Chuwit


There’s an good Chuwit 101 primer from Associated Press. If you aren’t aware of one of Thailand’s most colorful politicians (the former prostitution tycoon) it’ll be a fun read.

(P)Lucky Thais Defeat Mighty Communist Machine


It was a close-run thing, apparently but Thailand sneaked an injury time goal for a 1-0 win over 10-man North Korea yesterday. I did not see it myself – alas I get to watch almost nothing despite … OK, too much personal information.

It was in no way simian cephalodian Peter Reid’s first match as manager and he struck a sensible tone: we were lucky, in essence and a lot of things are going to have to change via severe shouting at on the practice pitch. Khun Peter is famous in his native UK for his industrial strength language and a fairly robust playing style with a big lad up top (which is not going to work here, of course). He is most famous, perhaps (Everton fans will differ) in his playing days for forming a new midfield with Steve Hodge in the 1986 World Cup after Bryan Robson was declared dead and Ray ‘Butch’ Wilkins sent off in the morocco fiasco. He it was who covered every inch of the baking ground to enable Gary Lineker to score a hat trick against the sledded Poles and two more against the epithet-free Paraguayans before being cheated out by the Maradona experience – he is now due to become manager/coach of Argentina – let’s be honest, it’s not going to work.

Anyway, earlier today, there were repots that an agreement had been struck with the English FA which meant the England team would come and play a friendly here at some stage. This has subsequently been denied and who knows what the truth is (although I can guess). It would certainly be a big story if the Engerlunders were to come here, including Stevie Me, JT, Wazza and all (dread to think what Wayne Rooney would make of Khun Chuwit’s previous establishments on the Phahonyothin road opposite the hotel where the Liverpool team stayed when they visited). Even if they did, it would probably end up a typical England on tour performance of dire fatigue and indifference. We shall, as ever, see. If we are spared from the looming street violence, that is.

Four More Wasted Years Loom


Well, the election for Governor of Bangkok will be held this weekend and if, as seems likely, rarely seen incumbent Democrat Apirak Kosayodhin wins again, we will not see him again for another four years. This will probably be the last chance to talk about the election and, since it is an easy topic, that will do for me today.

The Nation has a story with the four principal contenders giving a couple of hundred words as to why they should be elected.

First up is PPP candidate Prapat Chongsanguan: he says he is a real man and not a brand and a doer rather than a, um, non-doer presumably. As for his policies: “Mine are simple; develop feeder systems and a common ticket as mass-transit policies, get rid of garbage systematically, clean canals by taking the dirty water for direct treatment, etc.”

Next is Khun Apirak himself: “I have planned five essential policies: environment, quality of life, children and education, traffic, and economic policies.” These are not real policies, are they? These are broad areas of human life. It is noticeable that Khun Apirak is unable to point to a single achievement from the four wasted years of his administration. He really is the equal of the workshy quisling Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Third, ‘fists of fury’ Chuwit Kamolvisit: he claims to have two main policies, which are: “First, there will be no corruption during my term in office.

Second, I will develop Bangkok while taking into account the problem of global warming. At least, during my period as governor, the development of Bangkok will not increase global warming.” The first of these does not sound very likely, given human nature and everything we know of how things work in the City of Angels and the second sounds impossible without enormous investment in new technology, which would be welcome but expensive.

Finally, Dr Dan, Kriangsak Chareonwongsak, who claims: “An obsolete idea yields nothing but perpetual problems, while innovative wisdom can resolve all issues. Though not bound by budget or jurisdiction limitations, we are certainly bound to the restrictions of our own creativity. For instance, traditional concepts will cling to massive public transportation in curbing Bangkok’s traffic congestion. But, from a novel perspective, I will add one policy to discourage commuter traffic building up to inner city workplaces. Bangkok office desks will be moved nearer to family domiciles, to a second workplace zone on Bangkok’s outskirts, known as Metroport.”  

How will he do this? It’s not a bad idea but how?

Only Prapat seems to have an idea of what to do but given his candidacy as a PPP member, it is not very likely that Bangkok people will vote for him. So, four more wasted years it will be then.

