Sign up | Log in



Home  >>  Daily News  >>  ASEAN ANALYSIS


Asean Affairs    18  August  2011

Thailand’s politics begins to boil

By  David Swartzemtruber

AseanAffairs     18  August 2011

Related Stories

August 17,2011
Thailand’s politics begins to boil

August 16,2011
China’s train ride on hold?

August 15,2011
The real test

August 14,2011

August 12,2011
Aung San Suu Kyi appeals for review of Irrawaddy dam

August 11,2011
New carrier raises South China Sea tensions

August 10,2011
Boat people in Asia

August 9,2011
Asean development spreading to Laos

August 8,2011
Cambodia civil progress remains slow

It’s been just six weeks since Yingluck Shinawatra carried the Pheu Thai party to victory in a general election but already political developments suggest the new government is off to an unsettling start.

The developments are in the political, economic and educational fields and are reactions to the Pheu Thai’s policies or recent actions.

The political issue concerns the entry visa to Japan granted to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. At first, the Thai government said the request for the visa came from Japan, but the Japanese later said that new Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Towijakchaikul had requested the visa.

Mr. Thaksin is a fugitive from Thai justice having been found guilty of intervening in the sale of land to his then wife, while he was prime minister. He has stated he will not serve his two-year jail sentence.

The losing Democrat party states that Mr. Surapong violated articles 189 and 192 of the Criminal Code for failing to seek Mr. Thaksin’s extradition, despite knowing his address in Dubai.

The sentence for aiding a fugitive from justice is 3 years.

On the economic front, electronics firm, Hana Microelectronics Plc, an employer of 10,000, mainly in Thailand and a few in China, is exploring the possibility of relocating to Vietnam or China because of the increase in the minimum wage to 300 baht (US$10) per day.

Chief executive Richard Han said the increase planned by the new Pheu Thai-led government would hurt Hana's bottom line too much.

The new minimum wage was a vital plank in the Pheu Thai party’s election platform and the party seeks to impose the new wage unilaterally rather than in stages. Business leaders have called for an incremental wage increase.

On the educational front, the giveaway of tablet computers to primary school children is encountering opposition from several directions. The purchase of the tablets will consume 9 percent of the Thai Education Department’s budget, which seems an extravagant expenditure to many. There is also great uncertainty about the ability of teachers to use them effectively in the schools as there have been no teacher training plans provided in the government’s proposal.

Thai public education has been roundly criticized for being outdated, poorly managed and failing to educate Thai children properly for many years because of poorly prepared teachers.

The new Thai government is expected to deliver its policy goals to the country on August 24. That will be the next major development in Thailand’s democratic evolution.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    18  August  2011 Subsribe Now !
• Four Indonesian enterprises to go public Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Myanmar newspapers remove anti-Western slogans Asean Affairs Premium
• San Miguel makes energy buy
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Dollars flood Singapore
• Proposed wage hikes too much for Thai firm
• New government rushes to change Thai Constitution
• Cash shortage delays Vietnamese projects

• Three Asean countries combat drugs

Asean Analysis    18  August  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Thailand’s politics begins to boil Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch   18  August  2011

• Asean Stock Watch-August 18 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand