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BANGKOK 19 October 2018 22:24
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Thanks for the memories - tearful sacked tourism minister goes online after PM boots her out

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1 hour ago, Orac said:

 

It is a well established family with a history of supporting the military do her mother was in an ideal situation to negotiate a deal with Toshiba since they needed a Thai partner.

 

Her grandparents were Mah and Boonkrong whose initails are used to get to the name of the shopping centre MBK built by her uncle. The name Mahboonkrong is still used for their original rice business centred around Pathum Thani Rice Mills Ltd. Other family businesses where they have major influence or control  include Thailands 6th largest bank, Thanachart, and Dusit Thani hotels. Another offshoot of the family is the Chokchai's as in the farm.

 

The family name is Bulakul which was adopted by the chinese grandparents and is made up from 'bul' taken from the name of  previous dictator Phibul Songkram and 'kul' meaning clan.

 

One of her uncles was 'special advisor' to the Constitional Court who have obviously been responsible for significant decisions  regarding previous political events in Thailand.

 

The carefully cultivated image of her as strong, independent business woman is only a small part of why she got the job in the first place and ignores the huge amount of hidden influence behind her which could be getting caught up by a new brush doing a  bit of cleaning.

 

 

 

Your knowledge is superior to mine, which is more or less limited to understanding how the mafia works. Thailand is structured in the same way as a mafia - if you want to do business in Thailand you buy a concession and you are guaranteed protection and limited competition. That seems to be the way it works.

 

What you say is little surprise however, the broad strokes could have been painted on the canvas, it's the way things have been done - which have become the new traditional and which have resulted in many things profitable and beneficial.

 

It isn't going to change overnight but it is going to change. Thailand must drag itself into the modern era. The medieval fantasy days immortalised in some of the more outrageous lakorn these days will have to go. An emergence. eyes blinking, into the daylight will be the price of renewed acceptance into the community of nations. Forget Thai being the lingua franca, forget Thailand leading ASEAN, Thailand will be very lucky not to be thrown out of the sandpit altogether, and that is not at all sure at the moment.

 

My opinion.

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19 hours ago, Nigeone said:

Will we get some honest arrival figures now I wonder ?

yes tourism is up with 20 % but all the hotels are empty.

Must be all couchsurfing which will be the new crackdown.

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Hey dont cry How many Thais got a free junket trip to London just recently as you did ? You must of upset the Pm some how? No favours his way you think?

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How could everyone condemn her, you not even know her or can evaluate her work (or not) she did? It’s very simple to judge her from the newspaper or from hearing....or is it just because she is a woman? I think it’s the easiest way to be negative !

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in order to keep up with public 'demand ' for change...she got booted.

Look if you raise the arrival from 20+ to 30 + million visitors in 3 years time you' have done a good job.

She was less risky to make way.

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5 minutes ago, Brayka said:

How could everyone condemn her, you not even know her or can evaluate her work (or not) she did? It’s very simple to judge her from the newspaper or from hearing....or is it just because she is a woman? I think it’s the easiest way to be negative !

See # 77

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Directives come from the leader. The problem is this country is without a competent one. 

Do not feel bad you won't be the last. He believes his smart and everyone else failed. LOL his day will come. It will be good when a real PM abolished defamation and we can also really torch him.

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19 hours ago, JoePai said:

Can anyone say how she actually got the job in the first place  ?

Was high up in Toshiba. I doubt any donation/payback issues were involved though 

 

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Commerce and Tourism have been the two successes of the junta. Getting rid of these two ministers while keeping several others (who just happen to be military) makes it look more like clearing out the civilians.

Perhaps the chairman of the board of investment should be axed. Oh, but wait, that's under the PMs office. He would have to seppuku

<snip>However, total FDI in 2016, in addition to the current two quarters of 2017, has dropped to levels last seen in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.Record high figures in 2013 of Bt513 billion ($15.1 billion) dropped to Bt374 billion ($112 billion) as of the second quarter of 2017, largely due to a pulling back of investment by Japan.From Bt310 billion ($9.1 billion) in 2013, Japanese investment in Thailand fell to Bt125 billion ($3.8 billion) in 2017.<snip>

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20 minutes ago, Brayka said:

How could everyone condemn her, you not even know her or can evaluate her work (or not) she did? It’s very simple to judge her from the newspaper or from hearing....or is it just because she is a woman? I think it’s the easiest way to be negative !

The numbers speak for themselves my dear.  Amazing is that she was able to bs her way through 3 years.

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I bet she will not be crying when she looks at her golden handshake.......and pension....except tears of joy maybe.

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