In an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post, Thaksin Shinawatra, the illegally ousted former prime minister of Thailand, says the new government, headed by his sister Yingluck Shinawatra, must state reconciliation is vital and must happen. He says the government cannot allow other parties to undermine their success (which we all know will be the main goal of the Democrats and Abhisit for the forseeable future), so must build strong relationships with others to countermand this.
Thaksin also played down the importance of an amnesty for himself and others, saying if he thinks he can help Thailand get better he’ll come back. If not, he will remain abroad and continue to concentrate on his overseas activities.
”I forgive everyone. There aren’t any ill feelings,” he said. ”Now, this doesn’t mean we will have to work together. There are a lot of things involved in working together. But that doesn’t have anything to do with ill feelings.
”For anyone afraid I will seek retribution, they can come and see me and I’ll gladly treat them to a meal in Dubai.”
I wonder if every member of the Democrat Party will be on the next plane to Dubai to get their free meal?
You can also see the Bangkok Post interview on video here.