Corrupt Thaksin and Yingluck
( Last edit 2013-11-24 )
Since his self-exile in 2008, fugitive convicted corrupt ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, has been relentlessly pulling strings through his cronies to gain government power through electoral frauds to commit corruptions in Thailand. It was possible because Thaksin had concealed billions of dollars in offshore accounts outside Thailand from his previous PM terms. It was so much that he was able to buy Manchester city soccer club for himself and later sold at 141 million dollars to launder elsewhere such as in gold and diamond mines on Africa. Moreover, his accomplices have never been eradicated and thus leaving open oppotunities for Thaksin's return.
Having been caught of the electoral frauds, despite Thai public's prosecution and subsequent revocation of Thaksin's puppet party(TRT Party), Thaksin's cronies have regained the power under a new name (PPP People's Power Party) in 2007. In late 2008, Thaksin's puppet government of Samak and Somchai lost the parliament majority and the government seats. Early 2009 saw Thaksin's devastation of Thai economy through red-shirts violent protesters blocking ASEAN summit meeting in Pataya on the east coast of Thailand. This was witnessed and photographed by journalists.
In, 2010 after the Supreme Court's sentencing in absentia to 2-year imprisonment and confiscation of his 1.5 billion dollar assets, Thaksin retaliated against Thailand with lengthy red-shirt rallies in centers of Bangkok. There were thousands of hired violent red-shirts first at Rajdamnern avenue and later centered at Rajprasong junction which is the high street financial district of Thailand, housing major tourist attractions, hotels, and shopping complexes. Foreign journalists photographed military weapons carried and fired by men-in-black among the red-shirts. They rioted and killed civillians and officers as well as burnt down several buildings in the capital as well as several city town halls in several districts in the north and northeast stronghold of Thaksin. The army had to step in to crack down the riots. Nearly a hundred lives were lost in the March-to-May 2010's seize of Bangkok. Thaksin's opposition, Abhisit's government had to concede and agreed to prematurely dissolve the parliament for a general election in 2011.
In July 2011, there was a general election which resulted in the victory of Thaksin's sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, through well-planned intensive media frauds, electoral frauds and vote buying. She had also promised numerous fabulous populist policies for the poor, claiming she would half the petrol price, reduce cost of living, tax-exemption for first-car owners and increase the base salary. At 40+ years of age, the first ever lady and youngest PM of Thailand, Yingluck was in-experienced in politics and running the country. Prior to the PM seat, she had been only a pretty presenter and a puppet director for her brother's mega billion telecom and real estate businesses. All the same for two years in political power, she has been remotely puppeteered by the fugitive Thaksin. Consequently, the country's economy is now in catastrophe because of her government centralized huge corruptions.
As a result of Thaksin's tyrant mandate, Yingluck lacks the will to administer the country properly. She concentrates only on Thaksin's two objectives: first, mega billion projects for corruption through huge borrowing budgets; and second, passing the amnesty bill for her fugitive convicted brother.
Instead of accomplishing her promises, Yingluck has failed in all areas of administration such as national economy and natural disasters management. The gigantic water project worth of 10 billion dollars turns out to be illegally processed. A Thaksin's populist initiative to please Thai rice farmers, the government monopoly trading of rice, becomes a very large scandals of corruption and a gushing lost of 30 billion dollars in two years. World Bank has seriously warned Thailand of this disastrous rice project as a great threat to Thai economy whereas Thai farmers get only partial benefits. Two years into Yingluck's term, Thai people have suffered greater hardship because of rapidly rising high cost of living and several extensive floods. Thai petrol and gas prices are much higher than neighbouring countries although Thai has her own petroleum resources and has been a major exporter.
Al Jazeera, November 24, 2012: Thailand Protesters Call for PM to Quit
CNN November 13, 2013: Thailand's Yingluck on shaky ground as protests gather steam
Bloomberg November 7, 2013: Thailand’s Big Brother Drama
As for corruption, international media such as BBC, Bloomberg and CCTV have criticized Thaksin Shinawatra as the cause of devastation of Thai economy. Previously, Thailand was known to them as "Land of Smile" and enviable because of the fertile land. But now the smile is scarce and the country has changed from the Kingdom of Thailand to the Republic of Thaksin.
