Opinion: Turn-coat MP going after Move Forward Party is biggest irony

Betrayal is something that you can expect from a politician without loyalty and ideology.

It has become so part and parcel of Thai politics that no one even bats an eyelid anymore when politicians switch sides after getting a large payout. These backstabbers know only to represent their own interest and nothing else.

But at the very least you ask the great betrayers not to be flaunting their ill-gotten gains.

Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, a former party-list MP for the Pheu Thai Party turned member of the pro-junta and ruling Palang Pracharath Party, is not the brightest bulb in parliament. The MP has been telling everyone that he received two Mercedes from “kind adults” since he switched sides.

One has to wonder at this point what is the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) doing?

The Pheu Thai Party has already filed a petition for AMLO to trace the financial records of Ruangkrai and if receiving two Mercedes as gifts does not breach the 3,000-baht gift-giving rule cap for cabinet ministers and senior officers then what will?

He also clearly stated that he got it from “kind adults”. I mean, what else do you need to investigation?

He posted on his social media page Monday while standing next to a white Mercedes with a caption that said that he is going to quit all of his posts including as a member of the committee vetting the 2022 budget bill under the PPRP’s quota because he has done his duty and that kind adults will give him a new job and another “affectionate” gift has already arrived.

Apart from that, the turncoat MP, who was seen with a sign on his computer during the fiscal budget debate last week that Prayut should continue to be the prime minister for a long time to come, has on the same day handed in a petition to ask the Election Commission (EC) to investigate the Move Forward Party (MFP) for bringing up the palace bureau during budget debate.

Ever the good soldier.

He is also asking for the Constitutional Court to rule whether there is enough grounds to dissolve the Move Forward Party because of it.

Chaitawat Tulathon, the Secretary-General of the Move Forward Party, said on Monday that his party will study Ruangkrai’s petition but from an initial glance, they are not worried about it.

He said if independent institutions such as the EC or the Constitutional Court do their job with fairness and based on principles, there should not be any problem and he insisted that the MFP did not violate the law.

“In contrast, what we were trying to tell the public and the parliament is that the allocation of the fiscal budget is not suitable for the current situation,” he said.

“This is a political game of the people in power and old political groups that are working together to destroy new politics,” he said.

But at this point would it surprise anyone if the EC did their “job” while AMLO did nothing. Probably not.


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