Confused, confusing and worse

2 05 2020

Readers of newspapers can be excused for being still confused about the junta/post-junta’s virus response (and its reporting).

Domestic flights have resumed with extra safety protocols with a curfew still in place. Meanwhile, tens of thousands have jumped in cars and traveled off across the country on holiday. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is reportedly “concerned about the possibility of increased virus transmission.” No matter how one feels about the virus and its current state, doesn’t this seem just a little confused?

Clipped from the Bangkok Post

And for more confusion, yesterday it was reported:

The nationwide alcohol sales ban due to end on Thursday has been extended until May 31, permanent secretary for the interior Chatchai Promlert said on Thursday.

“The alcohol sales ban is one of the Covid-19 containment measures being extended under an order by the CCSA, which means no sales of alcohol are allowed until further notice,” he said.

Mr Chatchai said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed the ban extension to avoid any confusion.

Gen Somsak Rungsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council in his capacity as the head of the central coordination office of the CCSA, said the NSC would hold talks with the Interior Ministry, provincial governors and the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council about a formal announcement requiring provinces nationwide to strictly follow the alcohol sales ban.

Today, we have this:

Sales of alcoholic beverages will be allowed again from Sunday but people will only be able to drink at home and not in restaurants when they reopen, the government said on Friday.

Obviously the regime has overruled those it put in charge of the virus response. Why? We can only wonder if there hasn’t been pressure from “Team Thailand” – the group of billionaires.

Then there’s the callousness. Following another suicide, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s CCSA, responding to “a reporter’s question regarding the young woman’s suicide, … said it was ‘not unexpected’.”

That uncaring display has been followed up with nastiness by Finance permanent secretary Prasong Poontaneat who declares that the 1000 demonstrating outside his ministry “to demand 5,000 baht per month in aid are not really in need and may even be exploiting the media exposure and people’s goodwill.” In other words, they are cheats and thieves, seeking to drain the public purse (unlike the king and the tycoons or the crooks in the regime).

Prasong should be sacked. He won’t be for all he does is display the traits of the rich and powerful, always looking down on the poor and disadvantaged.


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