In his New Year's message for the National Council for Peace and Order, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Monday (Jan 1) that he wished the junta keeps promises it gave to the Thai people to bring about security for the country and its people.
Although he shared differing views with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on several issues, he said he wished the junta success in the administration of the country, noting that this was also the wish of the Thai people that they expected as a New Year's gift from the NCPO.
As for the people in general, Mr Abhisit said that he wished all the bad things of last year be a matter of the past and would not be repeated this year.
Economy wise, the Democrat party leader said that although economic growth for this year was projected to improve compared to the preceding year, Thailand's growth rate was the lowest in the region.
Also, improved growth rate did not mean the livelihood of the Thai people would improve accordingly, said Mr Abhisit, adding that the government should revise its economic policy and its implementation.
He cited an analogy of a scholar, saying that what the government has been doing now is to use a locomotive to pull the rest of the people in the carriages, but the problem is that the locomotive was not hooked with the carriages.
Commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak's ambitious claim that the government would be able to get rid of poverty this year and there would be no poor people in the country, Mr Abhisit said that if poor people were to become non-existent, the word poor people would have to be redefined.
He noted that it would be impossible for poverty to be weeded out.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)