Nation has the official list, with the name of the party for each minister. Very enlightening.
Here are the positions given to Newin Friends (the MPs who betrayed the ex-PPP and changed allegiance).
–Deputy Agriculture Minister : Chartchai Pukkayaporn
-Transport Minister : Sophon Saram
-Deputy Transport Minister : Prajak Kaewklahan
-Interior Minister : Chaovarat Chanweerakul
-Deputy Interior Minister : Boonjong Wongtrairat
Very, very substantial payout for 25 MPs… Those are not ministerial portfolios anymore, but slot machines ! 😉 Well done Abhisit.
As someone said : “Many ministers were MPs that the Democrats voted to expel “. Indeed.
But there is more. Abhisit said that he would take “outsiders“, like the best and the brightest Kennedy (sorry Obama) style… At the end, we have only… two ! On a total of 36 Cabinet’s members.
And among them a former Army C-in-C , close to the 2006 coup makers, nominated… Defense Minister.
Talk about “outsiders” !
But there is more. The Foreign Affairs Ministry goes to Kasit Piromya… an ex-supporter and speech-maker of the PAD. You know what this guy said about the blockade of the airport ? That it was a “new innovation for public protests“. 😉
Well done Abhisit. So much for the idea of boosting tourism and restoring Thailand’s image and confidence after the Suvarnabhumi nightmare.
Last but not least : the problem of private… business interests. Here it hurts too. Some people start to complain…
Dr Lertchai Sirichai, a lecturer at Walailak University, praised Democrat Party Phattalung MP Nipit Intarasombat for his public disclosure of the financial support given to the party by business tycoon Virachai Virameteekul, who is tipped to join the Abhisit Cabinet.
Virachai Virameteekul has been nominated minister of the Prime Minister’s Office… Virachai is an executive of the… Charoen Pokphand Group.
CP is the largest business conglomerate in Thailand. Apparently, CP group was a financial “contributor” for… the PAD. 😉
So to summarize : Abhisit is a joke. And a liar. And a prisoner.
Prisoner from his shameful Frankenstein Coalition…
–Information and Communications Technology Minister : Miss Ranongruk Suwanchawee. Another very good joke from Abhisit. She was Deputy Finance Minister under… Samak. She’s a fan of the VAT and Google (but she was… a nurse in a previous life).
I even had an article about her (march 2008, read here). Here is a quote.
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”…
“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)
Do you see the level ? I mean do you see the FREAKING LEVEL ?
(But it could have been much worse : first, her party wanted to give her the… Industry Ministry !)
So there is no doubt : Abhisit is a clown. He has to be a pathetic clown to give a Ministry to this woman.
Beyond the quota system, beyond the fact that the Democrat Party has to pay a heavy price for the defectors (despite repeated Abhisit’s lies)… there must be limits to black humor.
Ranongruk as the ICT Minister is the proof that Abhisit doesn’t really understand those limits.
I hope that our new Prime Minister will quickly join his peers… Thaksin, Surayud, Samak, Somchai and all the clowns, into the History’s garbage bin.
But there is more.
–Commerce Minister : Miss Pornthiva Nakasai. Here, I would be tempted to say : “respect”. She is indeed in the trade. I mean linked to commerce. Because… she was running the Poseidon massage parlour in Bangkok. Do you know what is Poseidon ?
Next time, drop over. You’ll receive a lesson… in commerce. You’ll have to choose between the “super”, the “sideline” or the “models”. Hard life. 😉
And like AbBKK said : we can already feel the… bubbles. And the soap.