Accused of corruption ? Give a toy to the plebeians, like a referendum for teenagers

Chairman of the sufficiency economy project, Mechai Viravaidya, will this Friday reveal guidelines on fund allocation to district chiefs nationwide. He said these guidelines should minimise corruption because provisions have been made for those involved in graft to face criminal charges.

The project had been initially suspended due to reports of corruption. Mechai attributed the negative news to poor public relations and lack of public understanding and participation. Of the projects submitted earlier, 74 per cent were for the procurement of equipment.

“Under the new guidelines, anybody above the age of 15 is entitled to voice their opinion. This is the first time that the country’s youth, numbering about 5 million, will offer opinions on how the Bt18.6-billion government budget should be allocated,” he said.

A nationwide referendum for most-needed projects will take place on January 31 and participants will be encouraged to point to all traces of corruption. (Nation)

Vertigo… ! Breathtaking ! Pills, we need pills !

Instead of addressing these accusations, the government is toying with cheap marketing tricks…

And you’ll appreciate the ridiculous rethoric : “we can’t do wrong, because we would face criminal charges, so you see we really can’t do wrong”. 😉

And why not asking the new born babies for their opinions ? Or the elephants perhaps ? Sure, that would be trendy. It would probably please Abhisit the Great Communicator.

They are totally burned out.

Anyway, the bottom line is :
-confronted with accusations of corruption… the government tries everything It can to create red herrings, in order to divert attention.
-since we are heading toward the The Mother Of All The Battles (with Thaksin, at least this is what they say)… The government needs badly to give away huge amounts of money, to buy people, minds and votes.

Change with Abhisit ? Yes We Can’t. More than ever.

Let’s organize a referendum for babies to find out. Or for animals. And plants too (no discrimination). That could be revealing.

6 Responses to “Accused of corruption ? Give a toy to the plebeians, like a referendum for teenagers”


  1. 1 David Brown 19 January 2010 at 8:20 am

    does it work

    do people, except someone like you and me, get distracted from the past issue?

    sad……..

  2. 2 Jaded 19 January 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I think they should ask pandas. Now that would be really popular!

  3. 3 Bedwyr 19 January 2010 at 1:18 pm

    The project had been initially suspended due to reports of corruption. Mechai attributed the negative news to poor public relations and lack of public understanding and participation.

    Well, no.

    The negative news about corruption was caused by corrupt people in the government who got caught in the act. And who still won’t see the inside of any jail. Or even a slap on the wrist.

    Got to give it to that Abhisit guy. He’s a real doberman when it comes to dealing harshly with corruption… An opportunity to resign ‘to show responsibility’ followed by a few months out of the public gaze followed by another ministerial seat. Now that’s what I call *really* harsh punishment.

    Yes we can’t.

  4. 4 Pricilla 19 January 2010 at 7:09 pm

    The Sufficiency Economy Program – is that the one where the intent of sufficiency was perverted to mean that the poor are “educated” to be happy and accept their meager existence of poverty with no aspiration to improve their lot? To keep selling their children and those that lose their land through scams to keep applying for jobs as gardeners and maids for those that don’t need sufficiency due to their enormous wealth, influence and privilege?

    Does anyone really not understand why the education system is designed to keep the poor ignorant and servile? The peasants work, the Chinese run the businesses and the bureaucracy get rich off corruption. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was (Talking Heads)…

  5. 5 Bedwyr 20 January 2010 at 11:49 am

    @Priscilla:

    The Sufficiency Economy Program – is that the one where the intent of sufficiency was perverted to mean that the poor are “educated” to be happy and accept their meager existence of poverty with no aspiration to improve their lot? To keep selling their children and those that lose their land through scams to keep applying for jobs as gardeners and maids for those that don’t need sufficiency due to their enormous wealth, influence and privilege?

    Yep, that’s the one. ‘Sufficiency’ for government people appears to mean your snout and only one front trotter in the trough, as opposed to both front trotters. Restraint for the benefit of the country is a wonderful thing.

  6. 6 African Nomad 21 January 2010 at 1:31 pm

    The Sufficiency Economy Program – mmmhhh.

    Why is the current King the most wealthy in the world?


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