Abhisit concerned over Pheu Thai s salary scheme


BANGKOK, 21 August 2011-Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he was particularly concerned with Pheu Thai’s policy on economy and foreign affairs while showing no concerns over the corruption accusation during his administration. 

According to Mr. Abhisit, party members have been selected for the debate tomorrow when Pheu Thai delivers its policy statement. Mr. Suthep Thuagsuban is expected to open the debate on stability issue while Mr. Korn Chatikavanij will do the same on economy.

Mr. Abhisit will reportedly deliver an opening speech and conclude the issues raised by Democrat members during the House meeting tomorrow. However, Mr. Abhisit said the policy on raising undergraduate salary and minimum wage to 15,000 THB and 300 THB as well as free tablet PC for students worried him.

Meanwhile, the Democrat Leader responded to the lawsuit against his Party filed by Mr. Surapong Torwijakchaikul, the Foreign Minister that he should also sue the Japanese government too for saying the Thai government had asked for a favor over a visa entry for Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra.

Mr. Abhisit believed the Foreign Minister had clearly abused his power and many had voiced their opinions that he should step down from his position. Regarding Mr. Thaksin’s visit to Cambodia, the former Prime Minister is pleading Mr. Thaksin not to travel to the neighboring nation in the name of the Thai government.

Mr. Abhisit also expressed no concerns over the corruption accusation regarding 172 projects initiated during his administration, saying that the former ministers involved would be able to clarify the matter to the House.