Christmas in august : Abhisit wants to extend Social Security benefits


Spouses and children of the Social Security Fund’s 9 million members will soon be entitled to benefits in the event of accident, illness, disability or death

The move will be the result of a revision of the Social Security Act and the government’s promise to foot the extra bills. […]

This is part of the government’s policy of improving social welfare. We believe this is also what all fund members want,” he said [Abhisit].

Sure. Who would say “no thank you” ? Smart political move. After his special “national bribe” (2000 THB per worker in april, read here), Abhisit seems to be an expert in opening the purse he doesn’t own to spread money around and buy… votes ?

Hum… Not so long time ago, a guy called Thaksin was accused of such “populist policies”… by Abhisit.

How do you spell “irony” in thai ?

I can assure the public that the SSF will not increase members’ contributions, as that would be against government policy. We want to promulgate the law soon, as we’re concerned about it taking effect amid any political changes,” Phaithoon said.

Chulalongkorn University economics lecturer Lae Dilokvidhyarat said the government must be clear about how it would fund the extra expense. He said the SSF was now reduced, due to a temporary cut in compulsory contributions. (Nation)

Indeed. As a part of the “stimulus-bailout” whatever policy, the government has reduced the contributions of workers (and companies) to the SS.

So to summarize :

-they want to extend SS benefits
-no one know how much it will cost
-but Abhisit doesn’t care
-however, he’s adamant : contributions will not increase (ah ah ah)
-and even better : contributions are lowered

I should add that :
-they don’t want to increase taxes neither

So… Who will pay ? In Lalaland, this question is totally irrelevant… 😉

It’s astonishing.

Who are those clowns ?

6 Responses to “Christmas in august : Abhisit wants to extend Social Security benefits”

  1. 1 CNXJeffrey 6 August 2009 at 8:12 am

    My wife reports petrol prices are to go up 85 satang today.
    Any connection there?.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 6 August 2009 at 11:12 am

    Nope. Just prices of crude oil going up on world market (over 70 USD).
    However… they want to lower taxes on oil, to ease the “burden” of consummers. 😉

    More on that later.

    So you see, it’s christmas everyday in Thailand.

  3. 3 W W 6 August 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Almost anything Abhisit said about Thaksin – ie corruption, media manipulation and censorship, populist policies for vote buying, reckless spending, human right abuses – he is doing them all or allow them to happened. This is the big irony!!

    I find many people want to believe that he is a good guy but when you look at what he did, man – he is just a clown!! The Dem didn’t won the election not because Thaksin was so smart but because they are so incompetent. The Dems want to attract support when it become government but I think they will lose more support if they stays longer. They just remind people why they voted Thaksin in the first place!!

    For me, Thaksin can get things done whether they are good or bad – it’s discussable,BTW I’m not a big fan of him and I’m not a big fan of the coup be it 2006 coup, court coup or the very powerful interventions. We must find a leader better than him and certainly not Abhisit. We need more democracy and rule of law not Lalaland BS we see everyday in news, discussions, propaganda. We are in the mess for long time until the power play settle.

    Thanks TC for providing a channel for people who can’t stand these BS to share thoughts. I hope soon the mass in this country won’t stand these BS anymore too.

  4. 4 Mark 7 August 2009 at 5:06 pm

    You have many interesting facts on your blog, but I feel it is spoiled by the only too common Western superiority complex that you display, as you deride the actions of the Thai government – as if it is all down to an innate stupidity on their part.

    To take an example, you criticise politicians for trying to buy votes and say that in lalaland who is going to foot the bill is irrelevant. But what would you call the UK governments pledge in a recent budget, to double savings made by poorer sections of society (to be paid to them AFTER the next election) other than a simple case of vote-buying – with no clear idea of where the money will come from either.

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 7 August 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Mark you should peruse more articles… You’d see that, regarding the “bailouts” hysteria, the central bank’s actions, and the financial crisis, I slam western politicians and bureaucrats as well.

    Search on the keyword “clown”, you’ll see also “Trichet”, “Geitner”, “Gordon Brown”, “Bernanke”, “Sarkozy” and “Obama”. 😉

    On the economic level, I wrote it several times, we have the same kind of nonsense in Europe, USA. And on a bigger scale.

    But, don’t forget, this blog is focused on Thailand.

    So I talk mainly about thai politicians, thai government, thai policies etc.

  6. 6 George P Tuckeer 7 August 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I understand your dilemma, TC: So many clowns… so little time.

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