Populist for its political allies

9 12 2014

As readers will recall, when the anti-democrats were on the streets, many of its “supporters” and its thugs were trucked in from the south. Many were rubber growers, and some of the larger growers provided money for the movement. Readers will also recall that the anti-democrats campaigned against “populist” policy.

The anti-democrats and its allies in the military hounded the Yingluck Shinawatra government on its “populism” and vowed to end such policies.

It is ironic – not the right word, we know – that the military junta has announced “four more short-term measures to arrest plummeting rubber prices ahead of a planned protest by farmers on Tuesday.” These four measures are added to 12 earlier measures! The cost, according to the junta Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Amnuay Patise is 58 billion baht.

The new measures hand out “1,000 baht per household with no more than 15 rai…”; “the existing rubber buffer fund, with outstanding amount of 20 billion baht, will buy rubber products worth 6 billion baht at a time for exports and price support”; “credit worth 100,000 baht will be extended so each planter can invest in a side-line job without having to turn to loan sharks”; and some other bits and pieces that include “pushing the three major buyer groups – cooperatives, Rubber Estate Organisation and latex buyers – to help farmers.”

Did anyone mention hypocrisy? Perhaps not. Just supporting your political allies.


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5 11 2015
Junta populism and promoting business | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As reasonable observers know, this is smoke and mirrors. PPT has posted on the junta’s populist-inspired policies for some time. Back in October 2014, we posted on a considerable sum earmarked for programs labeled “not populism.” This included measures to increase consumption and employment: 40 billion baht in aid for farmers and 129 billion baht  to create jobs through investment projects. The “populist” attention to its anti-democrat support base in the south has also been noted. […]

5 11 2015
Junta populism and promoting business | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As reasonable observers know, this is smoke and mirrors. PPT has posted on the junta’s populist-inspired policies for some time. Back in October 2014, we posted on a considerable sum earmarked for programs labeled “not populism.” This included measures to increase consumption and employment: 40 billion baht in aid for farmers and 129 billion baht  to create jobs through investment projects. The “populist” attention to its anti-democrat support base in the south has also been noted. […]

1 12 2018
Rubbery funds | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] to the anti-democrats in 2013-14, Some of our earlier posts on support for rubber planters are here, here and […]

1 12 2018
Rubbery funds | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to the anti-democrats in 2013-14, Some of our earlier posts on support for rubber planters are here, here and […]