Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra broke his long silence, complaining that he has always been unfairly blamed for being behind all the untoward incidents that happened in the country be it the Ratchaprasong bomb explosion or the multiple bomb attacks in southern provinces.
Not only himself, he complained that his family was also subjected to the unfair treatment and smear campaign, citing the government’s use of the miracle of law to demand tax and fine from his family for the sale of Shin Corp’s shares to Singapore’s Temasak Holdings.
Writing in his Facebook page on Friday, the exiled former prime minister said that he had to speak out this time because he could no longer accept the malicious allegations hurled against him, including the allegation that he was involved in a plot to overthrow the constitutional democracy with the King as the head of state.
He insisted that he has been loyal to the Monarchy and fully supportive of constitutional democracy. On the contrary, he noted that military dictatorship poses greater threat to democracy system.
Thaksin said he would like the people to acknowledge that he was willing to bear the pains and the feeling of loneliness for living in exile almost 11 years now just for the sake of reconciliation and for the country to be able to move forward.
As for the reconciliation roadmap being pushed by the government, the former prime minister pleaded with all parties concerned to exclude him from the reconciliation plan, saying that he didn’t want anyone to make any proposal to help him.
I am an ordinary man, from an ordinary family. And, today, I am still that ordinary man. I consider myself very lucky to be born in the reign of His Majesty the King and had served the country in various capacities for the past 35 years. And will continue to serve the Nation, the Religion and the Monarchy that I hold in high respect for the rest of my life, he said at the end of his statement.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)