Abhisit’s genius idea to solve the crisis : declare friday a national holiday !

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared Friday a national holiday as he stands firm against the red-shirt protesters who caused traffic turmoil in Bangkok on Thursday. (Nation)

We have protests ? Protesters block the roads ? And we have an Asean summit on friday ? What can we do ?

Simple ! Make a special speech on TV the night before and declare friday, the following day… a national holiday ! Problem solved ! No more traffic jams. 😉

When the Monthy Python meet Benny Hill…

It’s pathetic. Abhisit is in total disarray…

By the way… of course serious people can’t bow to Abhisit’s lunacy…

However, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) announced that commercial banks and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will not close Friday, because many transactions need to be completed. (Bangkok Post)

26 Responses to “Abhisit’s genius idea to solve the crisis : declare friday a national holiday !”


  1. 1 luke 9 April 2009 at 4:43 pm

    It’s not like we don’t have enough planned and random bank holidays in Thailand already. But seriously this one takes the biscuit. Giving businesses a full 2 hours notice that you just cancelled the last working day before a 3 day holiday. Great!

    Well Mr Thai Obama, no you can’t! We will be working as per usual.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 9 April 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Blind funk, the poor lad doesn’t know if he is up, down or having a shit.

    All (at present) seems to be going according to plan. The motorcycle taxis are in reserve. When they come out the shit will be in the fan.

    Anyone betting on another 3 months for Abhisit the glove puppet?

    I can see real change – probably for the first time. All that is needed now is a certain death and Thaksin can book his homeward flight.

    Bedwyr

  3. 3 Lothar 9 April 2009 at 8:42 pm

    If an old man goes for a long sleep the problems will get worse.

    We’ve seen in Nepal how children can force a revolution and blow their own blue blooded family into oblivion. If a mother here in Thailand is ready to push her boy into position – then shit will hit the fan.

    I should stop reading here and only follow the discussions at thaivisa.com/forum . The guys over there still wear pink glasses and don’t see anything bad coming.

  4. 4 InPhuket 10 April 2009 at 2:38 am

    From the Nation, again:

    “The driver of taxi with license plate no Tor or 2454 BKK was arrested for throwing the bomb but police were surrounded by red-shirted protests and had to let go the suspect.”

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/30100157/Red-shirted-taxi-driver-lobs-ping-pong-bomb-at-pet

    It’s nice to finally see someone (something), finally stepping up and take charge of this country. What was the last puppets name? “Absent”, “Absurd”…. I just can’t remember at this point.

  5. 5 chinesethai 10 April 2009 at 2:51 am

    Abhisit is toothless, we all know. But as I said, Thaksin, like a millipede, will get tripped up himself as time goes by. I encourage you to be off the virtual world and online newspapers to join the Red Shirt and go to suburban areas to see the difference. And ask how the city dwellers, who were Red in the past, what they think. Coz spending too much time online and on CNN, you are like an RUI (Reading Under the Influence).

    Most people will be out of town for holidays, beginning tomorrow.

    Lothar gives more accurate view.

  6. 6 Bedwyr 10 April 2009 at 3:31 am

    Thaivisa is a strange place. The enforce a pro-thai regime because they have government permissions to sel insurance and other stuff. People posting on Thaivisa are usually the Pattaya mob (beer, skittles and pussy) or tourists.

    So partial vision glasses are not only traditional there but obligatory. It is safe to ignore them.

    Bedwyr

  7. 7 chinesethai 10 April 2009 at 4:43 am

    ThaiCrisis and all:

    I first have to apologize non-Thai speakers for posting some part of messages in Thai. Check these links out. They are from 2 opposite Thai language newspapers. You guys judge.

