Thursday, 25 September 2008

My political agenda for Thailand 7 - Foreign Policy

1. Thailand/Siam is to speahead a strong democratic Southeast Asian block (ASEAN) which is to check Chinese domination. For this purpose a closer tie to Japan is to be aimed.

2. A free-trade region within ASEAN is to be aimed.

3. Any damming of the Mekong river is to be opposed.

4. On Burma Human Rights issues has to be given priority before any business deals.

5. Dalai Lama should explicitely declared a welcomed person to the country.

6. A closer cooperation with India is to be sought.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

My political agenda for Thailand 6 - Population and Citizenship

1. Thai citizenship is to be defined by:

  1. lex soli: By birth in the Thailand to a parent who is a Thai citizen at the time of the birth, or to a parent who is settled in the Thailand
  2. lex sanguinis: By descent if one of the parents is a Thai citizen otherwise than by descent (for example by birth, adoption, registration or naturalisation in the Thailand).
  3. By naturalisation
  4. By registration*
  5. By adoption
* A person is eligible to apply for Thai citizenship if:
- born in Thailand and living in Thailand until the completition of secondary education
- stateless person entering Thailand under the age of 5 and being in Thailand until the completition of higher or vocational education
- any person living in the country for fifteen years with the prospect to remain resident in Thailand
- a person married to a Thai person and resident for at least 15 years

2. The Thai state is to grant asylum for anyone entering the country to anyone who is suffering political suppression.

My political agenda for Thailand 5 - Environment

1. Thailand is obliged to implement whatever means to be in accordance to the latest agreement on greenhouse emissions.

2. Thailand is to restore the forest cover to at least 30% of the state territory.

3. Thailand is obliged to protect all the existing wildlife species in the country and go do all the efforts to ensure the protection.

4. No building concessions is to be given on land that is
  • ecological valuable
  • used agriculturally
5. Thailand is obliged to do anything possible to prevent the damming of the Mekong river, in whichever country it is planned

6. Thailand is to use alternative energies by all means possible, in particular solar energy. As much as possible the damming of rivers should be avoided.

My political agenda for Thailand 4 - Transport

1. Alternative means of transport other than motor vehicles and aeroplanes have to be encouraged by the state, in particular railways, on local, regional and national level. The railway should remain in national ownership, but allowing private companies to run regional services.

2. The state is to introduce high-speed trains as a means of transport between the major cities.

3. Utmost priority is to be given in investing into the extension of the railway network.

My political agenda for Thailand 1 - Foundations of the State

1. A referendum should be held whether the country should be named "Siam" or "Thailand"

2. Former royal families (Chaofas) should be given back their aristocratic status with the egibility to the throne of the state should the Chakri dynasty fail to provide a legitimate king.

My political agenda for Thailand 3 - Cultural Policies

Cultural Policy
1. The Office of the National Culture Commission (สำนักงานคณะกรรมการวัฒนธรรมแห่งชาติ) is to be abolished and replaced by Offices of Regional Culture Commission on Monthon Level.
On the national level shall be a National Forum on Culture and Arts implemented, consisting of delegates of the regional commissions, convening four times a year.

2. Regional and minority languages should be enforced and fostered, making it compulsory in elementary education. Media has to be provided in regional languages alongside to Standard Thai. Regional TV has to be established with at least 50% of the programs in regional languages.

3. Higher education institutions should reserve 5% quotas for speakers of minority languages.

4. Publishing in minority languages should be eligible for government funding.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

My political agenda for Thailand 2 - Administration Reform

Thailand is to empower its regions. Similar to a federal state, the country is to re-introduce mandalas (มณฑล), with autonomy in affairs such as:
- education
- regional economy
- tourism
- media
- transport (partly)

The regions are:

a) Bangkok Metropolitan Area

b) Central:
  1. Ang Thong (อ่างทอง)
  2. Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (พระนครศรีอยุธยา) - Regional Capital
  3. Chai Nat (ชัยนาท)
  4. Lop Buri (ลพบุรี)
  5. Nakhon Nayok (นครนายก)
  6. Nakhon Pathom (นครปฐม)
  7. Nakhon Sawan (นครสวรรค์)
  8. Nonthaburi (นนทบุรี)
  9. Pathum Thani (ปทุมธานี)
  10. Phetchabun (เพชรบูรณ์)
  11. Samut Prakan (สมุทรปราการ)
  12. Samut Sakhon (สมุทรสาคร)
  13. Samut Songkhram (สมุทรสงคราม)
  14. Saraburi (สระบุรี)
  15. Sing Buri (สิงห์บุรี)
c) Lower North:
  1. Kamphaeng Phet (กำแพงเพชร)
  2. Phichit (พิจิตร)
  3. Phitsanulok (พิษณุโลก)
  4. Sukhothai (สุโขทัย) - Regional Capital
  5. Tak (ตาก)
  6. Uttaradit (อุตรดิตถ์)
d) Upper North:

