Abhisit Santa Claus : the army says thank you for the submarine

SUBMARINE

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved a budget of almost five billion baht for the army to buy new weapons, including a submarine, and 81 million for the police to buy equipment for controlling riots and protests.

Government spokesman Supachai Jaisamut said the Ministry of Defence will have 4.99 billion baht to purchase weapons and vehicles from 2009 to 2012. These include a submarine, coastal patrol vessels and Seahawk helicopters.

The police will have 81.05 million baht to buy riot and crowd control gear.

This includes 16,045 suits to protect against shrapnel at 3,000 baht each, 18,455 rubber truncheons at one thousand baht each, 16,045 pairs of leather gloves at 500 baht a pair, and 184,450 plastic handcuffs at 35 baht each. (Bangkok Post)

Total budget of this latest Abhisit Folie ? 10 billions THB.

Yes We Can !

Abhisit was supposed to change thai politics. His “election” (ah ah ah) was supposed to open a new era of honesty, straightness.

He has such a nice smile (and a nice hair cut too). And he was educated (?) in Oxford.

But, like I wrote the day after his “election”, thanks to a Frankenstein Coalition designed behind closed doors, Abhisit is nothing but a fraud.

Remove the smile, what do we have left ? A dirty thai politician.

Like all his peers.

The army, who has “elected” Abhisit, owns his arse. Metaphorically.

So the Puppet Prime Minister has to please his masters. How ? Simple. By opening the bank account.

And it’s not new. Last february, Abhisit rushed to sign the order to buy more ridiculous and overpriced swedish jet fighters… And now he agrees to buy a… submarine !

A submarine ? Why not a nuclear arsenal ?

I mean the glorious thai navy doesn’t even know how to pilot a jet ski. They are too busy trying to fix their ridiculous … aircraft carrier. Oh ? You didn’t know ? I bet : It’s such a joke, a national shame (read here) that they don’t speak a lot about it.

Furthermore, we heard that there was like… hum… what’s the word… ah yes : an economic crisis. So what’s the point to spend money (that the government doesn’t have anyway) to buy such toys ?

Abhisit is nothing but the mayor of the Potemkin Village.

A packaging.

A sad marketing trick.

4 Responses to “Abhisit Santa Claus : the army says thank you for the submarine”


  1. 1 Lothar 24 September 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Well the two deadly enemies of Thailand also have submarines.

    Malaysia bought two 2nd Hand in 2001 and tried to get them ready until 2005/2006 (which never happend) and Singapour has one old Swedisch submarine from 1973.

    This ASEAN friend bastards are a real threat to every holy thai soul – even when somebody said the totally broken CNX-BKK railroad tracks are much more dangerous.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 24 September 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Toys for the boys, to make them feel like men.

    Tell me someone.

    Why does Thailand need s submarine? Because Singapore has one and they are afraid the Singaporeans will invade by submarine?

    Why does Thailand need submarine warfare aircraft?

    Why does Thailand not now need the aircraft carrier it desperately needed a few years ago?

    Stranger and stranger…

    Bedwyr

  3. 3 fall 24 September 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Hmm… the last time the Navy wanted a submarine was when Banharn(or Chavalit) was a PM. Seem like that itch just gotta be scrath, huh?

    Sure, Thailand do need a submarine to quell Southern insurgent. Let’s forget the current threat and focus on a remote possibility of using it to war with neighboring countries. Grunts(soldiers) lives are cheap and expendable, but top brass pockets must be filled.

  4. 4 Steve 25 September 2009 at 1:39 am

    @ fall

    Not quite correct – the Navy was atill pushing for it in November 2007 – see http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2007/11/25/headlines/headlines_30057318.php

    “Admiral Sathiraphan Keyanon….. warned that the armed forces should not be blamed for failing to prevent violations of territorial waters or repel invasions if there is no support for the multi-billion-baht submarine procurement”.

    As I recall, a week or so later HMK expressed disapproval during his birthday speech – mentioning unsuitability of shallow waters in the Gulf of Siam etc. Perhaps that’s all changing with the effects of global warming?

    @ Bedwyr

    Well, when you’ve got an aircraft carrier…….. guess what – you also want a submarine to protect it. Wait for when they go for the other “carrier group” elements. The Navy guys have read their textbooks – just a bit remiss of them not to mention the carrier protection bit to the government before the carrier construction contract was signed in July 1992 (2nd Anand government).

    Carrier info at http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/thailand/chakri-naruebet.htm

    BTW, I highly recommend reading the posts at the Teakdoor link provided in the blog. If half the comments/stories posted there are true – it’s pure Thai classic stuff.


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