    90 Year-Old Mother of Jatuporn Prompan, Red Shirt Leader, calls her son to stop instigate chaos. “My son has not come home to visit me for 6 years.”

    http://www.manager.co.th/Local/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9520000040302

    ตอนนี้อยากพบลูกชายมากที่สุด เพราะต้องการอยากที่จะสั่งสอนลูกใหม่ แต่เมื่อโทรศัพท์ไปลูกชายก็ไม่เคยรับสายแม้แต่ครั้งเดียว ซึ่งครั้งสุดท้ายที่ได้พบกันก็เมื่อ 5-6 ปีที่ผ่านมา

    So what did Jatuporn reply? “She is just an illiterate villager.” (From Pro-Thaksin Matichon Online)

    http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1239250104&grpid=03&catid=01

    วันที่ 09 เมษายน พ.ศ. 2552 เวลา 11:07:54 น. มติชนออนไลน์

    “จตุพร”ฉุนจัดสวน ถ้าบุกถึงเตียงแม่นายกฯ บ้างได้ไหม

    เมื่อเวลา 10.00 น. (9 เม.ย.) นายจตุพร พรหรมพันธุ์ แกนนำเสื้อแดง กล่าวอย่างมีอารมณ์ถึงกรณีแม่ขอร้องว่าให้เลิกทำผิด และเสียใจกับการกระทำของลูกชายจนนอนร้องไห้ทุกคืน ว่า แม่ตนอายุ 90 ปีเศษแล้ว เป็นชาวบ้านธรรมดาไม่รู้หนังสือ เขียนหนังสือไม่เป็น แต่มีพวกเวรตะไลไปบุกถึงที่นอน อย่างนายสนธิ (ลิ้มทองกุล แกนนำพันธมิตรฯ) ก็เอาไปพูดเมื่อคืนนี้ บุกไปล้อมหน้าล้อมหลังคนแก่ถึงที่นอน ถามว่าถ้าเป็นแม่ของนายกฯ บ้างได้ไหม ตนทำอย่างนี้บ้างได้ไหม บุกถึงที่นอนเลย แกก็คงกลัว แต่ก็ฉลาดตอบไปก่อนเพื่อให้พวกนั้นพอใจ

    นายจตุพร กล่าวต่อว่า ชีวิตตนก็ไม่ได้ยิ่งใหญ่อะไรเป็นลูกชาวบ้านธรรมดาเหมือนนายชวน (หลีกภัย ประธานที่ปรึกษาพรรค ปชป.) แต่ไม่ได้มาเล่าให้ใครฟัง ไม่ได้มาเล่นละครน้ำเน่าดาวพระศุกร์เหมือนนายชวนที่ทำเป็นเล่นสำนวน ถามว่าหัวใจพวกนี้ทำด้วยอะไร มีความเป็นลูกผู้ชายหรือเปล่า แต่ทั้งหมดนั้นก็ไม่ได้เป็นอุปสรรคในการต่อสู้ของตน แต่ขอถามว่าถ้าผมทำกับแม่นายกฯ บ้างแบบนี้ บุกไปถึงบ้าน ไปถึงเตียงได้ไหม

    Jatuporn did not respond to the question why he has not seen his mother for 6 years and why his mother calls for him to stop but went on to argue that the journalists did not respect his mother’s privacy.

    My question to all of you who thought the Red Shirt is the benign, democratic force: Do any of you admire the man who promise democracy and tearing down the Pooyai system ….. while deserting even his aging mother …. for somebody like Thaksin???

  8. 8 DavidB 10 April 2009 at 5:38 am

    You’ve got the wrong movie comparison in your commentary.
    This is not Monty Python, but a super-hero movie like Spiderman or Batman.
    The Joker or Lex Luthar character being Thaksin;with his nightly “speeches from a far” to insight his lemmings on to victory………trouble is, the other side is yet to find it’s “cloaked avenger” to save the day for Thailand.
    If only this wasn’t all so serious…………

  9. 9 Chris 10 April 2009 at 5:54 am

    as silly as the holiday idea might appear at first glance, it might have actually worked by connecting into the weeklong holiday and giving people a reason to take off one day early……at most a few thousand are in Pattaya so far and nothing like last night’s Victory Monument moment going on in BKK…….

  10. 10 DavidB 10 April 2009 at 6:48 am

    I agree with Chris. The masses are not yet at a point, where they will protest at all cost.
    This was a surprise for Thaksin and some of the more radical UDD leaders (I am sure)- but something like he (Thaksin) might have done, if he was in Abihisit’s position.
    1. It reduced the mob.
    2. It probably avoided bloodshed (it’s not time, yet).
    3. It calmed the outrage of non-red Bangkokians.

