Pita Has No Regret Not Being in Power Despite Election Victory

The opposition party initiated a thorough debate to explore issues and offer advice to the government, concluding its two-day session early this morning, spanning April 3rd and 4th. This debate was held under the provisions of the Constitution’s Article 152.

Following the debate, Pita Limjaroenrat, the former leader of the Move Forward Party (MFP), expressed to the House his lack of regret for not being in power during the last seven months, despite his party’s electoral victory securing 312 votes.

He also felt no regret about his role in the opposition, convinced that such a position was essential for the functionality of the democratic system, ensuring it served the interests of the people.

He continued, stating that the vitality of a democracy is determined not by the government’s power but by the opposition’s ability to actively and efficiently serve the citizens.

Pita remarked, “I have never regretted that this debate, under Article 152, might be the last in my political life, as it now hangs by a thread. But I am ready to walk away as a victor, with nothing left unresolved.”

“I am confident that whatever happens to my party, whether it’s dissolution or the total destruction of the Move Forward Party, it will not hinder our journey towards change in Thailand. Ironically, if the party is indeed dissolved, the faster we may reach our destination of change.”

He expressed his dismay over the lost opportunities for Thailand and the erosion of public trust in the government, attributing it to the ambiguity surrounding the government’s true intentions.

Mr. Pita described the government as lacking a clear direction, stating that without a vision or direction, achievements are nonexistent.

The potential dissolution of the MFP looms, following the Election Commission’s request for the Constitutional Court to consider dissolving the party for allegedly trying to overturn the constitutional monarchy.

Mr. Pita also offered three pieces of advice to the government: it’s time for a Cabinet reshuffle based on competence and performance; the Prime Minister should devise a clear strategy; and listening is a critical skill for future leaders in the 21st century.

Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, at 2 am on Friday, thanked the Speaker and the debate participants, recognizing the debate as a vital mechanism for MPs to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities and scrutinize government actions.

He acknowledged the feedback and assured that the government would take it seriously to enhance operations across various sectors, aim for sustainable economic growth, and work towards the happiness of the people and the reduction of inequalities.

Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and session chairman, expressed his gratitude toward the participants.

He then announced the close of the session with a royal proclamation and adjourned the meeting at 2:15 am, bringing an end to the debate that extended beyond 36 hours.