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Statement of the Future Forward Movement

The Future Forward has ceased to exist as a political party as a result of the verdict of the Thai Constitutional Court on February 21, 2020. The Future Forward Party has been dissolved but they cannot dissolve us, they cannot dissolve our ideology, they can never dissolve the will of the people. The former Future Forward Party Members of Parliament will continue to work in Parliament under the banner of a new political party. They will fulfill their mandates as representatives of Thai people pushing forward progressive agendas and seeing to it that our public policies are implemented.

The party may be dissolved but our political mission has yet to be realized. We wish to announce that the Future Forward party has now evolved into the “Future Forward Movement”, continuing to push forth progressive ideas, social campaigning and advocating for local elections. As long as the military junta is allowed to remain in power and extend its rule, the shrinking of democratic spaces in Thailand persists and therefore, our struggle continues. The formation of the Future Forward Party was meant to create and ensure a better future for Thai society and the dissolution of the party is undoubtedly a major set-back for pluralism in this country.

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Thailand Constitutional Court decision proves authoritarianism will brook no opposition

(The Network for Social Democracy in Asia's statement on the Constitutional Court of Thailand's decision to dissolve the Future Forward Party and to bar its leaders from participating in politics.)

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia deplores the decision taken by the Constitutional Court of Thailand to dissolve the Future Forward Party and to ban its leaders from participating in politics for 10 years. We stand in solidarity with the Future Forward Party, a member party of the network, in the face of this blatant repression.

This decision can only be construed in the context of the Military establishment’s tightening grip on power and their quest to quash any and all dissent. Now, the country’s military rulers have decided that even a severely restricted opposition party cannot be tolerated.

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A New Social Democratic Contract for Asia

Keynote speech by Lim Guan Eng
SocDem Asia 10th Anniversary “Breaking Through: A Decade of Social Democratic Struggles and Victories”
29-31 August 2019 / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

Dear friends, or more affectionately in Malay, rakan-rakan seperjuangan,


I want to thank SocDem Asia for bringing us together under the auspices of celebrating democracy in Asia.

It is remarkable that in this room we have so much linguistic diversity and cultural differences, but the democratic spirit is still our common denominator and our shared language of struggle. Your attendance today proves that it cuts across any language, cultural and geographical barriers.

Our SocDem alliance is now a decade-old. In addition to the public faces of SocDem Asia, the people who have laboured silently behind the scenes to maintain our alliance deserve to be recognised: Marlon, Nando, Ana, Shenna, Carlo, Ranee and Mian. Let’s give them a round of applause.

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