  1. Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่) - Regional Capital
  2. Chiang Rai (เชียงราย)
  3. Lampang (ลำปาง)
  4. Lamphun (ลำพูน)
  5. Mae Hong Son (แม่ฮ่องสอน)
  6. Nan (น่าน)
  7. Phayao (พะเยา)
  8. Phrae (แพร่)
e) Upper Isan

  1. Chaiyaphum (ชัยภูมิ)
  2. Kalasin (กาฬสินธุ์)
  3. Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น)
  4. Loei (เลย)
  5. Mukdahan (มุกดาหาร)
  6. Nakhon Phanom (นครพนม)
  7. Nong Bua Lamphu (หนองบัวลำภู)
  8. Nong Khai (หนองคาย)
  9. Sakon Nakhon (สกลนคร)
  10. Udon Thani (อุดรธานี) - Regional Capital
f) Lower Isan

  1. Amnat Charoen (อำนาจเจริญ)
  2. Buri Ram (บุรีรัมย์)
  3. Maha Sarakham (มหาสารคาม)
  4. Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา) - Regional Capital
  5. Roi Et (ร้อยเอ็ด)
  6. Si Sa Ket (ศรีสะเกษ)
  7. Surin (สุรินทร์)
  8. Ubon Ratchathani (อุบลราชธานี)
  9. Yasothon (ยโสธร)
g) West

  1. Kanchanaburi (กาญจนบุรี)
  2. Phetchaburi (เพชรบุรี)
  3. Prachuap Khiri Khan (ประจวบคีรีขันธ์)
  4. Ratchaburi (ราชบุรี)
  5. Suphan Buri (สุพรรณบุรี) - Regional Capital
  6. Uthai Thani (อุทัยธานี)
h) East

  1. Chachoengsao (ฉะเชิงเทรา)
  2. Chanthaburi (จันทบุรี)
  3. Chon Buri (ชลบุรี) - Regional Capital
  4. Prachin Buri (ปราจีนบุรี)
  5. Rayong (ระยอง)
  6. Sa Kaeo (สระแก้ว)
  7. Trat (ตราด)
i) South

  1. Chumphon (ชุมพร)
  2. Krabi (กระบี่)
  3. Nakhon Si Thammarat (นครศรีธรรมราช) - Regional Capital
  4. Narathiwat (นราธิวาส)
  5. Pattani (ปัตตานี)
  6. Phang Nga (พังงา)
  7. Phatthalung (พัทลุง)
  8. Phuket (ภูเก็ต)
  9. Ranong (ระนอง)
  10. Satun (สตูล)
  11. Songkhla (สงขลา)
  12. Surat Thani (สุราษฎร์ธานี)
  13. Trang (ตรัง)
  14. Yala (ยะลา)

Muang Consipiracy - What conspiracy? An Introduction

First of all: This is a highly political blog. For those sensitive to political issues I advise to quickly close the window and leave the website. And this is not a forum for debating the current political or economical situation either. For that there are many other blogs out there, so no need for another one.
Furthermore, this is a pretty radical blog, a pool of radical ideas (mostly radical from the Thai point of view). I have been described as rather moderate, I want to see how radical my ideas really are.
On the other hand, I am a rather pragmatical person, not overly intellectual. I derive my views from historical and political analysis rather than any kind of dogmas, philosophies or ideologies. Hence you won't see me discussing Marx, Lenin, Habermaas or Adam Smith. So important they may be, the political reality dictates another tune.

But it should not be just politics. It is also about environmental issues, wildlife protection, history, social issues, transport... short, everything I can speak out for or against. Again,things written here are not always pleasant for some to hear, especially if they cling on to beliefs and orders they have grown up with.

And, as the title of the blog suggests, I am focussing on Thailand and Southeast Asia, the region I am dedicated to. Even I am proud to be Thai, I don't stand for nationalism but for a peaceful and prosperous Southeast Asia.

Last but not least, everyone is welcomed to debate and discuss, to contribute and comment. Only the discourse keeps an idea alive.

In respect,

Phangphawn Noi