going to require the contribution from everybody in the country," Anand declared.

The fact that both have been able to recruit some of the country's best-known intellectuals and activists are already a small miracle itself. But the real test will be when they submit their full report at the end of their three-year tenure.

By then, nobody is quite sure who's the prime minister to preside over the ceremony to accept the Action Plan.