Abhisit latest blow fuse : “my trip in the US will improve Thailand’s image”


Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday that his visit to the United States would help improve Thailand’s image in the international community and show the country’s readiness to resume its role in world forums.

“Thailand has been absent from the global stage for a long time. Now we have made a comeback,” he said.

Abhisit said he had reassured foreign political and business leaders he met during his visit that the country had returned to normalcy. (Nation)

Blow fuse indeed. I wrote several times that Abhisit was burned out. This is the confirmation. Burned out and megalomaniac.

This statement proves that Abhisit is totally disconnected from reality. Or that he just lying on a large scale to everybody.

Thailand has not an image problem.

Thailand has several problems. Real ones.

Furthermore, the smile and the nice hair cut of our dashing Prime Minister will not solve those problems.

We are not in a beauty saloon. Thailand doesn’t need esthetic surgery. We don’t need beauty creams and lipstick.

To shake the hand of Obama, to visit the New York Stock Exchange, to give an interview to CNBC will not improve Thailand’s image. And of course won’t solve Thailand’s problems.

It’s just another proof that Abhisit is a marketing trick, an illusion, the cardboard Prime Minister of a Potemkine Village.

22 Responses to “Abhisit latest blow fuse : “my trip in the US will improve Thailand’s image””

  1. 1 Insanity 27 September 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Green Shoots!

    Thailand improves its corruption image – now second most corrupt Asian country!


  2. 2 Billy Bangkok 27 September 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Just out of curiosity, who do you believe might actually have a shot at solving Thailand’s problems? I can’t think of anybody.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 27 September 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Call me a very dark pessimistic but I see no one.

    First, because I don’t have an extensive knowledge of “outsiders” in Thailand. My point : we might have good people among politicians, bureaucrats, but we don’t know them. Or they are hidding very well. 😉

    Second, because the current environment and circumstances would probably overshadow the personnal qualities of those individuals.
    We need first to clean the political air within the country, to see clearer, before to try to solve the problems. My point : even superman wouldn’t be able to do something useful… before the succession issue is settled.

    I’m sorry to repeat myself, but the succession is everything.

    Nothing meaningful can happen before. Abhisit is here to entertain people. To gain time.

    Abhisit’s government is like the The Tartar Steppe, from Buzzati.

    They are all waiting for the sad event. They could wait for a very long time…

  4. 4 Billy Bangkok 27 September 2009 at 7:06 pm

    @TC: Thanks for your analysis. I pretty much thought the same thing but I’m no expert on Thai politics and wanted to see if there might be an alternate view.

  5. 5 Koh Chang Thailand 27 September 2009 at 9:28 pm

    This highlights, for me, the biggest single problem itself. Thailand (speaking generally) refuses to accept its own shortcomings. You cant cure an alcoholic until he accepts he is one.

    Take for example the recent police “outrage” that all videos and reports showing them involved in corruption are staged! Until Thai politicians and the likes of the police actually accept the wrongdoing it will never be cured. Claims that they are whiter than white are, quite frankly, ludicrous.

  6. 6 Marvo 28 September 2009 at 4:13 pm

    How the heck can Abhisit ponce around the US expecting to be taken seriously by US officials, with Thailand’s record. e.g. Thailand’s recent “downgrading” re corruption, breaches of copyright etc.

    6 months after promising to the US “a 3 month crack down” and a purging of copyright infringers, bugger all has changed in the Land of Pirates. You can still walk into any of a dozen “retail outlets” in Pantip that are dedicated to burning, on the spot, a pirate copy of any software you desire.

    After failing on every international promise he makes, if I was Abhisit, I’d be too ashamed to even set foot outside of Thailand. Abhisit must be a huge laughing stock among his “friends” in America. I wonder if he even realises? Doesn’t his Oxford education give him just an inkling of what a complete pratt everyone must think he is is?

  7. 7 Pricilla 28 September 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I think we try to apply idealistic values to Thai politics, values that in all honesty our own corrupt ignorant governments never ascend to.

    Taksin did seem to have a longer term plan, however his own corruption and lack of dealing with power blocks saw him ousted. Apart from that perhaps too many may not have liked his journey anyway. I think the best to hope for is what there is now, a bumbling coalition fighting to extort and steal whatever they can while also enriching the military, but some things still being achieved regardless. A Burmese type alternative is too awful to countenance.

  8. 8 Foxy 29 September 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I’m not sure I follow you. You quoted PM Abhisit saying “my trip in the US will improve Thailand’s image”. He NEVER said it would “solve” Thailand’s problems. But that’s what you seem to have extrapolated from his quote. :/

    I don’t think the PM is foolish to believe good int’l image = problems solved. He has a lot of politics to deal with internally, much of which is truly powerless to overcome, sadly. No amount of int’l schmoozing will ever help him domestically. I happen to think doing ANY sort of int’l press or photo ops with other leaders IS a good thing for Thailand’s image right now, because otherwise the only other Thai characters making the news are the scammers and criminals on TV reality shows, and a fugitive ex-PM who can only best be compared to Bin Laden with his lunatic rambling video and audio messages from his secret hideout. For Thailand’s sake, the world needs to see there now actually is an intelligent and articulate leader (seemingly) in charge. At least it can’t hurt anything, right?

