In an earlier post, PPT commented that on Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha’s campaign trip to the northeast, he lied about the cabinet meeting. He stated: “he would not be ‘giving away’ millions of baht from state coffers to woo voters.” Yet the cabinet meeting is considering “Bt10 billion for development projects” in the region.
As it turns out, 10 billion baht was a drop in the junta’s campaign money bucket.
The Bangkok Post reports that:
The cabinet on Tuesday acknowledged a raft of proposed infrastructure development projects worth 59 billion baht for the lower Northeast as the government concluded its two-day cabinet trip to Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen provinces in the region.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the cabinet discussed 19 projects worth 59 billion baht for four provinces — Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, Si Sa Ket and Amnat Charoen.
The projects will be implemented gradually from next year until 2024. Some are still at the stage of environmental impact assessment studies while others are closer to being submitted for cabinet approval, Mr Arkhom said.
And that’s just transport projects. As we have previously noted, everyone know the Ministry of Transport is a cash cow for officials and their ministerial bosses. It has been that way for a very long time. The whole area is awash with cash and corruption. Having these things in place will be of great benefit for lubricating coalition governments and lining the pockets of ministers and others. Heck, it could fund the junta’s Palang Pracharath Party for decades!