PHUKET: Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva took part in a “coffee council” discussion with people in Mai Khao this morning, during a visit to Phuket.
More than 500 people waited to see the opposition leader arrive with Phuket Democrat MP Chalermluck Kebsub and Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) President Anchalee Vanich-Thebabutr.
K. Abhisit said the party’s “coffee councils” were a good way to learn what voters were thinking and to discuss party policies with them.
He explained, “It is difficult for us to get our message across to the voters, that’s why we set up the coffee councils as a way of having direct communication with local people.
“Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra does a radio broadcast to the nation every Saturday; we sent a request three weeks ago to the Public Relations Department to clear things for us to do the same, but we haven’t had a reply from them yet.”
In the afternoon, K. Abhisit addressed new students at Prince of Songkhla University, Phuket Campus.
He said, “I hope the students realize that they are entering an important period in their lives, during which they can learn useful things and prepare to take their place in society.”
K. Abhisit added that he had heard that the university was reconsidering its controversial decision to run courses in casino management in Thailand, where casinos are illegal.
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