Joke of the day : “we will not allow it to happen… again” (the airport closure)

The Joke Of The Day Gold Medal goes to Abhisit, our new Prime Minister.

And obviously he takes his new job very seriously, because right away he puts the level very high (about jokes). 😉

We regret the incident and will not allow it to happen again,” the newly elected prime minister Mr Abhisit told Thai tourism industry representatives on Wednesday.

During the airport closures Mr Abhisit stayed silent and did not condemn the action by the People’s Alliance for Democracy. One of the PAD leaders is a member of his Democracy party, which now controls a majority in parliament.

On Wednesday he defended the military for not intervening to clear the airport because the army had been put in a “difficult position”. He did not elaborate. (Bangkok Post)

You bet he didn’t want to “elaborate”.

You know what ? I think we are going to have a lot of fun.

18 Responses to “Joke of the day : “we will not allow it to happen… again” (the airport closure)”


  1. 1 fall 17 December 2008 at 5:00 pm

    …he defended the military for not intervening to clear the airport because the army had been put in a “difficult position”.
    What “difficult position”? When government declare State of Emergency, the PM became C-in-C. The army should be answering why they do not follow orders, instead of some BS “difficult position”.

    The soldier was the instrument of the state, not its master, and the state was the citizens. The citizens made their choice of civil government, and that government tasked the army. The army couldn’t pick and choose which lawful orders it obeyed. An army that took those dicisions upon itself undermined democracy, and ended up overthrowing the government.

  2. 2 Thai Patriot 17 December 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I thought the most chilling and revealing part of the statement was: “I’m sorry this had to happen”

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 17 December 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I like to use irony in my articles. But the… whole piece is indeed “chilling and revealing”. Very revealing. And as usual, we find this special “ingenuity”. It’s something that several thai politicians seem to share.

  4. 4 Mac 18 December 2008 at 1:08 am

    Fall – Bear in mind what Gen Prem said: The army is like a racehorse. The government is merely the jockey, not the owner. The owner can change jockeys if they see fit to do so.

  5. 5 thaichris 18 December 2008 at 1:51 am

    @TC

    Please keep your promise. In a blog on Monday you said that you will not criticise Abhisit for 7 days. But you hit at him since then at least once a day. Just giv him a chance.

    Did you listen to his speech on Wenesday? I mean in Thai? It was a very good message. He clearly stated that it is time to look forward. To adress the issues of all people in Thailand. If you do understand Thai mentality and behaviour, you might have recognized that he found good wordings to start to ge the buy-in of the peoples not supporting him yet. But I agree – it was only a start. Let’s see if he continious on that path.

    If you look at the development over the last days, you might recognize that Abhisit brought a complete new elment to Thai politics – SPEED. When did it ever happen that a new coalition team managed to announce it’s ministers within 4 days after the PM was elected? It usually takes weeks until all the fractions and partners are satisfied. Chuan Lekpai (to take a sample out of the same party) was always in reactive mode. Everybody had a lot off time to prepare the own steps and Chun was only busy get out of the traps. Abhisit in is a proactive mode. Everybody can only follow or is left behind. Thai polititians will ave a hard time to adopt this new style.

    Outlook – I^think it is not as dark as you always paint it.

    Export? All industrialised countries pump money into there economies in order to boost consumption. What do westerner consume? Products made in Asia! What do unemployed people in western countries buy? Cheap goods from Asia! They don’t buy goods made in Germany because they are just too expensive. The consumers pump the western tax payers money directly to the producing countries in Asia. Thailand doesn’t need a stimulus package. The western countries already annonced it.

    Tourism? It is nearly back to normal. Did you try to book a hotel for christmas/new year at a sea side ressort in the last days? Fully booked! Arrival figures back to normal. And all my Thai friends make travel plans all over. Good news – they stay in Thailand and they don’t plan to go abroad. There money will stay in Thiland help the Thai economy.

    Stimulus package? Thailand need to promote ‘localisation’. OTOP wasn’t a bad idea. Produce what you need ‘localy’. Thailand doesn’t need crab meat from New Zeeland, Wine from France, T-Shirts from Bangladesh, Online Games from Korea. Let’s become Thai again. This country has all the ressources to produce what it needs. As a side effect, Thailand will become authentical again not beeing a copy of bondi beach, the riviera or copa cabana but ‘Hat Thai’ – Thai lifestile, Thai food, Thai culture.

