- Posted November 29, 2013 by
UNMASKING THAKSIN REGIME (PART 7): REVEALING TRUE ESSENCE OF THE SCANDALOUS FORMER PRIME MINISTER
If we want to reflect on the essence of Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra’s identity, we will probably have to rely on the opinions of at least 3 famous people who wittily and profoundly expressed their viewpoints in the past. Those 3 people were Saneau Theinthong, the former House Majority Leader of Thai Rak Thai Party and the person who supported Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin till he was able to step up to the PM’s seat for the first time; Sulak Sivalaksa or “S. Sivalaksa,” a plain-spoken thinker; and Kanin Boonsuwan, an independent academician.
Saneau expressed his viewpoint during his speech on the stage of the People’s Alliance of Democracy after he had conflicts with Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin to the point he forsook and separated from him. He also illustrated it in his pocketbook, “Know What Thaksin Is Up To 4.” He entirely unmasked the real identity of the scandalous former Prime Minister as follows:
“I have been in political arena for more than 30 years and never seen any government as heinous as Thaksin’s because it is a government that cheats over everything in its path… I beg for forgiveness once again. I was besotted with someone’s words in 2000 when he said he was ready. He wanted to keep one part of his money for his 3 children; and another part for the two of them, his wife and him. He said they would not be able to use up the money in this life no matter how so he wanted to use the rest of the money to pay back his obligation to the realm. Does Thaksin still remember those words? I thought this person would be repentant after he became depraved. However, I now know he is evil for defrauding the country. He was bold enough to burn the city for insurance reimbursement. He thinks about things in layers and ponders every step. When I was the government administrator for Gen. Chawalit Yongchaiyuth, we had fiscal problems. There was no one as Treasury Minister because Amneuy Veerawan suddenly resigned. Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin sent someone in to do it and then floated the baht currency value. He enjoyed all the pleasure while others had non-performing loans in the entire country. And then he had the nerve to come back to be the leader.”
Saneau mentioned in one part of the book, “Knowing What Thaksin Is Up To 4” that he objected Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin’s policy to register the indigent by suggesting that it could not be done because the people in debt who were not poor would enroll too. It would cost more money in the end. However, he replied, ‘Oh! Brother. Would the blind be afraid of tigers? We wouldn’t get their votes if we don’t say that, would we?’ His words suggested he was insane with his policy. He simply announced it first and found the way to market it later. He took the risk ahead just to get the votes first. He did not care about bureaucratic practices. I warned him even about the Housing & Community Development Fund that it was bordering on buying votes because it was around election. Thaksin said, ‘Oh!... The power is ours. Even the Office of the Election Commission belongs to us.’”
Saneua further exposed Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin. He said Thaksin told his ministers in the government not to think too much and just do what he said. The ministers who thought too much, who were carefully and diligently warring with him, were unable to stay at all. Those who could stay must answer with “yes” only. Moreover, family business system was used to absolutely manage benefits in the government. This included bringing an entire team of people who used to work for his company and positioning them in every ministry without any need for authority of any official position. However, everybody in the ministry would know a particular person belonged to him and every matter had to go through this individual. It could be said there were 2-3 people who were like foremen to oversee benefits of each ministry. He also sent people to seize positions in various committees of the House of Representatives.
It was no difference in the Cabinet for all of the projects being approved. Any minister who proposed projects and requested enormous amount of central budget must clear with his people first. Several ministers had his people set up budgets and determine how many billions baht were needed because 10% must go to his party. That meant that they could do whatever project by just drafting it up. They had to hire consultants belonging to him while the project was being worked on. The method he was most adept with was to make use of special regulations. This was particularly so through setting datelines that projects had to be completed by a certain date, just like in the case of Suvarnabhumi Airport, in order to use special procurement.
