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A mountain ready to crumble

Re: "A mountain off our shoulders", Letters, April 11.

Mr Grant automatically seems to believe that the good efforts of hard-working government officials have led to the "solving" of the imminent (yes, imminent) "rice crisis". "No doubt the sale price will be well below what the government had hoped, and thus considerable losses will continue to be incurred," he acknowledges.

The fact is that the prime minister is under investigation for dereliction of duty and causing financial damage to the state because she reportedly knew about the massive losses and yet failed to stop them. Under what binding law is she then guaranteed to represent Thailand as prime minister? This is punishable under law and the NACC is duty-bound to indict her accordingly, resulting in impeachment.

Would she or her fabulously wealthy family care to compensate the taxpayer to the tune of billions (of dollars, not baht)? Not likely.

Imminent corruption cases threaten the very stability of Thailand. How imminent is it that the NACC is likely to recommend impeachment of Yingluck? The ensuing political crisis that it involves is ominous, since now militant red shirts prepare to keep their "puppet-girl" installed in power at all costs. Meanwhile, anti-government supporters continue to make their case on the streets in near-daily protests.

By this, Mr Grant must logically be referring to the very crisis they created through populist election-campaign policies designed to deliver votes, ensure a loyal vassal state, and foster a country of dependent farmers and a well-connected crony-broker base that reaps most of the profit. It ensured that working Thais depend on government handouts and market manipulation. This is good news?

Right, Robin, and who else "thanks goodness" for some positive news? Could it be the farmers? Not really, because they'll get the short end of the stick - as usual. Could it be the Thai budget? No, because it's bleeding cash to the tune of billions of baht in waste and fraud. Is it the Thai economy? No, since it's sinking in the midst of chaotic policies and political divisions.

So, what's the good news again?

Niels Jeffreys

Bangkok


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