In a response to the recent proclamation of new government policies presented to the public, Watanya stated that many of the pledges made to the electorate in the period leading up to the May 14 elections were either absent or ambiguously elucidated such as the propositions pertaining to egalitarianism and the fortified progression of a democratic society.
The chief of innovation for the party in Bangkok, also wife of the Nation Group head honcho Shine Bunnag, voiced that the government’s digital wallet initiative promising 10,000 baht per person was outlined with more clarity compared to other, equally crucial, policy mandates.
The government, she critically notes, did not extend equivalent attention towards other significant matters such as green policies, issues concerning human rights, restructuring of education system, labor rights, decentralization of power, and the equal distribution of wealth. This disparity was most apparent in discourse, or lack thereof, around the proposed amendment of the constitution.
Watanya also raised concerns regarding the digital wallet policy – a program aimed at revitalizing public faith and sprucing up public image; however, several economy pundits have waved red flags regarding potential hazards it could pose to Thailand’s economic stability in the long run.
Frustration and disillusionment have begun to creep into public sentiment following the political alliance formed by Pheu Thai with parties linked to former premier Prayut Chan-o-cha. Watanya notes that the hidden political maneuvering contributing to building the alliance seemingly served the politically powerful rather than the collective national interest.
The electoral process that unfolded on May 14 is portrayed as a clash of ideologies – a struggle between those pushing for transformation and those desiring to keep the status quo intact.
Watanya is candid in stating the persistent issues of poverty and inequality persisting within Thailand despite political promises. She implores the need for party collaboration and understanding of partisan differences to mature Thailand’s democratic practices.
Sustaining governmental stability, in her view, is inherently reliant on inter-party collaborations. Watanya emphasizes the inefficacy of policy development and execution in the absence of backing from the previous governing alliances.
Lastly, she sees this larger task of promoting cross-party cooperation not just a national duty but a challenge specifically targeted at democrats too.