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Ruangkrai Leekitwattana Challenges 44 MPs on Lese Majeste Law Amendments: A Bold Quest for Justice in Thailand

On a bright Sunday that seemed otherwise ordinary, political activist Ruangkrai Leekitwattana embarked on a quest for justice, or so was his claim. With determination in his step and a petition in his hand, he approached the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) with a request that was bound to ruffle some feathers in the political landscape of Thailand.

The heart of Ruangkrai’s mission? To cast a spotlight on 44 MPs of the Move Forward Party (MFP), urging the NACC to assess the ethical dimensions of their support for a controversial bill. This was no ordinary bill; it proposed amendments to the lese majeste law, embodied in Section 112 of the Criminal Code, a subject of heated debates and passionate disagreements.

Ruangkrai wasn’t shooting in the dark. His petition was soundly anchored in the ruling made by the Constitutional Court on January 31, a ruling that branded the MFP’s endeavor to tweak the lese majeste law as an audacious attempt to undermine the constitutional monarchy itself. According to the court, this ambitious pursuit crossed lines drawn in the sand by the charter, setting the stage for a legal and moral showdown.

But this was not a spur-of-the-moment act of civic duty by Ruangkrai. This story began earlier, in the crisp autumn days of September 2021, when he first approached the NACC. His initial plea was a simple one: to evaluate whether these 44 legislators from the MFP had strayed from the ethical path laid out in Section 234 (1) of the 2017 constitution.

The response from the Office of the NACC, dated January 16, 2022, was like a carefully penned mystery novel – acknowledging the existence of flaws in the proposed amendment without explicitly including it on the House agenda. The reason? A constitutional bind, as current laws and House regulations prescribe penalties for those daring to challenge the constitution with their proposed bills. Yet, they left the door ajar for Ruangkrai, suggesting he could strengthen his case with more evidence.

Armed with the consequential ruling by the Constitutional Court from January 31, Ruangkrai saw a glimmer of hope. This wasn’t just new evidence; it was a beacon, potentially illuminating a path for the NACC to reassess his petition with renewed interest and, perhaps, purpose.

Yet, Ruangkrai’s aspirations didn’t halt at the steps of the NACC. He pondered the fate of these 44 MPs, wondering if their actions warranted a judgment under the stern eyes of the Supreme Court, as per Section 87 of the anti-corruption law. In Ruangkrai’s vision, this was not merely a question of political maneuvering but a test of ethical integrity. Should these MPs be found on the wrong side of ethics, they might find themselves barred from the electoral battleground, their political careers hanging in the balance.

In this intricate dance of laws, ethics, and politics, Ruangkrai Leekitwattana positioned himself as a crusader for justice, challenging the status quo and igniting a debate that would resonate across the corridors of power in Thailand. What unfolds next in this legal and moral saga is a story yet to be written, a chapter pending in the annals of Thai political history.


  1. SiamPatriot February 4, 2024

    Ruangkrai is just stirring up trouble for no reason. The lese majeste law is there to protect the monarchy, which is the cornerstone of our nation. These MPs were simply doing their job by considering legislative changes. It’s a democratic process.

    • FreedomVoice February 4, 2024

      It’s precisely because of voices like Ruangkrai that Thailand can hope for a more democratic future. The lese majeste law has been controversial for suppressing freedom of speech. It’s about time it was reconsidered, and these MPs are brave for taking a stand.

      • SiamPatriot February 4, 2024

        But at what cost? The monarchy has been a unifying symbol for Thailand for centuries. Weakening the lese majeste law could invite disrespect and destabilize our social fabric. Not everything in the name of democracy is good.

    • BangkokBarry February 4, 2024

      Ruangkrai’s move isn’t about democracy or free speech. It’s a calculated attack on the opposition. He knows perfectly well that challenging the monarchy in Thailand is a red line for many. This is politics, not a quest for justice.

  2. TruthSeeker February 4, 2024

    This issue goes beyond politics. It’s about human rights and the ability to express oneself freely. Thailand has been criticized internationally for its use of the lese majeste law to silence critics. It’s time we reevaluate its impact on society.

    • Loyalist4Ever February 4, 2024

      Human rights don’t mean you get to insult and undermine key institutions. Western concepts can’t always be applied in Thailand. We need to respect our own culture and traditions, including the monarchy.

  3. JonnyTech February 4, 2024

    It’s fascinating to see how this battle is playing out in the legal arena. Ruangkrai leveraging the Constitutional Court’s ruling is a smart move, but it could backfire. The NACC might not see enough grounds for action, leaving this more about public opinion than legal outcomes.

    • LegalEagle February 4, 2024

      Indeed, JonnyTech. However, the constitutional and legal precedents set by this case could have long-lasting implications for Thai politics. It’s not just about this particular law but how laws are made and challenged. It’s a litmus test for the judiciary’s independence.

  4. PeacefulWarrior February 4, 2024

    Ruangkra’s actions could be seen as a wake-up call for Thailand. While respecting tradition, we must not shy away from progressing and evolving our laws to reflect current values. This case could be a pivotal moment in Thai history.

  5. OldSchool February 4, 2024

    Why fix what isn’t broken? The lese majeste law serves its purpose. All this talk about change is just Western influence trying to undermine Asian values. Ruangkrai should focus on real issues, not creating division.

    • NewGeneration February 4, 2024

      But it is broken, @OldSchool. Numerous human rights organizations have pointed out the misuse of the lese majeste law to suppress opposition. Thailand deserves a law that protects dignity without curbing free speech.

  6. NerdyBird February 4, 2024

    Isn’t it interesting how this one law is at the center of so many conflicts? It seems like the lese majeste law is not just a legal issue but a symbol of the broader struggle between tradition and modernity in Thailand.

    • Historian101 February 4, 2024

      Exactly, NerdyBird. This law encapsulates the tension between preserving historical institutions and adapting to contemporary democratic ideals. It’s a microcosm of Thailand’s broader societal challenges.

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