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    what a dangerous windbag,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    what a dangerous windbag,
    Prayut or Landreth?

    The latter seems to be a slobbering admirer of the elitist hand-picked dictator.

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    Cabinet approves budget bill

    The cabinet yesterday approved the budget bill for the 2020 fiscal year and the formation of a 63-member special committee to vet it, said government deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek.

    Ms Ratchada said the cabinet had appointed the finance minister, the deputy finance minister and the finance permanent secretary to sit on the panel and would soon name the remaining 12 representatives from its allotted quota.

    According to Ms Ratchada, the 63-member budget bill examination panel will be made up of 15 representatives from the cabinet, 24 from from the opposition parties and another 24 from coalition parties.

    The cabinet's deliberation of the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for fiscal 2020 was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but it was moved up to yesterday to leave more time for the legislators to review it.

    The bill will be tabled before the House of Representatives for its first reading on Oct 17 which could take up to two or three days. The second and third readings are likely to take place in January.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the public not to focus too much on figures because the amounts will be subject to revision during House scrutiny of the bill.

    "The bill is a proposed spending plan which will be examined by the House. Changes, increments and cuts are up to the House committee," he said.

    House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said copies of the budget bill would be immediately sent to lawmakers so give them more time to study it.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...es-budget-bill
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    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday called on the public not to focus too much on figures because the amounts will be subject to revision during House scrutiny of the bill.
    Not to forget the 10% 'deductions' every time the allocated budgets are moved down or sideways along the chain.
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    Awaiting the arrival of the next coup.

    Whatever direction it will take.

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    what a frigging disgrace that country has become, not even has No.9 to make up for it

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    PM promises B2bn help for flood victims/Says that relief will not be 'siphoned off'


    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured flood victims of a multi-billion-baht financial assistance package and warned officials against attempts to siphon it off.

    "The government is allocating 2.09 billion baht to affected families," Gen Prayut said yesterday during the "Government Weekly" broadcast on the Thai Khu Fa Facebook page.

    The pledge was made as the premier led an entourage to Ubon Ratchathani's Muang district to inspect how officials are helping people recover from severe flooding, which also hit nearby Warin Chamrap district.

    "Residents must exercise their rights to the handouts," he said, adding the government will do its best to channel all the money, including donations, to people in need.

    Also yesterday, the Council of Engineers Thailand led 175 engineer volunteers to inspect houses damaged by the month-long heavy rain in Muang and Warin Chamrap.

    Their goal is to ensure that buildings are safe to live in as, according to council president Suchatvee Suwansawat, accidents often occur in the aftermath of floods when evacuees return to their homes.

    "We've found many structures badly need repair and reconstruction," Mr Suchatvee said yesterday, pointing to subsiding school and house buildings and severely damaged bridges.

    His team yesterday surveyed six communities and handed out guide books on how to check for damage.

    Mr Suchatvee said there are up to 14,000 households that need help, including technical support. The group managed to inspect 1,600 houses on Thursday.

    The Council of Engineers Thailand decided to join the government's flood rehabilitation efforts once water levels in the Moon River receded.

    The river runs through Muang and merges with the Chi River in Warin Chamrap before it flows into the Mekong River, which borders Thailand and Laos.

    Ubon Ratchathani is among 24 provinces in the North and Northeast hit by floods triggered by two storms -- Podul and Kajiki -- between late September and early October.

    Muang and Warin Chamrap also encountered powerful run-off from other provinces.

    The Council of Engineers Thailand has recommended long-term flood-prevention measures for Ubon Ratchathani.

    The province needs better equipment to measure water levels "in real time", Mr Suchatvee said.

    "The riverbank must be made higher than four metres, or equal a two-storey building, so it can contain more run-off," he said.

    Also, an underground tunnel should be built to link the Moon River with a kaem ling, or a water-retention area, Mr Suchatvee added.

    "We'll discuss these plans with the prime minister," he said.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-flood-victims

    Quote Originally Posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
    Awaiting the arrival of the next coup.
    You might want to get your embroidery needle out. Seems you don’t know much about Thai PM’s with military backgrounds and how long they last.

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    All about the good people.

    Of course.

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    • MPs prep for budget vote


    The government and opposition parties will have separate meetings on Tuesday as they gear up for Thursday's debate on the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for the fiscal year 2020.

    The vote on the budget bill will be a high-stakes battle between the Phalang Pracharath Party (PPRP)-led coalition government, which currently has 251 MPs, and the Pheu Thai-led opposition, which has 244 MPs.

    The government risks being forced to dissolve the House or step down if it loses the vote.

