Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday the crisis over the spread of a fake charter draft should be turned into an opportunity to increase public interest about the upcoming referendum on the real draft.
“People who do not yet know what is happening will know that we are holding a referendum on the charter,” he said.
He said officials had discovered that copies of the fake charter draft were delivered by post to constituents in the North and Northeast.
Thousands of the fakes were delivered by post in Chiang Mai districts. They distort the draft in relation to alleged deprivation of important rights.
The fake charter claimed that the draft might eliminate several rights including free universal healthcare because it said only the poor would be eligible for the scheme.
It also said many people aged over 60 years might lose welfare benefits because the state would support only people whose incomes were not adequate to live on.
The fake draft stated that free education for the last three years of secondary school students might also be scrapped.