Thai Prime Minister, Kukrit Pramoj defended his country's democratic system and independence in a speech to foreign correspondents in Bangkok on Friday ( 3 october).
Thai Prime Minister, Kukrit Pramoj defended his country's democratic system and independence in a speech to foreign correspondents in Bangkok on Friday ( 3 october). He also spoke out against political change by violent means and called for a programme to equalise the nation's wealth.
Mr. Kukrit whose government recently established diplomatic relations with peking, told the journalists there were some critics of the Government who said it wasn't doing enough to help the masses.
And he added that there were people - who he did not identify -- that wanted to see a total change in the nation's political system.
However, Mr. Kukrit cautioned that Thailand wished to cautioned on a democratic system -- which , he said , did not mean a military dominated government , but a civilian one and not a dictatorship.
Mr. Kukrit also warmed against any political change that would be advantageous to one class at the expense of another. And he reminded his audience this view was in line with the Thai Buddhist tradition.
The Prime Minister then called for a rapid change in equalising wealth and a programme of development for a rural and urban areas. Finally he said that Thailand must remain a truly independent state- and not a " client" state of any major power.
This film is serviced with a speech in English by the Thai Prime Minister, Kukrit Pramoj, a transcript of which appears below: