After contributing to panic, Abhisit calls for people not to panic

There have been intelligence reports of possible acts of sabotage during the weekend rally by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), but people should not panic, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday. (Bangkok Post)

Hot, cold… Abhisit is not a great tactician. At best, he’s losing his nerves. At worst, he uses pathetic old tricks.

And what about the story about massive weapons theft ? Allegedly “6000 rifles” and explosives stolen last week in the South. Since then, no news.

A few days of cover up before to publish this news, then some accusations (Red Shirts could be involved, according to the gvt), then another silence (absolutely zero follow up on this amazing and scary story, even by thai standards it’s striking)… this is not really a good way to manage people’s mood.

And what about this one :

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban on Wednesday said security forces have been alerted to monitor 30 to 40 areas in the capital that might be targetted for bomb attacks. (Nation)

Should we panic ? Yes I know, Suthep and Abhisit are not members of the same government. 😉

The prime minister denied suggestions the government was trying plant news stories about possible violence, saying that would be pointless.

Pointless ? On the contrary, it would make perfectly sense.

The prime minister reiterated his warning that the red-shirts’ real objective was something beyond a House dissolution, so people should think carefully before taking part in the rally.

Again Abhisit is lost : he says “don’t panic” and then 2 sentences after, he states that the real target of the rally is “beyond” a simple and perfectly peaceful political event, aka a House dissolution. So ? Just a lunch on the grass, and games for the children during a sunny sunday afternoon ? Or something much… sinister ?

Could we call this a proper crisis management ?

Abhisit should just shut his mouth. Sometimes silence is a better option than speaking like a headless and panicked chicken.

And by the way, if you really don’t want to panic… then you might read this :

Members of Thaksin Shinawatra’s immediate family have left or are leaving the country ahead of this weekend’s rally by supporters of the fugitive former prime minister. (Bangkok Post)

😉 Obviously, some people are panicked.

5 Responses to “After contributing to panic, Abhisit calls for people not to panic”

  1. 1 Pricilla 10 March 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Taksin’s entire family suddenly finding urgent need to travel overseas is no doubt just coincidental. What ever happened to the good old days when kings would actually lead their troops into battle, like or dislike monarchy at least they had the guts to put it on the line.

    Today’s cowardly sissy leaders lead from as far to the back as they can possibly get, preferably with an ocean in between, after ensuring all their family members also don’t get in harms way. Come to think of it most of the generals are back there with them.

    Would we have less wars if national leaders and their generals were required to lead the troops into battle. Bush driving the first tank into Bagdad, Howard first man ashore in East Timor, Obama leading special forces incursions, Taksin personally leading the charge up the steps of government house, tales of heroes and legend..but of course would never happen. Bloody Pussies.

  2. 2 lee 10 March 2010 at 8:39 pm

    “the good old days when kings would actually lead their troops into battle.”
    Last time that happened here, that king faces a coup back home from his ‘Brother’ and his entire family was killed.

  3. 3 banphai 10 March 2010 at 9:37 pm

    “Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday he may chose to stay in a safehouse during the rally of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) this weekend.”
    But don’t panic, folks. The PM will be OK, and he’ll be on the blower if needed: “…….the safehouse would have proper communication equipment.” That’s a relief.

  4. 4 Horace Peters 11 March 2010 at 5:57 am

    I love the “Bloody Pussies” Priscilla! Thanks for bringing some balls into the equasion, specially after some local absolutely pro-prole blogger has turned coats and acts like Linda Lovelace at her Second Baptism… thank God for the Frog’s Blogs!! Keep up the good work TC!!

  5. 5 observer 11 March 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Sure Abhisit and his cronies panic. They know from school that the French revolution started like this and they know about the outcome.

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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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