 

More and Better Information on Bangkok’s Gubernatorial Election


Coincidence or not, both English language papers have started talking about Bangkok’s gubernatorial election today (I am always ahead of the game. Well, sometimes).

The Nation takes its support of the increasingly rightist Democrats seriously by talking up the achievements of incumbent Apirak ‘rarely seen’ Kosayodhin, as follows:

“As the incumbent, Apirak has lots of advantages. He belongs to the Democrat Party, which has strong support in all Bangkok areas. He has managed his job well enough to reduce traffic jams by improving road infrastructure and extending Skytrain routes. He has initiated bike lanes, which should be extended further. He should be credited for the creative plans to transform Bangkok, to enable it to compete with cities like London, Paris or Tokyo. He has also attracted more people to public transport as a way to save energy and resources.”

These improvements seem in reality to have had precious little to do with Khun Apirak, so far as I know. What are these plans to enable Bangkok to compete with London and Paris? Compete how? People are using public transport because of high petrol prices and because the government introduced free bus rides for people – not sure what his role in that was.

Oh well. How about the other candidates? Khun Prapat Chongsanguan is running for the PPP and formerly ran the MRTA so actually does understand public transport. Dr Kriangsak Charoenwongsak is a former Democrat MP running on programs for young people – perhaps he is the guy I mentioned yesterday – one of the problems I have in not watching television or getting news information from it is that I don’t actually know what most people look like.

There is also Khun Chuwit Kamolvisit – massage parlour baron – for once I am in agreement with the Nation, which also sneers as Khun Chuwit’s insistence on appearing as constantly furious like some kind of pantomime demon king. ‘Personality’ Leena Janjanja is being treated as a bit of a joke; she is the only female candidate – coincidence?

The final candidate is ML Nattakorn Devakul (ML denotes an aristocratic title). I mentioned yesterday that he appears to be the smartest of the candidates in terms of innovative thinking and internationalization, so far as I can tell. His ratings are low, apparently and so he remains an outsider.

The poll is due to take place on October 5th.  

More and Better Information on Bangkok’s Gubernatorial Election


Coincidence or not, both English language papers have started talking about Bangkok’s gubernatorial election today (I am always ahead of the game. Well, sometimes).

The Nation takes its support of the increasingly rightist Democrats seriously by talking up the achievements of incumbent Apirak ‘rarely seen’ Kosayodhin, as follows:

“As the incumbent, Apirak has lots of advantages. He belongs to the Democrat Party, which has strong support in all Bangkok areas. He has managed his job well enough to reduce traffic jams by improving road infrastructure and extending Skytrain routes. He has initiated bike lanes, which should be extended further. He should be credited for the creative plans to transform Bangkok, to enable it to compete with cities like London, Paris or Tokyo. He has also attracted more people to public transport as a way to save energy and resources.”

These improvements seem in reality to have had precious little to do with Khun Apirak, so far as I know. What are these plans to enable Bangkok to compete with London and Paris? Compete how? People are using public transport because of high petrol prices and because the government introduced free bus rides for people – not sure what his role in that was.

Oh well. How about the other candidates? Khun Prapat Chongsanguan is running for the PPP and formerly ran the MRTA so actually does understand public transport. Dr Kriangsak Charoenwongsak is a former Democrat MP running on programs for young people – perhaps he is the guy I mentioned yesterday – one of the problems I have in not watching television or getting news information from it is that I don’t actually know what most people look like.

There is also Khun Chuwit Kamolvisit – massage parlour baron – for once I am in agreement with the Nation, which also sneers as Khun Chuwit’s insistence on appearing as constantly furious like some kind of pantomime demon king. ‘Personality’ Leena Janjanja is being treated as a bit of a joke; she is the only female candidate – coincidence?

The final candidate is ML Nattakorn Devakul (ML denotes an aristocratic title). I mentioned yesterday that he appears to be the smartest of the candidates in terms of innovative thinking and internationalization, so far as I can tell. His ratings are low, apparently and so he remains an outsider.

The poll is due to take place on October 5th.