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The government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said on Wednesday that the main opposition, the Pheu Thai Party, should concentrate on passing the 2023 fiscal budget debate in parliament more than playing political games.
His comments came after Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew said that if the fiscal budget was not approved by the parliament, the government must show responsibility by resigning or dissolving the parliament.
What Thanakorn said does not make sense.
First of all, the opposition is just doing their job by questioning the budgeting. What is certainly not their job is just to comply with whatever the government wants to do with taxpayers’ money.
His argument that asking for the government to resign if they failed to pass the budget is only showing that Pheu Thai does not care about anything else but to come back into power also does not make sense.
In case the spokesman does not know, the goal of every party is to be government, including that of his own party which is still hanging on for dear life.
Second of all, opposition parties, including the Pheu Thai and the Move Forward Party (MFP), have been criticizing the government budget plans since they came into power.
The latest draft budget is still full of flaws as pointed out by MFP’s deputy leader Sirikanya Tansakul on May 5.
She said the budget does not match up with the current economic condition which is full of debt payments and lack of new investments. She also questioned the government’s approval to buy new weapons amid an economic downturn.
Pheu Thai’s economic team also made a press conference on Tuesday to point out what they saw as economic failures caused by the current administration and the previous junta government over the past eight years.
One of points the team made was about the misuse of the budget which led to more debt which is stalling the country’s economic progress. Thanakorn would have heard all of this if he cared enough to listen.
The only thing that I agree with Thanakorn on this is that people should care more about the budget and what will be said about it in parliament.
The reason is simple, this is your money and how this budget is going to be used will determine the development of your country.
In fact, there are many other bills that are going to be entering parliament over the coming weeks that people should pay attention to including the Draft Act on the Operation of Not-for-Profit Organizations.
The debate for the fiscal budget will begin on May 31 and end on June 2 and I sure hope that more people, including Thanakorn and Prayut, will be listening to it this time around.
The very least that people can gain from listening to it or reading about it later is that the information could and should inform your vote.