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    Premier vows close links with military

    Premier vows close links with military - The Nation

    Premier vows close links with military

    The Nation December 10, 2011 1:00 am


    Yingluck visits Defence Ministry, promises lunch meetings with Armed Forces every 2 months


    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday vowed that her government would not meddle in military affairs but would work closely with the top brass to protect the monarchy as well as ensure security, reconciliation and peace.

    "The government and Armed Forces share the same aspirations, including the heeding of the royal advice to address the plight of the people," she said after her introductory visit to the Defence Ministry.

    Yingluck said civilian and military leaders would work in concerted effort to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and the monarchy.

    As an immediate priority, the government and the military would focus on post-flood reconstruction, she said, adding that future cooperation would see the involvement of the military in infrastructure development.

    Commenting on the thorny issue of amending the Defence Ministry Administration Act to curb the military's powers on job assignments, she said the issue had not come up at this juncture.

    She said her government and the military would strive to prevent abuses being heaped on the monarchy, vowing to bring about a better understanding in the face of royal insults.

    "I don't want to fault any group, since I believe in the loyalty of everyone and their good intentions to advance the country," she said.

    Led by Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha, the top brass organised a fanfare welcoming ceremony for the country's first female prime minister.

    At the start of her visit, Yingluck paid her respects before a picture of King Chulalongkorn, founder of the modern Armed Forces, before inspecting the Guard of Honour.

    Yuthasak gave a briefing on his ministerial work as well as the military line of command before hosting a luncheon for the prime minister.

    In a gesture of strengthening government-military ties, Yingluck is planning to visit the Army, Navy and Air Force in due course.

    Yuthasak told reporters later that the prime minister did not make any comment on any specific military affairs but asked how the military could repair damage caused by the major floods.

    The Armed Forces have proposed a budget for their rehabilitation and recovery plan of the units affected by the flood. The prime minister had no problem with the budget request but just questioned why the Air Force had proposed a bigger budget than the others. She recommended adjustment of the budget and setting priorities for spending, Yuthasak said.

    The top brass explained to Yingluck their budget plan and expenses, which were trimmed down, he said.

    "We told the prime minister that if the government would be able to allocate some Bt1 billion more, it would allow the Armed Forces to fulfil their strategic plan," Yuthasak said, and noted that Yingluck would consider the needs of the military.

    Yingluck told the commanders that she would regularly visit and have lunch with the Armed Forces every two months to get familiar with them, according to Yuthasak.

    Asked whether the planned regular visits showed her mistrust of the Armed Forces, Yuthasak said the government trusted the military but the regular meetings would open more chances for two-way communication.

    "The prime minister has been satisfied with the military over the past three months in office," he said, "notably the military role in helping the government fight the flood disaster."
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    A very comprehensive article on the prime Minister, with voluminous quotes and expansive photo's.

    The most thorough coverage I have seen of Ms. Y's activity.

    The Nation doing a wonderful job of giving impartial and extremely detailed reporting of a significant day in the life of the Prime Minister.

    Truly admirable coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    "I don't want to fault any group, since I believe in the loyalty of everyone and their good intentions to advance the country," she said.
    Key statement. I hope she can act on it.

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    I think I would do her.

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    Just looked at a couple more pics.
    I would do her, but I wouldn't pay.
    Might buy a lady drink.

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    All very nice, but one of Thailand's biggest challenges remains incrementally bringing the military under civilian control.

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    Well.. she realises that the army bosses need to be bribed more.
    Obviously her brother was a bit kee neow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    All very nice, but one of Thailand's biggest challenges remains incrementally bringing the military under civilian control.
    Like the BiB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    All very nice, but one of Thailand's biggest challenges remains incrementally bringing the military under civilian control.
    One of many expectations of the PTP.

    And their room for taking the path-of-least-resistance is diminishing.

    I understand Ms. Y. is being called for "consultations' regularly by somebody, but equal pressure is beginning to build from other sources.

    Particularly elements within the UDD, which in turn is making the UDD become more vociforous about expecting to see concrete actions with respect to issues important to the Red Shirt rank and file.

    Issues such as:
    • eliminating that military coup constitution in large part structured to justify their coup,
    • rectifying the political prisoner thing considering they are political prisoners of the previous Govt,
    • Other double standards issues
    • The efficacy of a certain law.

    Just relocating the political prisoners to a more comfortable location is not enough.

