Reunite As One,
This is the vital message televised to divided Thailand in the first televised broadcast of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Friday after Thai Upheaval May 19 mayhem that devastated Bangkok commercial hub and rocked several Thai provinces in riots and arsons.
Likening Thailand to "damaged house",Abhisit made emotive plea to people of every sector in Thailand to "reunite as one" to redesign and rebuild Thailand together.
"We are living in the same house,which has been damaged," he stated.
"Now that we have separated those who burned our house from the people,they must be punished.
"Although we are living in the same house we may have different opinions.But we have to listen to one another.
Please come and help each other,not only to design but also to rebuild our house in order to make it habitable for all,"stressed Abhisit.
The Thai leader vowed to implement five-point reconciliation roadmap he had announced earlier to patch up differences and overcome difficulties to repair Thailand's tarnished image and rehabilitate the torn country.
He said firm steps would be taken to move Thailand forward to restore peace,law and order as the situation in Bangkok and the 23 provinces placed under emergency decree has calmed down with no more violent incidents reported overnight.
He pledged to gradually relax the current limit on the people's rights and freedom as a result of the curfew in future.
He assured that under Thai National Unity and Recovery Plan,"the government has every intention of moving the country forward,restoring order,making sure that our recovery is well on track, and that we will do so in a transparent manner".
He thanked all who made it possible to end the rally to minimize mounting losses to Thailand's economy and image,stressing the Thai government made the decision to stop it whilst exercising the highest concern for the lives of the people and acted strictly in accord with international standards.
The May 14 to 19 Thai Chaos left 52 dead and 407 others injured,according to Bangkok Post latest updates that quoted the death toll and wounded figures released from Erawan Centre.At least 36 buildings were also set on fire by arsonists.
Legal action would be taken in straightforward and just process to punish culprits who broke the law.
And to prevent further acts of "terrorism and sabotage",the security forces would adapt measures to ensure public security and safety in the capital,Bangkok, and Thai provinces.
Efforts to bring about political reconciliation would be arduous.Now Thailand's burden has become much heavier with urgency for rehabilitation of people who have suffered loss of lives,jobs and income,especially the psychological trauma of the violent Thai turmoil.
Immediate steps to set up security task force have been taken Friday to help Bangkok residents and enterpreneurs hard hit by the unrest.
The security task force based at the Center for Emergency Situation Resolution in the compound of the 11th Infantry Regiment will deploy units to patrol communities in the conflict areas around Bangkok to ensure rule of law and order and prevent further acts of violence,sabotage and other unlawful activities(looting).
Thai Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Attaraprasit chaired dialogue Friday where representatives of Rachaprasong business entities and relevant Thai government agencies like the SME Bank and Fiscal Policy Office discussed fast track rehabilitation measures to help businesses and individuals hard hit by the business shutdown losses during the unrest.
Among the aid proposed are SME soft loans of up to maximum three million baht each for business recovery.It is to be given interest free for the first year and minus three percent MLR interest rate thereafter.
Pradit will table it for Thai Cabinet consideration and approval at its forthcoming meeting next Tuesday.
All businessmen needing urgent aid should register at the newly set up security task force office at CRES.
Meanwhile,Bangkok City Hall workers have rushed to clean up the mess like burned tyres,garbage and other eyesores.
The Thai authorities are expected to restore water and electricity supply and public transport services like the BTR skytrain and MRT subway services that were stopped to facilitate the massive military operation soon.
Channel 3 has gone back on the air at 11.30 a.m. Friday,resuming broadcast with Korean series.Its staff had earlier been airlifted by helicopter to safety by police rescuers Wednesday after mobs set fire to the building housing the television station.
The Suvarnabhumi airport is also operating back to normal with flights on schedule.