As a Thai citizen who has been observing the political situation in Thailand closely, I understand that most Japan Times readers might not accept the military coup in Thailand, but this is the best decision Thailand can come to at the moment.

We had protested for six months and still the corrupted government was in position without fixing the mess it had made previously. The previous government led by Yingluck Shinawatra pushed laws that unlawfully benefited her families, groups who support her and her party’s members.

What the Shinawatras have done in the past 10 years is use money to buy votes from poor people and exercise monopoly power over the country. They treat politics as an investment.

An immediate election would not better the country and society; instead, it would repeat corruption problems for Thailand. Thus we urge national reforms before an election. The military is our last hope, and we believe they will do their best to pull Thailand from this deep abyss.

chanchai zhou
parkville, australia

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