Further updated: Floods and politics II, monarchy

2 11 2010

In an earlier post, PPT commented on the politics of the floods. Maybe the elite does read PPT, for they are dumping in money to solve the huge political problems they are facing due to their incompetent and initially mean response that was riddled by corruption. Throwing in more money might just permit greater corruption.

One report, in The Nation, seemed worthy of comment. It says this: “Over the past two weeks, His Majesty the King has graciously granted Bt21 million to help flood victims, of which Bt10 million was contributed via the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under Royal Patronage yesterday. The foundation will spend the donation on relief items for affected people. On October 19, His Majesty gave another Bt10 million to the foundation for the delivery of basic necessities to people in flood-ravaged areas. Fourth Army Region chief Lt-General Udomchai Thammasaroj said His Majesty had donated another Bt1 million for flood victims in the South via the Army.”

PPT supposes that every baht of relief is gratefully received. If our poor mathematical skills are working, we can estimate that the king has donated an amount equivalent to 0.002% of the Crown Property Bureau’s assets. That’s about 1% of what the  Royal Household Bureau drew from public funds in 2008. It’s about the same as the king’s Maybach limousine when new.

Update 1: The Nation reports that the monarchy/royal family has shelled out a further 5 million baht on flood relief. This is the statement: “As many regions still suffer from flooding and a cold snap, Their Majesties the King and Queen Tuesday graciously presented Bt5 million of their savings for the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department to buy flashlights, food, bottled water and other daily necessities for those affected in various areas.” From their savings! Poor souls are probably going to struggle now that they are eating into their “savings” that total in excess of 900 billion baht. Maybe they’ll need to line up at the local amphur office to collect their aged allowance of 500 baht a month.

Update 2: Taking the rich, mean-spirited line further, readers should see Not The Nation. More seriously, The Thai Report has a set of links on new flooding.



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2 11 2010
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6 11 2010
Royals and Abhisit on floods « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] That Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has met the king at Siriraj Hospital to talk floods – where the latter has been for coming up 16 months – is widely reported. It seems that both Abhisit and the king need some positive publicity following Abhisit’s tardy, seemingly unconcerned and incompetent response and the royal family’s apparently mean response. […]

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