Sira Jenjaka, a member of the National Reform Council, yesterday vowed to return all his salary and benefits for failing to push for passage of the draft constitution against what he claimed was intense lobbying.
He also said he would sue two fellow NRC members – Wanchai Sornsiri and Amorn Wanich-wiwatana – for declaring that they would overturn the draft and thus cause damage to the government.
After the NRC rejected the draft charter, he said he was ready to refund Bt1.7 million today because the 11 months that the NRC worked to compose the new constitution ended up in vain, resulting in the loss of about Bt1 billion for the government.
“I urge dissenting members to show their responsibility. I feel sorry for the public, as this is the best constitution for the nation but they don’t even get a chance to read it.
“As far as I know, there was strong lobbying to reject the draft,” he said.
The vote came out this way because of four reasons, he said.
First, there was an announcement while the draft was still unfinished that they would overturn the draft, and second, some had admitted that they would vote to disagree with the draft even though it was good because they wanted to avoid conflict.
Third, two NRC members lobbied against the draft, claiming that it was on orders from the higher authority, and last, some despised the draft and voted to kill it.
“I would like to ask people to remember the names of the NRC members who voted down the draft and see whether they become members of the reform mobilising council in the future,” he added.