Traffic jam in the “Bozo” gallery.
But this one is an olympic one. Albeit a very scary one…
Ranongrak has been nominated Deputy Finance Minister… Previously, she was a… nurse (her bio here).
Last week, she gave her first formal press briefing… And the thai journalists are still laughing.
To a question regarding VAT and its impact on the poors, she said :
“I think the VAT is quite fair. It’s just the tourists who pay, don’t they ? Other people don’t have any problem”…
And then the “bouquet final”.
“I am trying to learn everything that is under my responsability. As soon as I learned about my appointment, I did a search on the Internet to see what the Finance Ministry actually does”. (Bangkok Post)
! ! ! ! !
Her current responsibilities are considerable, and include: the Excise Department, the Treasury Department, the Export-Import Bank, the Comptroller General’s Office, the Islamic Bank of Thailand and Dhanarak Asset Management.
Serve it cold, and savour… 😉
Guess what… 9 months later (december 2008)… she is the new IT Minister ! Merci Abhisit ! 😉