    “Another day off – you beauty.
    Now I can go all the way back to Udon Thani a day earlier.
    Who cares about the red shirts – they’ll still be there when I get back.
    I’m tired, I’m hot, I want to see my mum.”
    Take note of the survey on BP, indicating that maybe 75% of the mob are from Bangkok and surrounding areas.
    Is this genius or luck ?
    I guess each of us can judge that acording to our own beliefs.

  11. 11 sammy 10 April 2009 at 6:50 am

    actually, i think declaring a holiday early was a very smart and sublime political move. It helps neutralize the effect of the mob on bangkok people without having to do anything. And it leaves the reds sitting around in the hot sun alone while everyone else goes to have fun splashing water.

    Now if the mob goes to Pattaya and attackes ASEAN how will that convince the world the Thaksinbots are all for democracy? Abhisit is playing it smart and keeping cool; showing that the government is the victim here.

    Thaksin’s family ran away, just like he did. Who are the reds fighting for? Sooner or later the reds will becoome so frustrated they will resort to violence or just go away. Either way the goverment wins.

    Tune in tomorrow. This is a great show!

  12. 12 ThaiCrisis 10 April 2009 at 7:16 am

    Indeed, the BP article is interesting. Many protesters… live in Bangkok. So much for the myth of “up country only”, “farmers”, “Issan” blabla.

    As for the genius idea… well yeah it’s great… And just before Songkran…. But the issue remains : what they will do after ? The political crisis is still there.
    And we have no solution in sight.

    I’ve a suggestion for Abhisit : just declare every day of the year… a national holiday.

    Cased closed. Mi case es tu casa. Everybody home, happy. And the children will run in the flowers fields, laughing. And the waters of the Chao Praya river will change in honey.

    Ah crap, I just woke up. It was a dream. I have to go to work now. 😉

  13. 13 World Insanity 10 April 2009 at 7:45 am

    THAI PROTESTS BREAK SUMMIT CORDON
    Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Thailand have broken through security cordons surrounding a summit of Asian leaders at Pattaya.

    The protesters, who are demanding the resignation of Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, converged on the summit venue on Friday threatening to disrupt the conference centre unless he bows to their demands.

    Chanting “Abhisit get out,” several hundred red-shirted protesters pushed past riot police lines outside the convention centre and began blocking entrances to the building.

    There was no reported violence, but columns of hundreds of soldiers with riot gear were seen marching toward the site.

    http://english.aljazeera.net//news/asia-pacific/2009/04/20094102320751495.html

  14. 14 Chris 10 April 2009 at 9:33 am

    There was a moment Thursday evening when a hundred taxi drivers almost brought the gigantic metropolis of Bangkok to a halt and people wondered about the other 20,000 taxi drivers, many of them from the Northeast and many of them disenfranchised Thaksin voters……..

    There was a moment when people wondered about the 100,000 or so motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok, many of them also from the Northeast and disenfranchised Thaksin voters……..

    And then people started to look around and begin to notice more than they usually do, how many millions of Thai citizens from the Northeast and North are everywhere around them wherever they go in Bangkok, doing most of the harder, more labor-intensive, lower-paid, sometimes distasteful but essential jobs throughout this great city, many of them also disenfranchised Thaksin voters………

    Thursday evening there was a moment when the city held its collective breath…..

    And now, Friday afternoon, the holidays have begun and that moment is gone.

    Will it be re-created after the holidays? Can it be re-created? Once the moment has passed and the momentum is dissapated? I don’t think anybody really knows.

  15. 15 ThaiCrisis 10 April 2009 at 9:46 am

    Chris… Wait a minute… It’s Songkran. Of course the momentum has passed. It’s like a holly pause.

    But it will start again… just after. To doubt it would be dangerous.

    The economy will continue to contract, more and more people will feel and be disenfranchised, some of them will join the “protesters”…

    The scenario is unavoidable.

    Sure we have on one hand the political crisis (for all the reasons we know already… Thaksin, Coup, the royal succession etc.), but I really do believe that the economic crisis is going to fuel the first.

    At one point, and it has already happened actually, people who don’t give a rat shit about Thaksin will join the “protesters”.

    I stick to my bet : Abhisit will fall, eventually. One way or another.

    But it’s a bet. I might be of course totally wrong.

  16. 16 chinesethai 10 April 2009 at 11:11 am

    ThaiCrisis:

    Where did BP get that stat from? But he doesn’t dare to include Southerners and Easterners, does he?

