Rise and Rise Of Pita Limjaroem : Disruption In Thai Politics

 Rise and Rise Of Pita Limjaroem : Disruption In Thai Politics

 Rise and Rise Of Pita Limjaroem : Disruption In Thai Politics

When Future Forward came into the scene, a party ridiculed and even feared for their radical views and push of hard reforms to the system, they left majority of the Thai public gasping in disbelief, enjoying support only from the younger generation. 

The Future Forward Party (FFP) or Phak Anakhot Mai was a party founded in March 2018 by billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruankit and Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, a legal scholar. The party was dissolved by the Constitutional Court on 21 February 2020.

It obtained its current name “ Move Forward” or “Kao Klai” after becoming the de facto successor to the dissolved Future Forward Party, joined by 55 of Future Forward’s 65 MPs led by Pita Limjaroem who vowed to continue the progressive and anti-junta way of Future Forward.

Fast forward to last week, the Dusit Poll, showed Pita Limjaroen topping the list of of most popular prime ministerial candidates, voted for by 28.87% compared with 21.27% for incumbent PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha while Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan came third with 19.35%.

What is behind Pita Limjaroen’s meteoric rise in popularity?

The answer seems to be that people want change, now more than ever, and will vote for a prime minister who sees things differently on how Thailand should progress into a post-pandemic world.

The pandemic and ensuing economic breakdown has brought about a realization that Thai politics should no longer be centered around a colored coded one of yellows and reds, or a class distinction one of elites and commoners or even an aged related divide between the young and the old.

The swift clash of the country’s economy means there has been something very wrong with the past political and economic system that the country is running on.

The disruption to Thai politics is “change” even if its an extreme and difficult one as  public is discovering, it’s the only way Thailand is going to remain relevant and above water.

Another clue for the direction of the country is when Pheu Thai, Thailand’s largest political party, decided on Sunday to throw its weight in support of Section 112’s amendment, known as lese majeste law, which has been long thought of as a law used by people in power to keep voices of dissidents in check.

Pita Limjaroen and his party have been pushing for this amendment since the beginning of this year.

While many may have greeted their ideology with skepticism earlier, many are now heralding their braveness and unwavering foresight to walk a more difficult path for the benefit of the country.

Written By - Patra Manas.