By Juthathip Lucksanawong
NIKORN CHAMNONG, CHART THAI PATTANA PARTY’S DIRECTOR AND FORMER MP
Even if the draft is passed, my life will not change, as I will continue doing my duty as a politician. I have been in politics for nearly 30 years and have seen political changes and reform.
In terms of society, after approval, we will see great changes in several dimensions. Things will change and it will depend on us to see if we can get along with the changes or not.
PINKAEW LAUNGARAMSRI, SOCIOLOGIST AT CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY
A constitution that fails to link to people, devalues people’s rights and power, deteriorates representative democracy and empowers a bureaucratic state will plague people’s lives.
Economic crises and political corruption will be more problematic and nobody will be responsible for this.
In my view, people do not seem to have the power to conduct checks on the state under this draft. For academics, their role in criticising the bureaucratic state would be considerably limited. Meanwhile, I think many of the upcoming organic laws would dramatically infringe upon people’s rights to express their opinions.
CHUWAT RERKSIRISUK, PRACHATAI’S MANAGING |EDITOR
Life as a journalist will not be the same. The draft will result in political conflicts and I will have to keep an eye on unstable politics.
Once the draft is approved, people’s rights and liberty will be corroded. The next government will be greatly influenced by the ruling military regime, which will appoint 250 senators. Demonstrations are bound to erupt and we will see an economic slowdown.
The international community will not trust or accept us. Political turmoil will hit foreign investment, followed by high levels of unemployment.
KRIT MAHATON, AN ISAAN VILLAGER
My life will be bad if the draft is passed. The economy will slow down, while the cost of living will be higher.
I believe there will be no welfare for the elderly as it will be cut. I have also learned that there will be no policy for the grassroots level nor will there be 15 years of free education.
People will live in a climate of fear because their community leaders and state officers will collaborate with the powers-that-be and the military. Villagers like me are somehow wondering what is going to happen if the draft is approved.