    Stimulus package! Yes, the ‘mega’ projects are needed as long as the major part of the money stays in Thailand. Communication (speedy, reliable internet would be great), Transportation (if the construction work is not monopolised as it was at the airport everyone can profit) and Education (yes – this is a MEGA project) should be the focus. Stimulus packages are good when they have a short-, mid- and longterm impact. Investment into the three areas above can have this effect. It gives work to people in a short term, it supports dezentralisation and enhances the maturity of people in midterm and allows to develop all regions as they are connected to the world. And it might allow Thailand to make the next step from a manufacturing to a service providing country, currently the highest level of development and resistant to crisis as services can not be cut down within days like consumption but take month to be reduced or moved.

    Sorry – I think I moved away from my starting point. So let’s go back there. Give Abhisit a chance. Don’t critizie on single occurancies, single sentences. Let’s look at the overall performance. An if the overall performance looks bad, I’m the first to through the stone. But not in advance.

  6. 6 chinesethai 18 December 2008 at 1:55 am

    You guys who look at the situation from only one aspect could possibly be embarrassed once more when the truth is revealed.

    It was the Suvarnabhumi Airport Director who ordered total closure of the airport while in fact the cargo department could remain operational separately from the passenger terminal. But he ordered total closure. If I am not wrong, this issue has already been brought to the court of justice. So we’ll see.

    It is clear that Somchai shouldn’t have waited until the constitution court ruling to be out of job because he was hiding in Chiangmai and not interested in having the situation under control.

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 18 December 2008 at 8:37 am

    Please keep your promise. In a blog on Monday you said that you will not criticise Abhisit for 7 days. But you hit at him since then at least once a day. Just giv him a chance.

    Yes… I’m little bit too harsh… I don’t want to be disappointed (like always). This is probably why I don’t expect anything. The first data about the government composition (BP has an article) are not helping…

  8. 8 dooda 18 December 2008 at 9:04 am

    Chinesethai, I’ve heard the same thing. I was been told also that the Suvarnabhumi Airport director is the brother of the wife of Veera Munisakapong (important Red Shirt leader and Truth Today host) and that he had got the director job due to Veera’s connections to Thaksin.

  9. 9 ray 18 December 2008 at 12:03 pm

    i agree with chinesethai( quite a few times already)… the airport director is a brother inlaw of veera musikapong. thaksin-red group and his cronies have one plan. if they dont have power then to hell with thailand!! it does not take a genius to figure that. if anyone can lead thailand now it is abisit. his speech was very good and to the point. in my opinion if he can achieve free education he would have succeeded. also i have a gut feeling that he will stay longer than what the experts are predicting.

  10. 10 ThaiCrisis 18 December 2008 at 12:28 pm

    i agree with chinesethai( quite a few times already)… the airport director is a brother inlaw of veera musikapong

    Okay hold on. We all agree : the sudden decision of the director to close the airport was not normal. A report even said that he didn’t follow proper regulations (to warn airlines, the process should take time, can’t be in a snap like that etc.).

    I thought that it was of course on purpose in order to ease the work of the PAD. But you say that it was some kind of machiavelic plan from Thaksin ?

  11. 11 fall 18 December 2008 at 2:17 pm

    @ChineseThai
    It was the Suvarnabhumi Airport Director who ordered total closure of the airport while in fact the cargo department could remain operational separately from the passenger terminal.
    Yes, cargo is operational. But it’s so much as loading/unloading cargo to/from parked airplane. Then what?

    Let’s stand in his shoes, as the Suvarnabhumi Airport Director, you saw a group of armed/unarmed mob marching in with intention of barricading the airport. The police cannot and the soldier will not stop them. Now, what would you do?

    If I am not wrong, this issue has already been brought to the court of justice.
    If the court judge it as allowable. This would set a standard that bunch of people can go sit out anywhere claiming such legal right. It would be disasterous…
    And the court wont judge it as illegal, because that would make it… well, illegal.
    So, my bet is the case would not be accepted or just scrap under the carpet.

