When you have to sleep with the Devil… difficult to get out of the bed.
Here is the latest episode of the “Buses Saga”… a project initiated by Thaksin’s friends to make a rainfall of money… and then reactivated by the … ex Thaksin’s friends who are since last december (and their betrayal) the new Abhisit’s friends ! AKA the Newin’s group.
This bunch of MPs, king makers, have elected Abhisit. Abhisit owns them his position. This simple fact should disqualify him… But people wanted to believe in the “Obama Change Yes We Can” fantasy… 6 months after, they start to change their mind. At last !
Anyway. The Newin’s gang wants the honey pot now. Abhisit has to deliver. And he gave them the Transport Ministry. A good start.
But there is a problem : the scam about the buses is just too obvious. So Abhisit had to react and divert attention in order to avoid (postpone) the fall of his “Frankenstein Coalition”. So let’s give the hot potato to someone else, and delay the project. For one month.
But Abhisit is showing more and more haughtiness, symbol of most of thai politicians. He’s not afraid to lie anymore.
“What people want are cleaner buses with better services and networks. There is no question if this project should proceed. The question is what is the best way to acquire the bus: leasing or buying.
Then, we we have the final answer, we have to make sure that it is proceeded in the most transparent way,” he said.
The Cabinet on Wednesday agreed to have the National Economic and Social Development Board study the project, which apparently displeased the Bhum Jai Thai Party, a key coalition party, which initiated the project.
Abhisit said that the earlier study could not answer which is the better solution between leasing or buying. (Nation)
Sure there is not doubt that Bangkok needs new buses.
And sure, it’s very complicated to launch a public bid.
And very complicated to compute… the figures… 😉
Instead of buying swedish fighthers for his military friends... instead of throwing away 20 billions THB… Abhisit should hire… an accountant. One would have been enough… 😉
Abhisit is diving into an ocean of absolute ridicule.
It’s becoming really embarrassing… Can someone tell him ?
Now that the scandal is really big… it’s astonishing to see the speed of the politicians turning their jacket… Now, many of them agree to… buy the buses ! 😉 (read here). I guess they have computed the data… during the night. 😉 Eventually… Abhisit found the proper accountant.
And with a striking statement Newin tries a very audacious figure de style. To try to exonerate himself of corruption accusations… by confessing dirty politician hidden agenda !
This man is a genius. 😉 What an impressive rethoric.
The whole thai politics life is synthesized in those few lines.
“Don’t think in such a complicated way about the project. The Bhumjaithai Party doesn’t want any money, but votes from millions of Bangkok people [in the next election],” he told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar for party heavyweights in Sakon Nakhon.
“We want this group of voters to be reminded of our party whenever they use buses – the same way they did with [Thaksin’s] 30-baht universal health care scheme that won the hearts and minds of poor people,” he said. (Bangkok Post)
But don’t be fooled neither. The Newin Gang is still looking for the gold chest.