Down the Thaksin road

19 08 2010

Is it just PPT that feels a sense of déjà vu in reading the press over the last couple of days?

First, related to a PPT post of a few days ago, we have more news on the King Power takeover of Leicester City Football Club. One of Thailand’s wealthiest men, and one with political connections, Vichai Raksriaksorn, is claimed to be “set to turn Thailand into the Asian football-academy hub.” Of course, this is to be on his own vast land holdings, and he suggests near Suvarnabhumi airport where the King Power group has the duty free monopoly. It is said that “Many hundreds of millions of baht would be spent in setting up the Leicester City football academy in Thailand…”.

Doesn’t this sound like Thaksin Shinawatra when he took over Manchester City? Remember his Liverpool deal that failed in 2004, his Man City deal that saw Thaksin signing three Thai players in 2007 and they were first Thai players ever on the books of a Premier League club, his claims that the deal would be great for Thai football, the Thai themes he pursued with the club, and the politics of football. As Thaksin’s sone was involved at Man City, so it Vichai’s son, who is now Leicester City’s executive director. Leicester City’s stadium will be renamed the King Power Stadium.

Second, there is the story in the Bangkok Post regarding 3G licensing – yes, we know, 3G is now ancient in technology terms, but Thailand is just creaking round to it. The report is that the “National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Wednesday defended its efforts to limit foreign participation in the country’s telecommunications sector, arguing that the rules do not violate global trade commitments.” Clearly this is another Abhisit Vejjajiva government attempt to attack Advanced Info Service (AIS) – associated with Thaksin’s sale of Shin Corp to Singapore’s Temasek.

Didn’t Thaksin get quite a deal of stick in his “nationalist” days when he was even accused of being anti-foreign, not least in telecoms (where his family had a huge stake)? See some of the story here.

Third, and most obvious, the Democrat Party-led regime’s never-ending attempts to ladle money into the countryside – something he party chastised Thaksin for. Arguably, Thaksin had more a program for the loot than the current government does and the criticisms of Thaksin for policy-related vote-buying would apply to the Democrat Party if they had any policies other than shoveling the money out to curry favor.

The Thai world keeps turning but seems to return to Thaksin again and again.


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