ThaiCham urges non-vi­o­lent res­o­lu­tion


Mem­bers of the pri­vate sec­tor yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­cerns that antigov­ern­ment protests would in­ten­sify af­ter par­lia­ment de­ferred the char­ter re­write vote by one month.

Six pro­posed drafts were tabled with the House, but govern­ment coali­tion MPs and sen­a­tors de­layed a vote on whether to ac­cept them for a first read­ing un­til Novem­ber. Stu­dent ac­tivists have been ral­ly­ing to de­mand a char­ter re­write.

Kalin Sarasin, chair­man of the Thai Cham­ber of Com­merce, said the busi­ness com­mu­nity hopes the govern­ment and par­lia­ment will han­dle the char­ter amend­ment is­sue with­out re­sort­ing to a con­fronta­tion with the stu­dents.

“We hope the state and [the stu­dents] will peace­fully re­solve the is­sue and avoid vi­o­lence which would hin­der eco­nomic re­cov­ery,” he said.

How­ever, Su­pant Mongkol­suthree, chair­man of the Fed­er­a­tion of Thai In­dus­tries (FTI), said the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal un­rest will not af­fect the king­dom’s image be­cause for­eign­ers have been in­vest­ing lo­cally for many years.

“In­vestors un­der­stand Thai­land’s po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, and the govern­ment doesn’t make the prob­lem their busi­ness in Thai­land,” Mr Su­pant said, adding for­eign in­vestors be­lieved the state can man­age the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. “Every­thing runs smoothly.”

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