    BTW, it’s a shame when people pick on politicians because of their good (or bad) looks. Why not try to comment on something more substantial in the future?

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 29 September 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Sure it can’t hurt… But then ? That’s only half of the way. What’s the point to be smart, educated and even honest… if the PM can’t do, doesn’t want to do something meaningful ?
    What’s the point to be “articulate and intelligent” if you’re the prisonner of a Frankenstein Coalition ? If people like Newin has the upperhand against you ?
    What’s the point to speak about “rule of law” and “democracy” at breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you’re not elected, and if you have lost with a striking regularily all the previous elections ? And you got your PM seat by a surreal coalition designed by the military ?

    Think about it. Again : all those qualities are not enough. You have to see the broad situation.

    So Abhisit might be a very nice individual… but he’s not a good Prime Minister.

  10. 10 Tarrin 29 September 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Foxy, Abhisit might be the best PM for all I care, but looking at the recent event, the freaking 63 Billion baht NGV bus have, actually, pass by the house????
    you kind of image Abhisit is sending to the international community??? What is so intelligent and articulate about that??

    Moreover, Thailand is not 2nd from the bottom in term of transpiration (hint more corruption)
    Good image??? At least when Thaksin was here Thailand was around 9-10, is it that great? of cause not but hell it is much better than 14.

    Sure it does not hurt if Abhisit wants to show his face around just to impress people of how stable his infected government is
    but please he could have refrain from making ridiculous comments.

  11. 11 ThaiCrisis 29 September 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Oh Yeah Tarrin…. The news just broke out… It’s a scandal. Abhisit, once again, had to PAY. He agreed to pay back Newin with this totally idiotic deal (the buses leased). This deal was pushed like crazy by Newin and his friends… And we all know why.

    So once again, Abhisit went down, once again showed submission to various (private) interests in order to save his political arse. First the army and now the members of the Frankenstein Coalition.

    It’s a shame. Another black day for Thailand.

    63 billions THB ! How much the Newin Gang will get from it ?

  12. 12 Tarrin 30 September 2009 at 10:33 am

    I’m pretty sure Abhisit and his gang will have some of the pie as well, they just let Newin do all the dirty work. You know, good cop, bad cop, but cop still.

  13. 13 Insanity 30 September 2009 at 11:16 am


    Suthep: Bus approval not a pay-off


  14. 14 Insanity 30 September 2009 at 11:24 am

    Further verification that corruption in Thailand continues to get worse:



  15. 15 Insanity 30 September 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Thailand Image
    Here we go again? – Airports continue to be fair game for any Thai with a grievance against the establishment.


    People living near Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand, are threatening to occupy the passenger terminal if the compensation they were promised by the Airports of Thailand does not arrive soon. Suvarnabhumi marks the third anniversary of its opening this week.

    Wanchart Manathammasombat, 50, who heads the Saranwong housing estate, said residents were renewing their calls for the AoT and the government to provide help after past efforts had failed to relieve their troubles. “Three years have passed but the AoT has helped less than five percent of the 15,000 affected families,” he maintained.

    Many residents have been reported to suffer from medical problems from being exposed to airport noise.


  16. 16 ThaiCrisis 30 September 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Well this is a “unfortunate collateral dammage”.
    In a country where crooks are ruling, where violence and dirty tricks are the way to end or start deals, etc…


    So basically, those people are dead wrong. They should be prosecuted because what they do has a name : blackmail
    But on the other hand, I can only agree with them : because it’s the only way they could get what they are asking for !

    I mean, last december, thugh with yellow shirts occupied the airport. With no bad consequences whatsover for them. They got what they were asking for. So ? Why not doing the same, today ?

    This is the tragedy of the country : THE THUG WAY OF THINKING, because eventually if everybody is acting like a THUG why would I behave differently ? If I would, I would be a dupe. A bozo. A clown.

    Basic human psychology. But eventually, great and deep dammages done to the society.

    You can’t ask all the members of a society to not behave like THUGS if the elite of this society is nothing but a group of THUGS.

    God damnit ! Now I feel like a real THUG. 😉

  17. 17 whoopla 30 September 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Good to see that TC and Bedywyr and the insane coterie of commenters are back on Thailand Crisis – your fear-nothing posse of Thugs ;-p

  18. 18 ThaiCrisis 30 September 2009 at 11:58 pm

    whoopla : I’m glad we are able to entertain you…

  19. 19 whoopla 1 October 2009 at 2:44 am

    In all sincerity, this blog is often the best dark humour website on Thai affairs available – priceless!

  20. 20 ThaiCrisis 1 October 2009 at 3:05 am

    Yeah, I know. It’s probably my french sense of humor. Often very dark. 😉

  21. 21 Marvo 1 October 2009 at 10:03 am

    Blog Noir!

  22. 22 ThaiCrisis 1 October 2009 at 12:44 pm

    “Noir c’est noir, il n’y a plus d’espoir” 😉

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