Dumping more taxpayer money for the benefit of royalists

22 05 2012

It is remarkable how the Yingluck Shinawatra government has appeared not so much as a clone of Thaksin Shinawatra and the Thai Rak Thai government but a clone of the Abhisit Vejjajiva government.

Many of the things that Abhisit did in very clumsy and elite lazy ways, Yingluck is doing “better.” So lese majeste is untouchable, red shirts languish in jail, Yingluck sucks up to Prem Tinsulanonda, and now, she throws taxpayers money at a project that subsidizes the royalist Sino-Thai business elite.

At The Irrawaddy it is reported that the Yingluck government has approved “203 projects that will cost more than 30 billion baht (US $1 billion) to support a deep-sea port and an industrial zone in Burma’s southern town of Dawei…”. The report states:

According to its Government Public Relations Department, Thailand is taking part in the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and industrial estate in Burma, a project that will help spur the Burmese economy while upgrading the western part of Thailand into a new trade hub.

Thailand urged Burma to support the plan despite the Burmese government going cold on the project. The project is promoted by the Italian-Thai Development PLC, said to be “the biggest construction company in Thailand.”

The plan has seen “local residents … complain … about unfair treatment over land confiscation and forced relocation. They worry that the development projects will cost them their land and livelihoods.” Around “30,000 people may have to be relocated by the end of 2013 to make way for the project, which is expected to be completed by 2015.”

Our earlier posts on the project were here, here and here.

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