  12. 12 chinesethai 18 December 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Frankly speaking, I was shocked too when PAD leaders decided to mobilize the crowd to Suvarnabhumi Airport. I was very upset and thought these people apparently had gone too far. That was absolutely unacceptable. But hey, when I looked back to the origin of the problem and how it came to this point, I began to be enlightened.

    FIRST – Samak made no secret that he was Thaksin’s proxy and that his assignment was to amend the law aimed at “undoing” Thaksin’s corruption charges. PAD took to the street. Samak resigned following his “dud” state of emergency.

    SECOND – Somchai was appointed to replace Samak but his mission is to finish the job that Samak failed to. PAD continued the protest at Makavan Rangsan Bridge but Somchai was defiant.

    THIRD – Somchai and PPP moved on to amend the law. PAD then resorted to its first brinkmanship, seizing the Government House, hoping to force Somchai out of power. The result was not only Somchai defiant, but also scores of the protesters either amputated or killed by series of bomb blasts.

    FOURTH – Somchai remained defiant by Thaksin’s demand. PAD then resorted to another brinkmanship – “do or die”. And that was to welcome Somchai’s return from overseas by protesting outside the Airport’s passenger terminal.

    If Americans and Europeans are one day faced with such situation, in which their elected politicians, who held absolute majority (the in the House and the opposition absolutely toothless, attempted to change the law in their favour and against the rule of law. And what if these politicians feel unashamed and defiant? What would Americans and Europeans do?

    Election is not equal to a blank cheque. It doesn’t give a politician the right to do anything at whim, especially to legalize criminal activities. I think New Mandala, The Economist, Asia Sentinel, CNN, and some Pundit had seen the point but chosen not to mention it. They chose to report the story as “thuggish anti-democratic mob VS an democratically elected government” or “Elite VS Poor”. This is an outright distortion of facts against the key principle of investigative journalism. These self-proclaimed media are disgusting.

  13. 13 fall 18 December 2008 at 4:18 pm

    @ChineseThai

    I will present a completely opposite view from your list. No, I am not trying to change your idea. No, I dont think Samak or Somchai is charming and cuddly. Yes, Abhisit is handsome and got style.

    FIRST
    Being label as Thaksin’s proxy is call guilt by association. Thaksin was banned, if he did indeed remote control Samak. Thaksin should be legally punish, not Samak(or may be co-conspirator)?
    The “amend the law to undo Thaksin’s corruption” is pure PAD kool-aid. The committee to amend the constitution was just setup back then, let alone finalize what should be amend. Unless the PAD got some inside information.

    SECOND
    Somchai so-called mission to amend constitution to make Thaksin a demigod is on the same height as the Finland plot. Again, guilt by association.

    THIRD
    Somchai tried to amend what law? All we have is government saying there is no amendment on the parliament agenda and PAD saying there is be(not to mention reducing Privy Council role). Who to believe?
    And for seizing government house, should that legitimize the PAD or make them a terrorist?

    The American and European have standard. One US state allow liberal gun control, while another prohibit. I dont see a mob storming the whitehouse demanding it one or either way. And the Frenchies beat the crap out of every mob on the street.

    Election is not equal to a blank cheque. It doesn’t give a politician the right to do anything at whim, but it does not legalize an unlawful protest either.
    When the PAD proposed “New Politic”, it’s quite hard to brush away the “thuggish anti-democratic mob VS an democratically elected government” slogan.

  14. 14 chinesethai 19 December 2008 at 1:54 am

    fall,

    The “amend the law to undo Thaksin’s corruption” is pure PAD kool-aid.

    Samak Sundaravej said so publicly before and after the Dec 2007 election!!! Where have you been???

  15. 15 chinesethai 19 December 2008 at 1:59 am

    ThaiCrisis (Mr.Speaker):

    Excuse me for posting a Thai link here but I have got to provide you and all here the proof.

