04 Apr '11, 11pm

Elections Do Not Equal Democracy, say Thai Senator and Newspaper Magnate (Singapore Angle, 9 Oct 2006) via @Nganadeeleg

Choonhavan remarked that it was not so much the sale of Shin Corp to Temasek itself which sparked the anger of Thais but Thaksin's refusal to pay tax on the transaction. If he had paid taxes on the THB 73 billion (SGD 3.1 billion) deal, that would have diffused a lot of criticism but he was too greedy and stuck by the letter of the law at great political cost. Limthongkul added that it might have been more difficult to resist Thaksin if he had slowly eaten up Thailand's wealth rather than trying to swallow so much over such a short period of time. Both speakers also expressed frustration at Western governments' silence over Thaksin's complicity in extra-judicial killings in the South of "so-called drug traffickers", the human rights violations in the military police's handling of the insurgency in the three Southern provinces and the way Thaksin rode roughshod over the lib...

Full article: http://www.singaporeangle.com/2006/10/elections-do-not-eq...

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