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 sad marketing trick.