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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

General Surayud: Lectures On Wealth Inequality While Living A Life Of Luxury For A Public Servant

PM urges action on inequality

Unfair distribution of wealth is main enemy

ANUCHA CHAROENPO & WASSANA NANUAM


Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont yesterday identified an unequal distribution of wealth as the main enemy the government and its successor must tackle to bring about national unity. Some critics feel the departure of M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula from the cabinet has rocked public confidence in the five-month-old government, but the prime minister pointed instead to the unfair distribution of income as a problem he was encountering.


''If we have a political crisis in our country today, this is it,'' he said in his speech entitled Think for Thailand delivered at a Thai Journalists Association (TJA) forum.


''This is the great challenge we all face today. No government can avoid addressing, in very concrete terms, the great income inequality that has afflicted our nation,'' he said. ''Our brothers and sisters who constitute the rural majority will not accept, I believe, being ignored anymore.'

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What do we know about General Surayud's own wealth?

He is a multi-millionaire.

He has expensive hobbies.

He has expensive tastes.

He lives in one of the most exclusive housing estates in Bangkok.

He sends his children to study at expensive private schools in the US that even most Americans can't afford.

Also, I wonder if he has servants and minor officers, those poor people he loves so much, come crawling on their hands and feet when serving him at home and at the office.

3 comments:

Patiwat said...

Where do his children study, by the way? I'm asking this, not in a creepy way, of course, but because - as you noted - it is a signal for how he wishes to exercise his social and economic status. Is it one of the New England boarding schools where most Thai hi-so's send their young?

Fonzi said...
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Fonzi said...

E-mail me. I don't want to talk about the school in public.