The forum is aimed at generating ideas and sharing opinions on how to achieve the best form of politics in order to restore unity among Thai people. During the first round of talks, President of the Federation of Thai Industries Payungsak Chartsutthipol, who represented the private sector, said everyone needed to get involved in the reconciliation process, saying it is a national concern, not a political problem.
He also added that younger people should be educated and encouraged to develop skills that will be useful in solving various issues Thailand has faced. Mr. Payungsak further reiterated that any reform will take quite some time before it is fully integrated into the society.
Meanwhile, some academics participating in the event said they would rather see the change starting with politicians and government civil servants first, while others suggested that everyone should accept the election result in order to stop the conflicts. Another suggestion, urging for a fair treatment in dealing with any pending issues, has also been proposed. The next round of the political reform forum will be held next month.