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LAPORAN BANGKOK POST
24 JANUARI 2005
Malaysian royal link could help bring peace
A Thai Rak Thai election candidate whose daughter married the crown prince of Malaysia's Kelantan state says he will use his connection to seek cooperation from the opposition Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS) of Malaysia in solving the problems in the deep South.Wairoj Pipitpakdee's daughter Kangsadan wed Crown Prince Muhammad Faris Petra, the eldest son of the sultan of Kelantan, in a grand ceremony on Oct 15 last year.Mr Wairoj, 63, is a former Democrat MP who has defected to Thai Rak Thai.
He is running in constituency 1 of Pattani, one of the three southern border provinces plagued by Muslim insurgents. The PAS has a majority in the local government of Kelantan. They know who the insurgents are and what they are doing, but they do not think about helping Thailand since nobody has asked them to, Mr Wairoj said.
I will use my connection with Kelantan to coordinate with the party for help. Although the sultan of Kelantan is not involved in politics, I will seek his advice on what to do. He used to say Thailand should be just in its treatment of southern people, otherwise there would be unrest.