Photos from a Democrat Party fundraiser recently made their way online, causing a buzz within political circles. Four large posters were present: two of the Democrat Party’s previous leaders, Chuan Leekpai and Banyat Bantadtan, along with the current leader, Jurin Laksanawisit, and secretary-general Chalermchai Srion. Conspicuously absent: Abhisit Vejjajiva, Jurin’s predecessor as leader.
The party spokesman quickly denied that this was any deliberate attempt to snub Abhisit. The fundraiser had exhibitions in four corners, and that corner was intended to honor those who currently held office within the Democrat Party. Abhisit does not currently have any official position; he was instead honored in another section on the party’s achievements.
Intentional or not, that so many saw a targeted slight at this fundraiser is reflective of the perceptions within the party that the current party leadership has an apathy towards its most recent prime minister.