Birthday wishes from Thailand for Mr Thaksin

I’m a day late with my birthday wishes here, but yesterday, Thailand’s ousted prime minister turned 58. May I be the first to say that Thaksin looks genuinely good for his age. He must have spent much of his frozen fortune on some rather good moisturizers and days at the spa.

To celebrate Thakin’s birthday, his legal aide Noppadon Pattama announced yesterday that the shamed politician was going to have a new website to replace the now defunct www.hi-thaksin.com

Thaksin's new website logo

www.truethaksin.com, which as of yet has no content, displays the catchline, “The truth shall set you free”. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said that as a demonstration of the government’s support of free speech, Thaksin would be allowed to open a new website. Defence Minister Boonrawd Somtas then said that it might be blocked if it criticizes the dissolution of Thai Rak Thai.

The website will be part of Thaksin’s campaign to defend his reputation in Thailand. truethaksin.com will also be used for Thailand’s former premier to air his views on “business, sports and literature”. Should be a good read. No word on whether it will have English translations.

“I will fight to win back my dignity otherwise the country will lose its credibility. The country cannot move backwards,” said Thaksin in his address to the masses at Sanam Luang in June. (All from Bangkok Post)

Over at The Nation today, the writer of the editorial is only just getting to grips with Thakin’s war on drugs.

But the fact that Thaksin had overwhelming support suggests that Thai society as a whole still has a lot of growing up to do. Like it or not, our tendency to embrace strong men with questionable tactics does say something about us as a people.

What it actually says about Thai people is that unless Thailand’s poor are given a reason to care about political ideals, they will support the party who can give them the most. It has nothing to do with “growing up”. I think The Nation rattles off an editorial about the war on drugs every few months.

So, happy birthday Mr Thaksin. Readers, leave your birthday wishes here.

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11 thoughts on “Birthday wishes from Thailand for Mr Thaksin

  1. quote: But the fact that Thaksin had overwhelming support suggests that Thai society as a whole still has a lot of growing up to do. Like it or not, our tendency to embrace strong men with questionable tactics does say something about us as a people.

    the support for thaksin mostly shows that the country's parties never gave a flying fuck about the country's poor. thaksin has the reputation to have bettered conditions in rural thailand and no other party but thai rak thai has the poor man's support. something that everybody who cares about democracy in thailand should think about.

    i was critical of the man during his election campaign and never liked him. just goes to show that most of thailand's leaders have neglected social issues so badly that a man like thaksin can jump in and look like the salvatore. last but not least farmers could care less if human rights are ignored and "national assets" are being sold out. as if that's gonna make life any worse for them. only middleclass idealists worry about these things.

    my point is everyman in power who critisizes thaksin should take a critical look at his own past achievements. thailand's political landscape doesn't offer many credible options for farmer or working class voters, it seems.

    just my two cents of course

  2. What it actually says about Thai people is that unless Thailand’s poor are given a reason to care about political ideals, they will support the party who can give them the most.

    Quite a good summary – I would go a little further by saying that most elites (new & old) don't respect the poor, but some are prepared to use them.

    Many left leaning elites romanticize the rural lifestyle, but they feel betrayed by the rural poor who support Thaksin and his tax evasion/tax havens, policy corruption & extra-judicial killing etc.

    It would be much simpler if there was a political party that is really for the rural poor & workers, but Thailand seems stuck with a choices only from the right wing of politics.

    I know this is not a political site – sorry to bore you with my rant.

  3. I'm ThaiAmerican, 31yrsThai+42yrsAmerican
    I never see any military power reside in metro cities in America
    Bangkok need military to protect her from Burma hundred years ago

    Thai new PM should consider to move all military might to near border
    To fullfill their function …. Protect country is honour duty as a fence
    This will decrease one third of Bangkok traffic and save grobal heat
    There will be no easy way to move a Tank to out government for FUND!!!
    Be civilized, Protect the city is Police function …. not military

  4. May God bless you Mr. Thaksin on your birthday. I do wish you all the best . You are my hero for me . You do all most the good things to our country. I love you. I do admire you a lot . Happy Birthday my Superman .
    ขออวยพรให้คุณทักษินที่เคารพรักจงมีแต่ความสุขและสมหวังตลอดกาลนะคะ และขอให้มีสุขภาพสมบูรณ์แข็งแรงเพื่อที่จะได้ต่อสู้กับพวกอิจฉาริษยาทั้งหลาย พวกหมาเห่าใบตองแห้งทีไม่มีน้ำยาทั้งหลาย ขอให้คุณอย่าท้อถอยนะคะ ดิฉันเอาใจช่วยคุณตลอดมาและสวดมนต์อ้อนวอนขอให้พระเจ้าจงช่วยคุ้มครองคนดีอย่างคุณ ดิฉันไม่เคยรู้จักคุณเป็นการส่วนตัวแต่ก็ได้ติดตามผลงานของคุณมาตลอด ตอนคุณเป็นนายกดิฉันภูมิใจในประเทศไทยมากเพราะชาวต่างชาติพูดถึงประเทศไทยในทางที่ดี ไม่ใช่เป็นประเทศที่สามด้อยพัฒนา แต่ตอนที่เขาประติวัติ ดิฉันแทบจะเอาปี๊ปคุมหัวเดินเพราะเป็นคนไทย แต่ตอนนี้ดิฉันเดินได้อย่างสง่าผ่าเผยแล้ว หวังว่าคณะรัฐบาลใหม่คงดำเนินนโบบายทีดีอย่างที่คุณได้ทำไว้นะคะ
    ขอให้พระเจ้าจงคุ้มครองคุณและครอบครัวตลอดไปนะคะ ต่อไปนี้ขอให้มีแต่สิ่งที่ดีในชีวิดนะคะ

  5. A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KHUN TAKSIN!! YOU'RE THE BEST PRIME MINISTER THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD!! Even though we want you back to help our country out in these troubled and declining economy times, do think twice or even think more than a hundred times about coming back to this country!! I've been living here in country now for the past 40 odd years. My eyes are now open to the way this country is run. I can tell you that it "ain't" a democracy. The "Red Shirts" do have a point! No matter how any names are signed on the "petition," it's just a piece of paper. Ain't no one gonna take notice. "THEY" gotcha down as enemy "NO 1" and "THEY'RE" gonna to "NAIL YOU." "Visa Versa" if "THEY" allow to come back, man, it's just a "ruse" "cuse" THEY'RE goin to "nail" you anyway. So,"stay out" and "stay low." Timing ain't right just now. "Be COOL," "Stay Low," may "THE SPIRIT OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD, OUR LORD BUDDHA AND ALL SACRED BEINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH!!" protect you, your family and loved ones. Charlee

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