    And nobody says that they are from upcountry only. But you can’t deny that the majority of them are E-San+North, can you?

    I don’t dare to say and I have never claimed that all of Bangkokians are Yellow because one of my friends, an ethnic Chinese, support Thaksin. And not all of Bangkokians are elite.

    TC, living in Bangkok doesn’t mean that one is Bangkokian. Over 50% of the people you see walking and working in the city are from upcountry.

    So much for “Elite VS Poor” as I have explained about the social structure of Thai people. I can tell you more about the social structure of villagers in E-San.

    You know, in Europe or North America, I am a foreigner. I was not born and raised there. Those places are not my turf. I don’t dare to be a political expert there. But here is different. I dare to say that I know my turf inside-out.

    Look at this… Red Shirt People seize Chiangmai’s Ancient Gate. As Thaksin’s stronghold, Chiangmai’s economy depends largely on tourism. Tomorrow is the beginning of Songkran Holidays. I want to see how Chiangmai people, most of whom love Thaksin, would react. 555+

    http://www.manager.co.th/Local/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9520000040987

  17. 17 chinesethai 10 April 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I don’t believe the economic crisis will fuel anything.

    In 1997-1998, the crisis was worse … much worse because Thailand was the epicentre, Thai banks all insolvent, and businesses excessively financially leveraged. Observers saw bloodshed in Indonesia and prematurely went to conclude something like “Oh..Thailand and entire SE Asia would follow suit.” Nothing has happened so far.

    May I go off topic a bit? Same applies to Mainland China. Many predictions from the West came out en masse like water that Chinese peasants would stage protest and turn against Beijing. There have been no signs so far. It even turned out to be that Mainland China is one of very few countries in the world which has the second tap to turn on and stimulate its own economy. And in fact, it should apply to Taiwan too although you have seen their GDP and export taking a hit. Many people there are still out on the street, shopping.

    Going back to Thailand. This proves that Thais, and probably most Asian people, do not take individualism and civil right as seriously as westerners. And this could probably be the reason why Europe is ahead with democracy but would likely fail to predict the outcome of political crises in Asia. You can’t deny that, unlike the Yellow Shirt, Red Shirt People are still very much in the infamous Pooyai System. They listen to their Pooyai, in this case Thaksin, and get paid so they come out. When they go to the poll and cast the ballot, they listen to their Pooyais (Tambon Leader). Is this democracy?

  18. 18 George P Tuckeer 10 April 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I wonder if anyone here can clarify:
    What percentage of Reds are hire-a-mob — none, some or most?

    Any credible sources would be appreciated.


    Sending the family out before launching civil strife has *got* hurt Takshin’s credibility among the protesters. “You guys go make some noise in the hot, hot sun; I’ll be having a cold beer at the hotel—in Hong Kong.”

    There’s only two ways this squares with me: either most of the protesters are being paid and it’s just a job, or, the protesters are utter idiots. Please help me understand. Aw, my head hurts.

  19. 19 fall 10 April 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Before this Thaksin was under the table and the table is setted, this is where the game begin.
    The amount of protester determine how strong a hand can Thaksin use for negotiating a deal. This is when sea is calm before the storm.

    It does not take 100,000 protester simultaneously to force government to its knee. Remember the PAD, they started with same number. But only portion of them remain active to occupy places. And people will likely attend the NEXT protest, knowing there WILL be safety in number.

    Mobilization is just the opening card on the table. If the back door dealing does not work, that’s when shit will hit the fan…

  20. 20 DavidB 10 April 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Fall you are not right. Thaksin has miscalcualted what the taxi drivers did at Victory Monument and how the small amount of red troops acted at Pattaya.
    Make no mistake – he is driving this. And, as he has not been here for several months,he is losing the plot in this fast moving scenario.
    If the reds had a real leader and not some remote general from afar -in the style of Thai battles of yor against the Burmese- they might be closer to the final ring.
    On the discussions taking place on this forum, I believe Chinese Thai is closer to the real truth, than any of us farang will ever be.

  21. 21 sammy 11 April 2009 at 2:57 am

    To George P Tuckeer and Chinese Thai

    I once asked one of my staff why the issan people and the Chiang Mai / Rai people still stick with thaksin after all this time. Her answer, as a southern Thai, was very interesting. She said,

    “In the south we take money for our vote from everybody. But Issan people are loyal. Once you give them momeny for their vote, for their village, they are loyal to you forever, they wont change sides like us Southerners.”

