The upcoming February will become one the crucial moment for Thailand’s politic. As Indonesia faces various political turbulence before the elections in April 2019, Thailand also faces such political turmoil problems and challenges to can be an interesting topic to be discussed. Master of International Relations Department of Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta invited Dr. Asae Sayaka from the Institute of Good Governance for Social and Economic Development of Thailand to share his idea regarding the “Thailand Current Political Issues”, on Monday, November 12, 2018.
According to Dr. Sayaka, Thailand has changed its system of government from monarchy to a democratic state since the Thai Revolution in 1832. However, the democracy in Thailand has not been performed effectively. Despite its economic growth, Thailand has experienced a number of coup d’etat. Competition between the military junta and the opposition is something that cannot be avoided. Thailand also still has domestic tasks that must be resolved, particularly related to the implementation of good governance, accountability, and corruption.
Dr. Sayaka’s explanation regarding political issues in Thailand attracted the enthusiasm of some master and doctoral students to raise questions related to socio-political conditions in Thailand. They were curious about the public opinion on the military junta, the government’s attitude in conflict resolution in Pattani, and other cultural-related issues. The lecture session ended with question and answer and group photos.