Still toward the end of her first two years in PM seat, instead of solving people's suffering, Yingluck pushes very hard for all constitution amendments to serve the two main Thaksin's objectives, such as 670-billion-dollars-borrowing bill for high speed train system which would create 50-year debt for generations of Thais to pay back.
Thaksin and Yingluck's popularity has been rapidly declined even among red-shirts. Although Thai people of all sectors have come out to protest against Yingluck government for her failures, she mostly chooses to hide away on unnecessary trips abroad more than spending time in the office, claiming her visit is to earn international relationship and trade.
In the last quarter of 2013, Thaksin even pushes his sister harder to pass the amnesty bill but it turned out to be opposed from all directions, even from ideological red-shirts and grass roots who have been suffering most from Yingluck's failures. Also, the draft amnesty bill designed to include Thaksin as well as Yingluck's all corruptions, is against the anti-corruption international charter and is disputed by UN. The bill is now in dormant after the senate's rejection. However, it can be resumed in the House of representatives again in the next six months. By that time the draft would immediately be passed by the lower house with ease.
AFP News Agency November 11, 2013
In the meantime, the government has amended article 190 of the constitution to enable the government to make a deal with foreign countries of any matters without being checked by the parliament. Thaksin orders Yingluck to accept whatever the verdict of International Court of Justice passed and cooperate with the counterpart Cambodian government under secret deals unknown to the public.
The battle of Thais against Yingluck becomes more intense on streets of Bangkok and cities throughout the country, in October and November 2013. Particularly when ICJ accept Cambodian to interpret the 1962's ruling and now in November 2013 passed a verdict in favour of Cambodia which would make Thailand losing about 2 square kilometer area on the Pra Viharn hill top beyond the temple's promontory. Yingluck immediately comes out to accept the ICJ ruling. She insists that it is a win-win benefit to Thailand. Geographically, any sane people would obviously see that Pra Viharn temple naturally belongs to Thailand, not Cambodia. Actually, Thailand is not supposed to yield any territory behind the watershed line at the hill crest because we have the righteous 1904-1907 Thai-French convention which holds the hill crest as readily existing national boundary.
Al Jazeera, November 11, 2013: Mass Protests in Bangkok Against Amnesty Bill
Initially, in 1962 when ICJ first passed the unfair verdict upon Pra Viharn temple, Thai government then, declared that in the future Thailand would resume the Pra Viharn temple and reserved the rights not to accept the ICJ's tricky verdict. Thailand protested by quitting the ICJ's membership ever since. This time, Thais are more aware of Thaksin's petroleum conspiracy with Hunsen for the oil rigs in the gulf of Thailand. Thus Thais unite to expel the Cambodian-favour traitor Yingluck government.
As Thaksin's cronies were trying hastily to amend the constitution with several fraudulent measures, on November 20, 2013, 312-MPs and senators on Yingluck's side were found guilty for abuse of authority in the Constitutional Court. The punishment would be soon proceeded later in the Supreme Court and very likely that all 312 MPs and senators would be punished as they have already been found guilty of criminal offences. But all Yingluck's politicians arrogantly refuse to accept the court's authority.
Leaving with no choice, Yingluck tells her fugitive brother to crackdown the widespread Thai protesters. There are rumours that Thaksin hires red-shirts to rally and pose threats against the Thai protesters and brings in Cambodian men-in black soldiers to massacre them.
Therefore, Thais request your understanding in our solemn rights to protest againt Thaksin's regime and Yingluck's corrupt government that we would:
1. overthrow Yingluck's corrupt government and all corrupt MPs and senators who are now no longer righteous to hold any political posts;
2. establish a reformation of Thailand politics toward the genuinely democratic Constitutional Monarchy with a well checked and balanced system;
3. reject any unfair ICJ's ruling involving Thailand for whatever there may be, since Thailand has our own sovereignty and we have definite proofs of unfair verdicts of ICJ upon us;
4. demand withdrawal of Cambodian troops and civillians from Thai territory as defined by 1904 and 1907 Thai-French Convention upon Thai-Indochina border.
Over one million of people come out to protest and expel Yingluck Shinawatra, puppet of Thaksin, on November 24, 2013. But various media are reluctant to report the actual near-estimate as exemplified by Asian Correspondent.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 24, 2013: Thai anti-government protesters stage major rally
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