    Yesterday's rally more adamant elements of the UDD (not the Nathawut/Jatuporn elements) was very well received.

    The next one is planned for Ratchaprasong for next Sunday, the 18th. I may attend it as well, seeing as I need to do some stocking up at Foodland anyway(btw, has the Nana Foodland been re-opened? It has been closed for renovation).

    There seems to be increasing emphasis on a particular law, considering it has been used against UDD leadership, simply for trying to re-balance Govtl. circumstances.

    There may be no longer an appetite for simply tinkering with it, but rather abolishing it.

    This Govts. handling of the NITIRAT proposals in the New Year, will go a long way to rendering judgment on the question, "is this Govt. just another side of an Amart coin"

    I am sure they will not want to be catagorized as such, if they hope to be successful in the future.
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    No problems with the military : PM - The Nation

    Defence Act

    No problems with the military : PM

    The Nation December 14, 2011 1:00 am


    PM mum on move to amend defence act; denies any distrust between govt and forces


    Prime Minister Yingluck Shina-watra was coy yesterday on the potentially explosive plan to wrest some control from the military by amending the Defence Ministry Administration Act, saying nothing would go against right "principles".

    Meeting military top brass for another day, the prime minister voiced confidence in the mutual trust between her government and the military, ruling out concern about being ousted by a coup like her brother Thaksin.

    "I have confidence in my striving to serve the public and no one should speculate on my end because only the people can be the judge," she said.

    Yingluck was talking to reporters after her introductory visit to the Supreme Command headquarters.

    She admitted that as the country's first female prime minister, she had initial reservations about the Armed Forces but her concerns were allayed after meeting and working with the military leaders.

    Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha led the top commanders to welcome her with all the usual pomp, including a guard of honour inspection, organised indoors to be spared the scorching sun.

    Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimapakorn accompanied the prime minister to tour the headquarters, including the main communications room where the joint chiefs of staff monitor the situation.

    In her policy statement given to the military, Yingluck emphasised two security priorities: safeguarding the monarchy and bringing about reconciliation.

    She said all her fellow Thais shared the same aspiration as the government and the Armed Forces to ensure national unity.

    She said her government was looking forward to working with the Armed Forces, particularly the Military Development Corps, to improve the country's infrastructure.

    She said the government and the military had proved they could work together well during the flood crisis.

    She pledged to back the military development and expected, in return, cooperation from the Armed Forces in dealing with security issues.

    Regarding the push to amend the Defence Ministry Administration Act, she said she had not had time to review the issue and did not expect the debate on the provisions on military appointments to come up at this juncture.

    "My priority is to work with the Armed Forces in addressing the people's grievances," she said.

    Although certain Pheu Thai MPs might have wanted to amend the military provisions, the Cabinet would have the final say on whether to sponsor the proposed amendments, she said.

    "We have to differentiate between people's rights to say things they like and the fact that the final decision on such matters rests with the Cabinet," she said.

    The alleged plan to amend the act would give the government more power in key military reshuffles, which are currently in the hands of a defence committee dominated by top-ranking soldiers.

    Yingluck said she had complete confidence in the Armed Forces, quelling speculation about distrust between the government and the military.

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    ^ Well I wouldn't trust the military junta faschist bstards as far as I could throw em

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nation
    safeguarding the monarchy
    This comes up repeatedly and I just don't understand why.

    I have never heard of any move anywhere, or anyone anywhere, suggest to do away with the Constitutional Monarchy form of Govt.

    Where is the threat?

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    well, i am reassured the pm kowtows to the military.

    insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    No problems with the military : PM - The Nation

    Defence Act

    No problems with the military : PM

    The Nation December 14, 2011 1:00 am


    PM mum on move to amend defence act; denies any distrust between govt and forces


    Prime Minister Yingluck Shina-watra was coy yesterday on the potentially explosive plan to wrest some control from the military by amending the Defence Ministry Administration Act, saying nothing would go against right "principles".

    Meeting military top brass for another day, the prime minister voiced confidence in the mutual trust between her government and the military, ruling out concern about being ousted by a coup like her brother Thaksin.

    "I have confidence in my striving to serve the public and no one should speculate on my end because only the people can be the judge," she said.

    Yingluck was talking to reporters after her introductory visit to the Supreme Command headquarters.

    She admitted that as the country's first female prime minister, she had initial reservations about the Armed Forces but her concerns were allayed after meeting and working with the military leaders.

    Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha led the top commanders to welcome her with all the usual pomp, including a guard of honour inspection, organised indoors to be spared the scorching sun.

    Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimapakorn accompanied the prime minister to tour the headquarters, including the main communications room where the joint chiefs of staff monitor the situation.

    In her policy statement given to the military, Yingluck emphasised two security priorities: safeguarding the monarchy and bringing about reconciliation.

    She said all her fellow Thais shared the same aspiration as the government and the Armed Forces to ensure national unity.

    She said her government was looking forward to working with the Armed Forces, particularly the Military Development Corps, to improve the country's infrastructure.

    She said the government and the military had proved they could work together well during the flood crisis.

    She pledged to back the military development and expected, in return, cooperation from the Armed Forces in dealing with security issues.

    Regarding the push to amend the Defence Ministry Administration Act, she said she had not had time to review the issue and did not expect the debate on the provisions on military appointments to come up at this juncture.

    "My priority is to work with the Armed Forces in addressing the people's grievances," she said.

    Although certain Pheu Thai MPs might have wanted to amend the military provisions, the Cabinet would have the final say on whether to sponsor the proposed amendments, she said.

    "We have to differentiate between people's rights to say things they like and the fact that the final decision on such matters rests with the Cabinet," she said.

    The alleged plan to amend the act would give the government more power in key military reshuffles, which are currently in the hands of a defence committee dominated by top-ranking soldiers.

    Yingluck said she had complete confidence in the Armed Forces, quelling speculation about distrust between the government and the military.
    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    Bangkok Post : Yingluck doesn't expect army to launch coup d'etat attempt

    Yingluck doesn't expect army to launch coup d'etat attemptPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra does not expect the military to topple her government as they did with the administration of her elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.


    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra inspects an honour guard with Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn during her visit to the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok yesterday. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD

    During her visit to the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok yesterday, reporters asked the prime minister if she was afraid of a coup because the key military officers who had ousted Thaksin's government on Sept 19, 2006, remain in active positions.

    "I am confident I am working at my best for the people who trust me and I will do my best for Thailand. I believe that as I have this intention, I must seek fair treatment from everyone," Ms Yingluck said in a press conference with the supreme commander and the chiefs of the armed forces sitting behind her.

    The prime minister said the armed forces should have no problems with her as they shared the same goals of working for national peace, the people's happiness and protecting the monarchy.

    As reporters repeatedly asked if she was really sure there would be no coup d'etat against her government, Ms Yingluck said she was confident of this. She then had Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn answer the question too.

    "We confirm that the armed forces are ready to do our best to support government policies for national unity and progress. Everyone can be assured that we can support the government at full capacity," Gen Thanasak said.

    He also said if the government assigned the armed forces to do the right things, then they would deliver beyond what the government expected.

    Reporters then sought Ms Yingluck's comments on moves by MPs from her Pheu Thai Party to amend the Defence Act to allow politicians to influence military reshuffles. In response, Ms Yingluck said she did not raise the matter with the top brass yesterday.

    She said she did not want to discuss the issue for the time being as she was focusing on working with the armed forces to relieve the people's hardship.

    The prime minister promised that her government would support necessary armed forces' projects financially to develop their capacities.
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    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/loca...-post-yingluck

    Army chief to stay in post: Yingluck

    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed that army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha will not be transferred.

    "Since I assumed the premiership, I have never interfered in military affairs. Gen Prayuth is still performing his duty [as army chief]," Ms Yingluck said when asked by reporters if she wanted to retain him as army commander-in-chief.

    The prime minister yesterday visited the Internal Security Operations Command and the army. She was warmly greeted by the top brass before chairing the Isoc meeting as director of the agency and was briefed about its work.

    She asked the Isoc to strictly adhere to His Majesty the King's working approach of understanding (khao jai), accessibility (khao thueng), and development (pattana) in carrying out its duties in the far South.

    She said she would assign Pol Gen Kowit Wattana, deputy prime minister, to chair the Isoc's board.

    Ms Yingluck vowed to foster national reconciliation. She called for cooperation from all of society to help push for reconciliation in a bid to restore peace. She thanked the army for its flood relief work.

    During the meeting, Gen Prayuth said the army stands ready to serve the government around the clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LooseBowels View Post
    ^ Well I wouldn't trust the military junta faschist bstards as far as I could throw em
    There is only one entity the military extend loyalty and trust towards.

    Historic trust.

