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Election won’t change anything, says first-time voter

Mar 24. 2019
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By Phuwit Limviphuwat
The Nation

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Poompetch Kaewkanchanaroj, a 23-year-old who works in marketing, believes the polls will not bring any significant changes to Thai politics.

“The roots of Thailand’s political problems lie in our flawed education system. No matter who wins in this election, there would always be a vocal group that would oppose them,” he said

Poompetch urged voters to judge parties based on their economic and education policies and to have a clear understanding of the economy.

“Less educated voters may not understand that some short-term gains from the policies proposed by different political parties may lead to long-term problems for the Thai economy,” he argued.

For example, hiking the minimum wage may only bring short-term benefits for the poor, but may lead to inflation, higher cost of living and high unemployment in the long-run, he said.

“For these reasons, progress in Thai politics may be slow as misinformation, fake news and poor education are widespread,” he explained. “We can only hope for long-term gradual change at this point.”

Poompetch echoed the younger generation’s discontent with the current administration, calling for a change in the way the country is governed.

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