Jun 16, 2011|
Do you know any of the local candidates?
No, I don’t. I’m not really interested.
Who will you vote for in the election? Why?
Chuwit. He’s cool. I don’t know who to choose. None of the candidates are that good, so I might as well go for Chuwit.
Why aren’t you really interested in politics?
It’s full of lies and all about fooling people. No matter who you choose, they’re all bad.
Can anything change your mind about Chuwit?
If the Red Shirts burn down the city again, I might go for Abhisit.
What do you want the next government to do?
Solve the conflicts between the people in this country. And fix the transport links, like adding more routes to the BTS and MRT.
How do you feel about the upcoming election? I’m just like, we’re voting—again? I’m sick of this. Can we get this voting over with?
Do you think it matters who wins? Will it make a difference, will it change the country?
Well, as long as it’s not Pheu Thai.
Do you think your vote matters?
It’s one vote. It won’t make any difference.
Do you talk about politics at home or at your office?
Not really. The people around me aren’t really interested. Maybe they’re bored of it. Even my friends aren’t interested in politics.
Which is your favorite poster?
The one with Chuwit pointing in your face. It’s cool. And it’s not like your average election poster.
When you vote, do you consider the party or the platform?
The platform. Hopefully, candidates will include something about “no corruption.” Some stress healthcare, some say they want to improve taxes. But when it comes from the candidates, of course, it all sounds nice.
What has grabbed your attention so far?
I read about Pheu Thai Party’s credit cards for farmers policy in the newspaper. I don’t know if it’s going to work or not, but it’s a good policy and I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.
What problem do you want the next government to solve?
Inflation. Everything is unreasonably expensive now. Food prices have almost doubled. The fruit from fruit stalls are usually B10 but now they’re B15. These are basic products. The lives of Bangkokians are getting harder and harder especially for people like me who pay taxes.
How do you feel about the upcoming election?
I feel good. This is how [democracy] works, not because a group protests and demands an election.
Do you think it’s important to Thailand who wins?
It is important. Everyone can be corrupt. They’re might be good and bad in the government, but the right leader can direct the country on the right path. If there is fraud, the leader can quickly fight back.
Do you think your vote makes a difference?
Yes. Every vote counts.
Do you talk politics at home?
No, because everyone thinks differently and we don’t have the same opinions. Politics and religion are not subjects to be discussed.
Do you think if Pheu Thai wins the election, the military will interfere?
I don’t think so. I think the military is rational. They only try to protect the citizens.
Any posters grab your attention?
Usually I hate posters; they distract me when I drive. Chuwit’s are a headache. I don’t like them at all. And the ones with the animals in suits are too aggressive. But if I had to pick one it’s the one with Khun Surachai on it saying “Love Peace.” It’s a new party.