Part 2 : The Direction of the Pheu Chart party, Is Jatuporn Breaking Away From Thaksin?
There is a big question mark to this one question; will Jatuporn shift away from Thaksin?
There is sympathy for a man like Mr. Jatuporn, to have a boss that runs away from Thailand claiming the justice system is biased while his subordinates actually man up and face the music. There are grounds to suggest that there is division amongst the red shirts as a result of Thaksin’s non-accountability for his minions, and this can be seen through disagreement between its two leaders Mr. Jatuporn Prompan and Mr Nattawut Saikua.
Mr. Nattawut reiterated that no matter what happens, Pheu Thai will always need Thaksin but Mr. Jatuporn had different thoughts on the matter. This is what he said in an interview in 2018:
“In my opinion we need politics to rest on principles rather than individuals. If politics can remain connected to an ideal or an ideology it would be more sustainable, whereas individuals can be destroyed, brought up then down, has pros and cons. This is the reality which we cannot escape from, and therefore we must uphold ideology and remove individuals. Faces of individuals must be removed from the ideology, no different from the rule of law which governs without a face. The ideology must never have a face, only the idea’s substance should be weighed.”
Mr. Jatuporn’s interview with the media seems to suggest that he no longer wants Thaksin to influence the Pheu Thai party, as well as other parties under the red umbrella who have no desire to rely on investors for financial support. He also urged political parties to act within democratic principles and that there must be no more bloodshed.
However, the possibility for political independence from Thaksin seems improbable, given that the majority of Thaksin’s strongholds in the north and northeast continue to be hardline supporters of Pheu Thai. Both Mr. Jatuporn and Mr. Nattawut also show a desire for key roles in the next election, which they cannot have without the big boss’s support.
Although Mr Jatuporn is no longer eligible to be a part of Thai politics due to serving time, he continues to serve as the president of the UDD which means it is within his capacity to shape policies and directions for the red-shirts. He will play a critical role with the various political parties that are under Thaksin.
It is of the Thai people’s interests that they will put an end to division and using innocent civilians as scapegoats for political gains. After all, it was the democratically elected governments that fooled the people the most and brought along great destruction for Thailand.