Ministers had to manage their projects by setting up budgets first with 10% that had to be deducted for his party padded to the value of each project. After that, they had to agree with his people through his Lady wife. When those were ready, they had to send the projects to political representatives he trusted. Once those got to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister would propose and approve them altogether. His ministers did not need to think or question.
“I talked to Lady Aor about what she would do if she got another 100 billion baht. They both said they realized that but once they were into politics, they had expenses so it had to be regarded as business. I warned them quite heavily that the person who would be in trouble the most in the future was the leader. Lady Aor unflinchingly replied that she knew. However, Thai Rak Thai Party had to be powerful for two successive governments for them to be safe if Thaksin had to quit.”
Saneua said in another part, “The truly most unbelievable thing was the case of the Director of the Office of Auditor General of Thailand (OAG) when his work was intervened. Thaksin interfered with independent agencies and infringed on Royal authority. It was the last straw that made me get up to announce my decisive severance from him in the middle of the House. If he could have taken my life, he would have. He was enraged but afraid to…. Needless to talk about how Thaksin’s behaviors were those days because it got to the point that one single individual was creating problems to the entire nation. This individual corrupts to get to power and uses that power to corrupt further. He is the most dangerous person to the country.”
Thaksin is horrendous because he is a man of education. His ideas are focused on plans to exploit others and that was really sordid when he was the leader of the country. He could do it in anyway and cheat on anything. This individual has no political ideology, not even a just a little. He was bold enough to burn down the city for insurance reimbursement. During the economic crisis of 1999 in the case of floating the baht with only 3-4 people knowing the gimmick, they deliberately planned that together and it made them enormously rich. However, the rest of the people went bankrupt across the country.
The then current Constitution (1999) was seriously utilized during the 2001 election. He studied the various loopholes in it well and invested in it fully by taking advantage of the national crisis and the destitution he caused. He cheated even in election methods, especially on printing the ballots in excess of the actual amount.
To this day, everyone in every institution knows we have the nation, the religion, and the monarchy. We have national defense we must maintain. We have the country’s democracy and the police to look after people’s assets. We have a governor to oversee each province and a district chief for each district. We have a system but this individual is destroying it. He gets rid of and sets up any ministry he wants. He establishes whatever ministry that will benefit him. He dispatches people to this or that ministry depending on whether or not those people would fulfill his authority. It had never been like that before so there are only two options left for citizens. Will we keep Thaksin or our country? I think I can endure people betraying me but I cannot let them betraying our nation.”
Kanin Boonsuwan, an independent academician, wrote in a book called “The Constitution Is Dead” by referring to 10 evil ways of Thaksin regime as follows:
1. Manage the country like extension of his family business and the business empire of his allies.
2. Transform the Constitution into a new form of tool for dictatorship.
3. Use marketing propaganda and money as the main mechanism to manage the country.
4. Turn the country into a battle ground of violence such as by changing the 3 southern border provinces into an area of degeneration.
5. Use instinct of “a power predator to think only to exploit his opponents rather than using “spirit” to create national reconciliation.
6. Attain prominence and power by virtue of the Constitution but never genuinely appreciate its importance. He makes every effort to directly exploit the vulnerability of the Constitution to shamelessly ensure his access to and stay in power as long as he wants.
7. Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin represents the type of leader who thinks, talks, does, changes and forgets fast.
8. Engage in nepotism and discrimination.
9. Manage the country with him as the only smart person.
10. Thaksin regime is a new political innovation under the supervision of his business empire with him trying to make himself and his family its center.
Another important person who reveals the essence of Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin’s identity is Sulak Sivaraksa or “S. Sivaraksa,” a senior thinker. He said, “Not to mention other people, even I had been deceived by Thaksin for a year. I used to support him and I believe people now have eyes to see the moral just like me. It may have been slow but they must see it… I have deeply seen through all of it and this is about ethics. Thaksin has no ethics. He lies and pretends. He lies and fibs about everything. He totally uses the Ministries, Departments and Offices in all those ministries so how would we be able to accept this individual?”