(original painting : “King Saint-Louis and almsgiving”, Jacques Stella 1596-1657… Sorry Jacques.)
Almsgiving or vote-buying, we can wonder. The clowns have changed -again- the special “allowance” of 2000 THB.
The monthly salary ceiling of employees eligible to get one-off allowance of Bt2,000 from the government is now at Bt14,999.
The ceiling was originally at Bt14,000.
“We have raised the ceiling because we want the allowance to cover more people at the time of economic crisis,” Labour Minister Phaithoon Kaeothong said Wednesday. (Nation)
So more than 8 millions of people should receive this little gift in april…
For once, I totally agree with Devakula, ex Finance Minister (Junta) and ex BOT governor.
Former finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula said the 2,000-baht grant scheme had caught him off guard.
“I cannot imagine how the government came up with such a plan. I do not want to say that I cannot believe this is from an Oxford or Cambridge graduate,” he said of some cabinet members with backgrounds at prestigious British universities, including Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
“I am baffled. The 18 billion [earmarked for this scheme] will just disappear. It will not stimulate the economy because it is a one-time payment,” he said.
“I think paying people 2,000 baht per head is to lure votes,” he said. (Bangkok Post)
Indeed, Oxford is loosing quickly its prestige !
And Abhisit is definitely a clown (with a nice hair cut).