In a country that takes a backseat to none In the area of having to live with pervasive official corruption, Thai voters — report the country’s news media – are looking for a refreshing change. We hope that one of these days, they will get it.
Early next year they have a chance to make their desires very evident. Thai voters will take part in the election for the next Governor (Mayor) of Bangkok. With so many candidates in the fray, the majority of Bangkok voters are still undecided. As reported by The Nation,a leading Thai newspaper, a mere 37 percent have decided whom they will vote for. So the race is wide open.
M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra holds the most support from those who have already decided on a candidate and may be looking at a second term as Bangkok’s governor. Though the people may be undecided about who they will vote for, they are quite clear about what they expect from the next governor. The people want a leader who is honest, quick to respond to problems, and decisive, amongst other things. Like all people, the residents of Bangkok are calling for a government they can have faith in and will do what it takes to get things done for the betterment of its citizens.
When discussing problems that are of the utmost importance to the residents of Bangkok the leading answers were the issues of the rising cost of living followed closely by crime, drugs, and corruption. One trend is the strong support for officials who are in law enforcement to be promoted to other government titles. Many believe there are already capable officials ready for promotion.
The Thai people will support candidates who will bring about the progress that they are calling for, whether it be a re-elected politician or a new official who gets the job done. To judge from what the Thai media are reporting, this is the current mood of the country today.