    “People in the North love Thaksin because he is from their hometown. They are all Chinese and dont care what Thaksin has done, he is one of them. Its a matter of pride.”

    anyway, that is her explanation, as a Souuthern Thai.

  22. 22 World Insanity 11 April 2009 at 4:12 am

    SUMMIT POSTPONED FOLLOWING CLASH

    The summit of Asean leaders with dialogue partners has been postponed from 9 am Saturday following a clash of red-shirted and blue-shirted people outside the meeting venue.

    Summit organisers have postponed the meeting between foreign ministers saying protesters were acting in a dangerous manner.

    By 11am, Thai protesters have withdrawn from the hotel, but several police cars and vehicles of firemen were still present.

    The Chinese delegation said that so far the Thai government has not announced a decision to cancel the ASEAN-China summit. The Thai government said it is considering to provide other communication vehicles, like boat or helicopter to take all delegations to the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, the venue of the 14th ASEAN and Related Summits.

    Red-shirted protesters armed with giant firecrackers, Molotov cocktails, sling shots and batons, battled with local people who formed a line to protect the venue of the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits venue this morning.

    The outnumbered blue-shirted local people were scattered and ran for cover when the red-shirted people attacked them.

    Several explosion sounds of firecrackers were heard and the red-shirted people were seen firing slingshots with bolts at the blue-shirted people who tried to form a line in front of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Hotel.

    The red-shirted people formed a line and kept advancing until the two sides stood confronting less than one meter apart and the clash broke out. The red-shirted protesters were seen carrying Molotov cocktails but none had been thrown at the other side yet.

    Main source: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/?id=397342&type=World

  23. 23 World Insanity 11 April 2009 at 4:40 am

    TOO LATE!

    POLITICAL CHAOS
    PATTAYA TOURISM OPERATORS CALL FOR END OF PROTESTS

    In an hour-long discussion with Mayor Ittiphol Khunplome and other officials, representatives of the Pattaya Hotels Club, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Thai Hotels Association Eastern region and others said the protests must stop now OR WORLDWIDE BROADCASTING OF THE EVENT IT WILL TARNISH THE COUNTRY’S IMAGE.

    Chatchawal Supachayanont, president of Thai Hotels Associations for Eastern region said the event would attract worldwide attention as Asean leaders convene to discuss major issues affecting the region, with focus on the global economic crisis.

    “We gathered here to demonstrate our support in making this huge event (Asean Summit) a success. The world is watching and this is a great opportunity for us to show our unity as well as determination to do everything we could for the good of our country,” he said.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/04/10/business/business_30100188.php

    SOME SUCESS!!!!

  24. 24 World Insanity 11 April 2009 at 4:48 am

    GOVT ASKS ASIAN LEADERS TO STAY
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/140229/govt-urges-asian-leaders-to-stay

    The government has asked delegations from China, Japan and South Korea not to walk away from the Asean regional meetings following the violent clashes between protesters in Pattaya.

    A team of government spokeman led by Panithan Wattayakorn held an emergency press conference on Saturday morning after meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summits and related summits were postponed.

    The clashes between the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters and blue-shirted People Love Pattaya supporters would not affect security during the regional meetings, Mr Panithan said.

    But the summits would have to be rescheduled. The government would announce when they woud resume.

    The spokesman said officials had asked delegates from China, Japan and South Korea not to leave the meetings, but admitted it would take time to bring the situation under control.

  25. 25 George P Tuckeer 11 April 2009 at 6:53 am

    To Sammy:

    Thanks for the explanation, but I’m not so sure. It seems to me that southern Thai people have as many pre-conceived notions about northerners as northerners have about southerners. The northerners I’ve talked to tell me that southerners are Machiavellian, yet I’ve met many a Machiavellian in the North as well.

    Having said that, there’s clearly a strong and loyal support for Takshin among many in the North, if only because he is from the North. The same may not be true of the Northeast. A lot of people, not least among them Takshin supporters, like to conflate the two regions.

  26. 26 George P Tuckeer 11 April 2009 at 6:54 am

    The reds seem to have taken over the Royal Cliff Hotel.
    I know someone who works there.


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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.


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