    Chief opposition whip and a Pheu Thai MP for Maha Sarakham, Suthin Khlangsaeng, said on Monday that the opposition whips will on Tuesday meet for talks with representatives of the Budget Bureau and state revenue collection agencies.

    The seven opposition parties were doing their homework to prioritise issues and about 90 speakers will be lined up for the debate, Mr Suthin said, adding that 60 of them will come from Pheu Thai.

    He said the opposition will receive about 20 hours for the debate and Pheu Thai will be given about 670 minutes in total while other parties will be allotted time depending on the number of MPs they have.

    Pheu Thai speakers will be given seven to eight minutes each as party leader Sompong Amornwiwat, who will be the first speaker, will speak for about 30 minutes, Mr Suthin said.

    Asked what Pheu Thai will do to prevent renegade MPs from voting in favour of the budget bill, Mr Suthin said the party has no measure to punish those "cobra" MPs, but it will be left to voters to do this.

    However, he said there are no renegade MPs within the party and all opposition MPs will toe the line.

    Future Forward Party spokesperson Pannika Wanich said the party will meet and conclude on Tuesday on the speakers.

    In another development, the leaders of two small parties which earlier withdrew from the coalition government and now call themselves "independent opposition" said they will on Wednesday ask House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to give them 5-10 minutes each to debate the bill.

    Mongkolkit Suksintaranont, leader of the Thai Civilised Party, said the move came after he and Pichet Sathirachawal, leader of the Prachatham Thai Party, requested their share of time for the budget grilling from both the seven-party opposition bloc and the coalition camp.

    However, the opposition bloc laid down a condition that the small parties must vote against the bill, while the coalition wants them to vote in favour as a condition, Mr Mongkolkit said while insisting that the small parties would have their own discretion in the vote.

    He said his questions in the debate will take aim at the budget allocation proposed by the Defence Ministry, saying he intends to curtail the military's arms procurement spending.

    Mr Mongkolkit said the armed forces should cut out middlemen and deal directly with manufacturers, which would help reduce commission fees by 30-40% and this would help the armed forces buy cheaper weapons.

    Suchart Chomklin, a PPRP member of parliament for Chon Buri, said that even though the government sits on a razor-thin majority in the House, he was confident that all coalition MPs will vote for the bill.

    Government whips will see to it that all government MPs attend the budget debate and are present when a vote is called, said Mr Suchart who is chief of the party MPs.

    He added that the so-called independent opposition parties should understand what will benefit the country and not oppose everything without good reasons.

    Ongart Klampaibul, deputy leader of the Democrat Party, said the Democrat MPs will on Tuesday meet to discuss preparations for the opposition's grilling on the budget bill.

    Mr Ongart said he believed the budget will pass the House despite the government's slim majority, adding that the bill is crucial for steering the country forward.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...or-budget-vote
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    High-speed train deal will be inked next week: PM


    Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (October 15) that the signing of the contract for the high-speed train project connecting 3 airports will take place next Friday (Oct. 25) as scheduled.

    “Both the Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob have confirmed that the signing will follow the timetable previously agreed with our private partners,” he said. “Meanwhile, the Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) will today review the contract draft before submitting it to State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to sign together with CP Consortium on October 25.”

    A source from EECO revealed that the office had previously consulted with CP Consortium, which is led by Charoen Pokphand Holdings (CPH), for the drafting of a contract addendum stating that SRT must deliver 4,429 rai for the construction to CPH in two installments. The first installment covers 3,814 rai or 86 per cent of total construction area, and is to be delivered within 15 months over the contract being signed – a deadline of January 2021. The remaining areas are to be delivered within 2 years and 3 months of the contract signing, with a deadline of January 2022. Should SRT fails to deliver as per the schedule, CPH will be eligible for compensation and have the right to exit the contract.

    According to the source, area delivery in construction contracts with private partners usually has a timeframe of 3-4 years, therefore the EECO may have to revise the contract addendum again to make sure that the timeframe is fair to SRT. Currently EECO and SRT are coordinating with Department of Provincial Administration to issue expropriation notices to owners of land along the project area, as well as contacting related departments to remove and/or adjust their infrastructure (such as power cables, electric poles) that may obstruct the construction, so that the area delivery can begin as soon as possible.

    Meanwhile, CP chief executive Suphachai Chearavanont confirmed that CP would sign the contract on October 25 as scheduled, but refused to disclose any information about the addendum. “The EECO will reveal the details of contract in due course,” he said.

    He also mentioned that CP Consortium will continue with the bidding for the U-Tapao airport development project despite the bidding committee earlier disqualifying the group due to late document submission. “We have already filed an appeal with the Supreme Administrative Court and are awaiting the court’s ruling,” said Suphachai.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377437
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