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PM breaks Thai hearts - scraps 1,500 baht cash handout for domestic tourists

 

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The Finance Ministry has decided to ditch plans to give 10 million domestic tourists 1,500 baht each to visit 55 second-tier provinces not usually on the tourist trail. 

 

It had earlier been hoped that this would be a good stimulus package for the economy. 

 

But word came down from on high - in the shape of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha that it was not a good use of budgets. In fact Daily News used the term "wasteful". 

 

It was to cost the government 15 billion baht and it was reported that sourcing the money had proved difficult. 

Besides the cash could be better spent elsewhere.

 

Now the focus has shifted to providing domestic tourists with an extension of six months to the period in which they can claim tax breaks on travel. The ceiling for the tax breaks has also been raised from 15,000 baht to 20,000 baht. 

 

Many saw the scheme as just a populist policy in an effort to form a government in the wake of the election on March 24th. 

 

PM Prayut had dismissed this criticism but has now backed down. 

 

He was reportedly furious that his plans were leaked out before they could be enacted. 

 

Now there are ideas to provide parents of people on state benefits with 500 baht extra for their children among other ideas being discussed. 

 

Daily News said "Big Too" - the PM's nickname - had broken Thai hearts. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

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He was reportedly furious that his plans were leaked out before they could be enacted.

 

Now let's hope that Big Too will follow Big Joke's footpath and end up in an inactive post! 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

It was to cost the government 15 billion baht and it was reported that sourcing the money had proved difficult. 

Besides the cash could be better spent elsewhere.

If they love the population so much, then a good way to show it would be to finance it themselves, with the sale of a few watches or donating some of the backhander that must have been paid for the high-speed railway (non-construction so far).

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36 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

PM breaks Thai hearts

Oh that big cuddly heartbreaker! Don't you just want to hug him.

The election is over. No further need for vote buying by the junta. 

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

Besides the cash could be better spent elsewhere.

Can't for the life of me think where...…...hang on......I think I do know!

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

It was to cost the government 15 billion baht and it was reported that sourcing the money had proved difficult. 

Besides the cash could be better spent elsewhere.

A windfall for Rolex then.

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

It was to cost the government 15 billion baht and it was reported that sourcing the money had proved difficult. Besides the cash could be better spent elsewhere...

But word came down from on high - in the shape of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha that it was not a good use of budgets.

Because:

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1 hour ago, Cadbury said:

 

Oh that big cuddly heartbreaker! Don't you just want to hug him.

The election is over. No further need for vote buying by the junta. 

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Man ... that photo, makes your skin crawl. 🤮

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1 hour ago, jaiyen said:

Need the money to pay compensation for the Hopewell project. Make the poor people pay it !!

And their Chinese cousins stopped coming, so tourist money way down. So sad. Feel sorry for them. 😭

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