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… 😉
Who are those clowns ?