- Posted December 25, 2013 by
UNMASKING THAKSIN REGIME (PART 1): BUILDING IMAGE OF DEMOCRACY BUT EARNING A LIVING THROUGH MILITARY DICTATORSHIP
Before being wealthy and becoming a millionaire from telecommunication business, the life of Thaksin Shinawatra, the scandalous former prime minister, was unbelievably in a condition of suffering many setbacks to the point of paying with bounced checks. However, his get-rich-quick scheme arrived during an era of the National Committee to Maintain Order or NCMO with Gen. Sunthorn Kongsompong, or “Big George,” as the leader of a coup d’ etat to seize the government power under the leadership of Gen. Chatichai Choonhavan or “Uncle Chat,” a former prime minister.
During the time when NCMO was under the leadership of “Big George” with absolute control over the country, Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin through Lady Pojaman Na Pombejra (Shinawatra), his former wife from whom he legally divorced, approached the coup leader till he eventually got Thaicom satellite concession. This was the beginning of telecommunications monopoly that turned him into a millionaire in just a few years and it led to a phrase “Without you, I would not have had today.” He declared he would never forget the favor from Gen. Sunthorn for giving him the Thaicom satellite concession.
The image of Lady Pojaman or “Lady Aor” along with Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin with his hand holding his crotch showing his humility for the coup leader becomes a historic image that would be criticized later.
After a successful career in business by running toward a military dictator, Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin also expanded his realm of business and wealth by going on a spending spree to buy powerful politicians and executives in government agencies or state enterprises that are responsible for telecommunications to accommodate his business. Some of those executives succumbed and resigned from their executive posts to become high-paid executives in companies affiliated with Shinawatra conglomerate.
Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin and a bunch of lackeys in the Thaksin regime usually build an image of adherence to democratic and parliamentary regime all the time. They accused those who committed the coup d’etat of being dictators who destroyed democracy despite him and his henchmen being observed to have their true self in absolute contrast based on their real behaviors.
The image of Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin paid his humble tribute to “Big George” as the coup leader when he was in power in the NCMO era was an evidence to clearly reflect that Thaksin does not admire or have faith in democracy like how he builds the image. He is ready to do anything to achieve his own business goals. Even he himself gave an interview to express his outlook that democracy was not his real goal but the power to govern the country.
13 charges and/or convictions that Thaksin will be nullified from if the Amnesty Bill is passed by the Senate (set to be heard around Nov 6-11 after it was hastily passed by Congress on Nov 1 at 0425 AM):
1. Land fraud in Ratchada area in 1999 while he was the PM. This case is already final and he was sentenced to 2 years in prison in 2008. This prompted his self-imposed excile.
2. A tax evasion case in 2001 while he was still the PM. This was finalized and 460 billion baht was confiscated from him. If the Amnesty Bill is passed by the Senate (and it likely will), the money along with interest totaling over 600 billion baht will be returned to him.
3. Corruption over procurement of laboratory equipment to check agricultural produce.
4. Fraud over lottery system.
5. Becoming unusually wealthy after he became a PM.
6. Submitting false personal assets.
7. Loaning 40 billion baht to Myanmar through Exim Bank to accommodate his own business at Shin Corp.
8. Amending the law to convert concession tax to excise tax to accommodate his own business at Shin Corp.
9. Corruption over the purchase of several fire trucks. He is a co-defendant along with Pracha Maleenon who has just escaped the country after the court issued a verdict and sentenced him (Pracha) to prison.
10. Corruption over a housing project for the poor.
11. Corruption over the construction of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in the so-called CTX case.
12. Corruption over the construction of Suvarnabhumi International Airport, a separate case related to the Airport’s conduits system.
13. Fraud over 80 billion baht loan from a government bank (Krung Thai) to his son’s construction company.
All of these charges happened when Thaksin was the PM, well before the political protests by Redshirts in 2010 under Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government. You see, some of these charges carry death sentences. Redshirts have been held hostage as excuses to pass the Amnesty Bill. The bill is for one fraudulent person only with amnesty to other people only as by-product.