    news.mcot.net/politic/inside.php?value=bmlkPTI2NzM0Jm50eXBlPXRleHQ=

    “ผมยอมรับว่าเจ็บร้อนแทน เพราะเล่นกันเกินเหตุ เรื่องอื่นก็ยังพอทน พอรอได้ แต่นี่มันเกินเหตุ แล้วก็มองเห็นชัด ผมขอชี้แจงอีกครั้งว่า เรื่องนี้ไม่ได้ใช้รัฐธรรมนูญเป็นกับดัก เฉพาะพรรคการเมืองที่เขาเกลียดชังเท่านั้น แต่มีการต้อนโดยใช้ทุกวิถีทาง ถ้าตรวจสอบย้อนหลังไปก็จะพบว่า มีการเตรียมการล่วงหน้า 6 เดือน ตั้งแต่ก่อนรัฐธรรมนูญมีผลบังคับใช้ เพื่อเล่นงานคนพรรคนี้ จะเอาพรรคนี้ให้ตาย ถ้าแพ้เลือกตั้งคราวนั้นก็จบไปแล้ว แต่นี่ไม่ตาย ก็ต้องตามล่าตามล้างกันต่อไปไม่เลิก” นายสมัคร กล่าว

    นายสมัคร กล่าวว่า การแก้ไขรัฐธรรมนูญครั้งนี้ ไม่ได้เห็นแก่ตัวหรือเห็นแก้ได้ แต่เห็นแก่บ้านเมือง เพราะมีคนต้องใช้รัฐธรรมนูญนี้ต่อไป ใครจะบอกว่าไม่ควรแก้ ก็ไม่ว่าอะไร ถือเป็นสิทธิของแต่ละคน แต่ย้ำว่าพรรคพลังประชาชนไม่ได้ทุจริตเลือกตั้ง แต่มีการจ้างพยานเท็จมา เพื่อเอาผิดกับกรรมการบริหารพรรคให้ได้ ส่วนพรรคชาติไทยและพรรคมัชฌิมาธิปไตยที่ถูกกล่าวหาด้วย ไม่ทราบว่าเป็นการบังเอิญหรือไม่ แต่ต้องถือว่าเป็นตัวช่วยที่ทำให้ดำเนินการลำบากขึ้น

    “ผมพูดได้เต็ม ปากเลยว่า มีการรวมหัวกัน เพื่อใช้รัฐธรรมนูญทำลายและฆ่าพรรคการเมือง รัฐธรรมนูญฉบับนี้ทำให้การเมืองไทยอ่อนแอลงไป โดยกล่าวหารัฐบาล พ.ต.ท.ทักษิณ ชินวัตร อดีตนายกรัฐมนตรี ใช้รัฐธรรมนูญฉบับแข็งแรง มาทุจริตคดโกง และทำให้บ้านเมืองเสียหาย แต่จนถึงวันนี้อยากถามว่า ทำได้สำเร็จสักคดีหรือยัง ติดตารางกันสักคดีหรือยัง มีแต่การกล่าวหา คดีคาอยู่ที่ศาล แต่ก็ออกมาพูดว่า เล่นงานจับได้และลงโทษได้แล้ว” นายสมัคร กล่าว

    And this is not the only time he said so.

    fall:
    What did Thaksin support the PPP for? For his beloved poor?

  16. 16 fall 19 December 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Samak Sundaravej said so publicly before and after the Dec 2007 election!!! Where have you been???
    Read the whole sentence. “amend the law to undo Thaksin’s corruption”.
    PPP even make “amending constitution” as part of the election campaign agenda. But the “to undo Thaksin’s corruption” part is pure speculation. As I said before, what exactly to be amend had been vague and not even FINALIZE.
    But all the PAD see is doomsday prophesy. This is linking of guilt by association with PAD speculation.

  17. 17 chinesethai 20 December 2008 at 12:55 am

    fall,

    “PPP even make “amending constitution” as part of the election campaign agenda. But the “to undo Thaksin’s corruption” part is pure speculation.”
    Your argument is also a pure naivety. If someone lurking around outside your house many times, do you need to wait until he breaks in and possibly kills your loved ones before you start calling people for help? Coz breaking in and killing your loved ones are purely speculation.

    A trailer truck is approaching your motorcycle at an intersection at high speed. And you think “let it run on me first because if I move away I would breach the law for disobeying the traffic lights.” That trailer truck running on you is purely speculation.

    Good grief!

  18. 18 chinesethai 20 December 2008 at 1:12 am

    And I hope I don’t need to quote what Chaturant Chaisang and Pongthep Thepkanjana, who represent the voices of the banned 111 ex-TRT, publicly echoed to Samak and Somchai’s call for law amendment numerous times, do I?


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