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    Bangkok Post : Govt, Army face uneasy alliance

    Govt, Army face uneasy alliance

    Despite flood cooperation and efforts on both sides to develop a good working relationship, contentious points could raise tensions

    Despite close cooperation in the fight against floods, the army and the government enter 2012 facing contentious issues that may test their relationship.

    "My standpoint never changes. I stand on my own feet," army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters when asked if he has changed positions and now favours Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

    The question was in response to the close cooperation Gen Prayuth has been seen giving the government in dealing with the floods and the fact that he has refrained from criticising her administration.

    The Pheu Thai-led government did not touch the army chief in the military reshuffle in September. But it remains to be seen whether the government will attempt to remove Gen Prayuth or wait until he retires in 2014.

    He may enjoy protection from the 2008 Defence Administration Act, which requires military reshuffles to be the resolutions of a committee comprising the defence permanent secretary, the supreme commander, the armed forces chiefs and the defence minister.

    Gen Prayuth commanded the forces that toppled the government of Yingluck's elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, in the Sept 19, 2006 coup and played an important role in cracking down on pro-Thaksin red shirt demonstrators during the tenure of the Democrat Party-led government.

    But he has remained in his position despite the Thaksin-backed Pheu Thai Party winning last July's elections.

    Ms Yingluck has never promised that she wouldn't move the army chief out of his position. She only said: "Since I took office, I have never intervened in the army and Gen Prayuth still continues with this responsibility."

    Many soldiers in the Pheu Thai camp want the government to replace the army chief but they are also afraid of another coup.

    Soldiers expect severe political unrest this year as the government pushes for an amnesty for Thaksin. This may bring supporters and opponents onto the streets, prompting the army to intervene.

    In 2008, the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions sentenced Thaksin to two years in jail for helping his ex-wife buy a state-owned land plot in Bangkok. He fled Thailand just before the verdict was announced.

    What could set the army against the government is Pheu Thai's move to amend the Defence Administration Act to give the defence minister sole authority to make decisions on military reshuffles.

    Pheu Thai's attempt to put pressure on soldiers to take responsibility for the deaths of red shirt protesters in the 2010 crackdown could be a reason to move Gen Prayuth into the position of defence permanent secretary in place of Gen Sathian Phoemthong-in, who will retire in September.

    The army is also unhappy with the government's agreement to withdraw troops from the vicinity of the disputed Preah Vihear temple.

    But a source close to Gen Prayuth said no soldiers wanted a coup and neither did Gen Prayuth, but no one guaranteed there would not be one.

    Gen Prayuth has set up 45 "peace-keeping" companies to cope with possible political turmoil.

    Meanwhile, a soldier allied to Pheu Thai said opponents of the government were waiting to woo the army to topple Ms Yingluck's cabinet. The government was worried that bombings would happen to create unrest, the source added.

    Pheu Thai's Chalerm Yubamrung has blamed recent bombing attempts on "Gen P" and two persons with the initial "P" and indicated that they were behind the 2006 coup.

    "The same old people are still there and are planning every means to topple the government including a coup," said Gen Panlop Pinmanee, an adviser to the prime minister.

    The government is trying to secure support from the military by meeting budgetary demands from armed forces chiefs, while the prime minister has visited the armed forces and proposed lunch with its chiefs every two months.

    "Otherwise, it will push the armed forces to take side with opponents again," said a source.

    Gen Prayuth has shown his support for the government and refrained from criticising it. But the army chief's loyalty to the monarchy ensures that he would fight any attempts to amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code that would compromise protection for the royal institution.

    Note: The Bangkok Post has picked seven issues that are expected to dominate the news this year. These issues could lead to drastic changes in the political, economic and social landscapes. This is the third part of a seven-part series.

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    Bangkok Post : Govt, Army face uneasy alliance
    The question was in response to the close cooperation Gen Prayuth has been seen giving the government
    As if he had a choice.

    Paraphrasing an Amsterdam comment previously, anytime a military General is quoted in the media independent of his political masters, is the surest indication of non-democratic political realities in a country.

    Not that this is new to anyone.

    This article simply is an example of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Gen Prayuth has set up 45 "peace-keeping" companies to cope with possible political turmoil.
    Looks like 2012 is another Coup year

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    "The government is trying to secure support from the military by meeting big bribery demands from armed forces chiefs, while the prime minister has visited the armed forces and proposed short time with its chiefs every two months".

    Mended it.

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