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
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.