He did it : the first nonsensical statement from Abhisit

I apologize  : I just can’t keep my promise to stop criticizing the new Prime Minister before next week (before the official nomination of the Cabinet’s members).

I just can’t.

You were hoping for “change” ? A new style in thai politics ?

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva disclosed Saturday that Democrat Party chief advisor Chuan Leekpai declined to tell him details about his dissatisfaction over the Cabinet lineup of the Democrat quota. […]

Speaking to a meeting of Democrat MPs at a seminar on Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Abhisit urged Democrat MPs to tell him of their dissatisfaction instead of talking to reporters. […]

“I whispered to him why he was angry at me but he has not yet answered my question,” Abhisit said. (Nation)

What the hell is he talking about ? Can you imagine a more nonsensical statement ? Democrat MPs can’t speak to Abhisit ? Give me a break.

Such idiotic statement proves 2 things :

-In addition to -inevitable- problems with the Frankenstein coalition members, Abhisit faces also issues with his own troops.

-Despite his promises, despite his appearances, Abhisit is nothing but a classic thai politician, who uses lies (see his interviews to CNN and BBC) and regular cheap rethoric with a pinch of zen bullshit.

Instead of saying : yes some of my troops are unhappy (so what ?)… he says that he asked, and they didn’t answer him, therefore the problem doesn’t exist.

Cheap, cheap, 3 satangs rethoric for god’s sake !

What a bad start.

In order to convince us, Abhisit will have to find more substance, real one, instead of nice haircut, sending… SMS to voters and nice smiles on TV…

8 Responses to “He did it : the first nonsensical statement from Abhisit”

  1. 1 BB 20 December 2008 at 11:18 am

    I’ve long heard that Abhisit lacked support within the ranks of the Democratic Party, but has come this far because he’s a protege of the party’s grand old man, Chuan Leekpai. For someone of his obvious intelligence, it’s stunning that he can’t figure out why Chuan is unhappy with his cabinet lineup. Chuan was probably hoping he’d come up with capable, professional people who’ll be able to show the country and the world that the Democrats really do live up to their name. I feel sorry for Chuan. Whatever his faults, I think he’s a basically decent man, and he’d pinned such high hopes on Abhisit.

  2. 2 thaichris 20 December 2008 at 11:23 am


    I think, it is a different message. It is a new-style message. It is a message Thais don’t understand yet. It is the message:

    Talk to me, even when I’m a ‘puu yai’.

    What did Abhisit say? He said: Talk to me instead of talking to reporters. Say it straigt ahead. This is new to Thai politics. Until now, orinary MP’s didn’t talk directly to the ‘puu yai’. They talked to the press and if the ‘puu yai’ was not happy with the message, they blame the reporters to miss-interpreted them.

    Abhisit want’s to hear the opinions directly. This is modern management style. Again you underestimate Abhisit. Did you ever meet him in person? He is very open minded, able tolisten to other point of views but very decisive at the end. Just sit and wait.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 20 December 2008 at 12:11 pm

    This is modern management style.

    Sorry Thaichris, I will not follow you on this very strange land you describe. 😉

    Modern management would have been for Abhisit to talk himself first to his MPs, by putting things onto the table : “I know some of you are going to be disappointed without any bone to eat… But we have no choice. Newin hold us -you and me- by the balls. So show political awareness and intelligence, shut the fuck up and be patient. Thank you.”

    This is real modern management style. This is leadership.

    The second mistake you make : Abhisit is not alone. I don’t care if Abhisit is a smart and open minded person… Well I do but it’s not enough.
    What I do care is that he can’t deliver within the current situation, within the current political dynamics.

    Put a vertuous man in the middle of a Frankenstein Coalition… it won’t work.

    Put a nice head onto a hideous body, you get a freaking Frankenstein monster.

  4. 4 Bedwyr 20 December 2008 at 2:09 pm

    “I know some of you are going to be disappointed without any bone to eat… But we have no choice. Newin hold us -you and me- by the balls. So show political awareness and intelligence, shut the fuck up and be patient. Thank you.”

    Yup. Not the Thai way though.


  5. 5 fall 20 December 2008 at 3:49 pm

    And I thought he was complaining the string was too loose. My bad.

    Chuan, who was in the meeting room, laughed, prompting other MPs to laugh along with him.
    May be Abhisit actually think he can lead his men(as in telling them what to do and not do)? If that’s so then my rating of him goes up a notch for actually trying, but goes down half-a-notch for naive. Chuan been there before, time to choose Neo, red or blue pill…

    This Bee Gees’ song comes up to mind.
    I started a joke which started. The whole world crying but I didn’t see. That the joke was on me…

  6. 6 Soi watcher 20 December 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Now we know why Chuan was seen talking for a long time (caught by TV camera) with Abhisit after the latter just won this country’s premiership via the parliamentary voting. My guess is that Abhisit may stay longer in power than Somchai but less than Samak. Just wait and see. Will Abhisit stay till the end of his term ? No way !

  7. 7 chinesethai 21 December 2008 at 3:05 am

    In order to complete the term as a Thai premier, you need to do what Thaksin had invented for years, which is to come up with hundred of multi-billion baht projects and distribute big pieces of cake to yourself, the biggest pie, and to the rest of the cabinets in order of the amount of the ‘contribution’ they made to the party. Each of the cabinet ministers must also vacate his seat for other factions in the coalition when you had enough of the cake. Meanwhile, spend taxpayers money buying up villagers in the North and Northeast on behalf of helping the poor. That’s what some farang, who can’t face the truth, says is democracy.

  8. 8 Bedwyr 21 December 2008 at 4:35 am

    @ Soi Watcher

    Bedwyr fully agrees with you. When monsters are born, they only survive for short time and their quality of life is always poor. They never actually achieve anything.

    It is a reasonable question to ask, why would any parent deliberately set out to conceive a monster?

    Breathing space and a welcome diversion of public attention away from the misdeeds of the Palace.


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