King : 4 months in hospital and Abhisit says people should stop to rely on King’s interventions

On january 19, It will be 4 months… The King has been hospitalized on september 19th. The last time he was seen in public was in december, for a very brief speech (read here and my article here).

Meanwhile, Abhisit had some very strange words during a speech (in english) at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.

Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, Abhisit said the country had “struggled at times of crisis to solve problems”, in which 82-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s role had been “critical, crucial, vital”.

He noted in particular events of 1992, when the King publicly admonished the then-PM and a protest leader to end bloody clashes in Bangkok. The monarch has also made more recent calls for unity to prevent the country’s collapse.

Now what I’m saying is that it would be better if we can all resolve these issues without having to rely on His Majesty’s interventions, even though they are always within the framework of the constitution. It will take time,” Abhisit said late Thursday. (Bangkok Post)

Why ?  Abhisit says “stop” but he doesn’t explain “why” !

That’s the core question.

Why the thai people should try to solve their political conflicts without the King’s interventions ? Why It would be “better” without ?

Abhisit dares to say that without any justification. It’s striking.

His Majesty did intervene in 1992 after the Black May (yes, you have to remember, the insane crazy military dared to shoot at people, like dogs). And Abhisit said the King’s intervention was “critical, crucial, vital “.

So ?

Why It was “vital ” in 1992, but It would be wrong in 2010 ? The Prime Minister is contradicting himself.

Afterall, if the situation is totally blocked, King’s interventions are the only way to find a way out. And he’s perfectly in his role by doing so, beyond partisan boundaries. That’s exactly the definition of a monarchy.

So what Abhisit is trying to say ? Should we try to stop to rely on the King’s invervention because they are wrong, or because he won’t be able anymore to intervene ?

10 Responses to “King : 4 months in hospital and Abhisit says people should stop to rely on King’s interventions”

  1. 1 Jim 16 January 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Great Blog. I have just started reading through it. I have an off-topic question. What are your views as to what the motive behind this land tax Abby is proposing? I get the feeling certain offshore banks maybe calling the shots here in Thailand as well!

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 17 January 2010 at 12:32 am

    The Land tax ? You mean the “idea” Abhisit and Korn are toying with ?

    For me, it will remain a hoax… until I see it.

    I don’t trust anything they say. Because actually, thai politicians are talking a lot. But deliver very little.

    You have to understand that :
    1-Abhisit was not elected (we’ll never repeat enough that he was “nominated” PM, thanks to a bozo coup, a cheap parliamentary trick, AKA the bribe of ex-“friends” of Thaksin so they can change allegiance)

    2-therefore, Abhisit is not PM in order to “reform” Thailand.

    3-his only function is to gain time (until the royal succession), and to occupy the position (to avoid fresh elections that would give a victory to Thaksin)

    So the Land Tax (which I support of course) is just a red herring, a toy to entertain the plebe.

  3. 3 David Brown 17 January 2010 at 7:47 am

    “better if we can all resolve these issues without having to rely on His Majesty’s interventions”

    I wonder if Abhisit should be charged with lese majeste?

    his comments seem “dangerously” republican… get rid of or do without HM????

    I guess any ordinary (non military linked) person saying this would be charged….

  4. 4 fall 17 January 2010 at 10:14 am

    Abhisit cant even get a land back from ONE forest encroacher… the land tax “reform” is just a pipe dream to entertain the mass.
    Sure, land distribution and tax equality *wink*wink*.

  5. 5 Jim 17 January 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Thank You for that. Can you see any links that the Wall Street banks are acting as puppeteers on any side?

    I don’t understand how you can support the land tax. Taxing something owned is basically charging the owner a “rent”. It just seems backwards, and a way to fleece the public, forcing those who can not pay off of their land! I am assuming the tax will also be applied to the mostly impoverished farmers here.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 17 January 2010 at 3:35 pm

    It’s a matter of proportions.

    I’m against land tax in France for instance. But I support it in Thailand. Why ? Schizophrenia ? 😉


    Taxes are way too high in France. And way too low (for some parts) in Thailand.

    To tax the land in Thailand would be an efficient way to force people to use their land… and not seat iddle on it, just waiting for the thai magic to do its job : AKA increasing its price.

    Land should not be like a saving account. But rather a production mean.

    Plus there is the problem of the extreme concentration of lands, within a very few hands. Again proportions. The gap is just too wide in Thailand. It’s not sustainable (and all the bitter political fightings are a proof of that).

  7. 7 Jim 17 January 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Right. The double standards here are outrageous.

    I see why you support the land tax here. There just must be a better way to get the land used. Perhaps an incentive, rather than a tax. I just feel any tax going to these cronies would not benefit anyone but the tax collector.

    I enjoy reading your blog, Thanks

  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 17 January 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Since we have a lot of experience with taxes… in France… I can remind you one fundamental point :
    -a tax is an incentive… albeit a negative one.

  9. 9 Pricilla 17 January 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I do not agree with land tax, as what it does is allow governments to make owning land for the poor too expensive. The rich, everywhere but especially here have ways of dodging taxes, the middle class and poor are the ones that always have to carry it.

    As to Abbhisits comment, I would suggest it is merely remoulding mindsets. He would have more information than the rest of us, both as PM and also being firmly in a certain camp.

  10. 10 Lloyd 17 January 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Any tax levied on the Thai “Elite/Wealthy” or Thai companies will simply be passed onto those who provide for their wealth. Increasing taxes on tabaco and alcohol does little to effect the manufacturers or suppliers of the product, it is the end user who ultimately pays.

    Land needs to be zoned or catagorized properly before it can be taxed. Thailands system of catagorising land is abysmal at best and open to severe abuse by those in power and those with the money to change the zoning of a parcel of land as they so wish.

    The basic issues of creating a stable and incurruptible system needs to be addressed first and foremost, once thats done then a system of capital gains and other profit based tax systems could be applied instead of a “land tax”.

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