Free water for 6 months : how do you say “U-turn” in thai ?

… “u-turn”.


Consider the following piece. Disclaimer : I saw many lunacies and involuntary weird umor from thai officials… but this one is a winner. An olympic one. Ready ?

NESDB, the state economic think-tank is set to review the government’s free water supply policy in the metropolitan area after it found that water consumption has barely come down after a month of the promotion campaign.

National Economic and Social Development Board Secretary General, Ampon Kitti-ampon explained the reason the state-initiated free water supply stimulus measure is to be reviewed is that the campaign seems to have failed to promote conservation.

As one of the six-month long six stimulus measures, any household that uses less than 50 cubic meters of water per month will not have to pay the bill.

However, Ampon said that after the implementation of this measure at the beginning of August, statistics show that household consumption of water has remained the same as before the campaign started.

Therefore, the NESDB will propose that the government bring down the bar to 30 cubic meters.

Ampon believes such a change would help the campaign yield more resource conservation even though it would not cost the government any less. (TOC)

We need to go slowly, because again, I swear, we are confronted to a gold medal.

1- the free water goodie is part of a “stimulus package” or “rescue package” decided by the gvt, to help people to cope with higher inflation (read here)
Tax cuts on diesel, free water, electricity, buses and trains. For 6 months. Only.

2-the free water and electricity was to help the very poor people (those who consume little).
Absolutly not to promote conservation of water
! To say the contrary is a blatant lie.

3-the idea that they can promote conservation of something (anything, from oil to food, to electricity, to dirty magazines, to bananas to som tam) by making those things FREE or by reducing their prices, is totally surreal.

In the real world, it’s of course the opposite ! But anyway, what a twisted logic. They tell us now that they were thinking (bullshit) : “we make free until 50 cubic meters, therefore the people who use 60 are going to reduce their consumption to enjoy the gift” ! Ah ah ah.

4-the NESDB, “therefore” will propose to the gvt to… reduce the limit from 50 to 30 cubic meters per month !

This will only reduce the number of people who enjoy free water ! Talk about a “stimulus plan”. πŸ˜‰ And again, it will have no effect whatsoever on “conservation“. Water is so cheap in Thailand. And water is not like beer.

5-and in a striking Grand Finale, under probably even more powerfull drugs, the guy drops this “inference” : “it would not cost the government any less“. πŸ˜‰


It’s huge. I’m going to put it on my wall.

Anyway, I smell a translation error. πŸ˜‰

6-Voila. A pathetic U-turn : how to start to say : “Damned our stimulus plan costs a lot… We made a freaking mistake… We need to reduce it”… without saying it clearly, by using cheap rethoric, false inference and idiotic dialectic (and blatant lie… about conservation).

Last word : the NESDB is not a small agency, lost in a sleepy town somewhere in the Kingdom… Those guys… are in charge of calculating… the GDP figures and economic growth forecasts !

Yes sir. Nothing less πŸ˜‰

I love this country.

4 Responses to “Free water for 6 months : how do you say “U-turn” in thai ?”

  1. 1 Bangkok Pundit 12 September 2008 at 3:24 am

    NESDB are bizarre. Electricity consumption might go down ever so slightly as there are different bandwitdths (one is free and the other you only pay 50%), but was water consumption going to go down? Practically, it can be easier to save electricity than water. It was about saving those households money.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 12 September 2008 at 4:50 am

    Exactly. It makes no sense.

    And this is why I used the word “lie”. Unless the whole story is a total misinterpretation/translation mistake (and we all know that it’s possible in Thailand)… the NESDB is way out of touch with reality there.

  3. 3 marcel barang 12 September 2008 at 6:02 am

    There is a further twist to the story:
    For years, whatever the season, my monthly water bill has amounted to 92 baht and a few satang. For the past two months, the government has kindly footed the bill, allegedly to help poor consumers (among whom I’m not, but thanks anyway).
    Last month and this month, though, right in the rainy season when I seldom have to water the plants, the bill has shot up to 107.59 and 172.38 baht respectively. And no, there is no water leakage in or around the house.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 12 September 2008 at 7:09 am

    Are you the real Marcel Barang ?

    C’est un plaisir de vous voir ici. πŸ˜‰

    As for your bill, well I guess it’s another thai mystery.

    It would credit the idea that the gvt is trying to take back what he gave.

    Actually, there is exactly the same thing going on for electricity.

    Consider this news, about the coming increase… of the FT charge :

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