- Posted December 3, 2013 by
Why Thai People Reject the Government
Thaksin Shinawatra the billionaire fugitive ex-prime minister, is accused of being solely the cause of political conflicts and people uprising presently going on in Thailand. He is loved by many and at the same time deeply hated by multitudes of people. The international communities may find it hard to understand why Thai people want to drive out the government that come from election process. Yingluck Shinawatra, his sister and current Prime Minister and her Phua Thai political party, seem to the world to have won the election. In reality the election was rife with massive vote buying, financed by her fugitive brother. How did he accumulate such great wealth to enable him to still be a great obstacle to real democracy in Thailand. The followings are some of his actions while in power.
1. Amended the Telecommunication Tax Act. His company and holdings paid less tax. His gain amount to 8 billions baht.($267 millions)
2. Reduced the government concession fee to his own Television businesses. His gain was approximately 20 billions baht.($667 millions)
3. Appointed Chaiyasit Shinawatra, his brother, Chief of Staff of the Army. Further extended his power grip.
4. Appointed Preopandh Damapongs, his brother-in-law, deputy chief of police.
5. Appointed Vasana Peumlap, his police crony, chairman of the Election Board.
6. Appointed Surasit Sankhapongs, his police crony, director of the Government Lottery Division. The great cash-cow of the country.
7. Intimidated bank to granted 4 billions baht loan to Myanmar government who then used that fund to lease his company's communication satellite. The loan is now in default.
8. Transformed PTT (Petroleum Authority of Thailand) into public company. All company stock offerings were bought within 1 minute and 17 seconds of the market opening. Guess whose family now own majority shares. In 2005, the company profit was 160,000 billions baht ($5.1 billion). The wealth that used to belong to the nation now belong to him and his cronies.
9. His son's company got a 5 billions baht interest-free, open-ended loan from government control ICT organization.
These are just a fraction of what Thaksin Shinawatra have accomplished using his clout as Prime Minister of Thailand. He eventually was found guilty of corruptions and abused of power in some land-deal not even mentioned above. Sentenced to two years in prison, he fled the country and vowed never to leave the people of Thailand in peace, having been confiscated in the tune of 46 billions baht for his wrongdoings. That was just a tiny fraction of his ill-gotten wealth. He succeeded in financing and setting up a new political party, “Phua Thai” which went on to gain majority, in the House of Parliament. He then remotely ordered all the Representatives who in reality are all his political servants, fully bought and paid for, to select his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra to head the government. Without any experience and knowledge, she then proceed to appointed cabinet-full of ministers, mostly from the rank of Representatives who dutifully served her brother and his goal.
Thai people in the most part stayed quiet and continued their peaceful way of life. The government economic policy, commanded from abroad, started to show its effect in increasing cost of livings. The cost of energy started to soar. Thai people are spending more than their American counterpart in obtaining the same gallon of gasoline. The Rice Crop Buying and Selling Program, dreamed up by Thaksin, is a total disaster for the country but enriched a small group of his close friends and family beyond any estimation. The nation is moving closer and closer to bankruptcy. Thaksinism is on its way to totally disrupted the normal way-of-life of the Thai people.
The last offense that may spelled the end of Thaksinism is the passing of the law that will grant him total pardon. The law that brought the Great Mass of People out onto the streets and protested loudly in what is now known as “The Great September Whistle-blowers Revolution”. The People strongly rejected Thaksinism and no longer allow it to exist on their land. As of today (Dec.3, 2013) they seem to be very close to achieving their goal.