Yingluck pressed to reveal rice figures

Democrat Party secretary-general Juti Krairiksh on Wednesday challenged caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to reveal official figures in the rice-pledging scheme before she proceeds with a more much difficult task ― pushing for her newly-proposed "National Reform Council".

In an open letter to Ms Yingluck, Mr Juti demanded she reveal the profit and loss accounts of the rice-pledging scheme as well as official rice stock figures and packed rice for retail sales, saying taxpayers have the right to know.

He also wanted her to announce the actual rice export figures and accused the Yingluck-led administration of being Thailand’s first government to cover up the records. He said it was the reason the country was losing its rice-exporting leadership of 39 years. 

Mr Juti said the public had seen Ms Yingluck’s insincerity and her lack of credibility in the past two years in office. She had promised not to push for an amnesty bill nor work for her brother Thaksin, while she also pledged to curb the cost of living and suppress corruption, but failed to keep her promises.    

If Ms Yingluck wanted the people to believe her or wanted another chance from them, he said, the caretaker premier must prove her sincerity by doing something easy that is within her power to decide. Responding to the demands would be Ms Yingluck’s first step in reforming the country and creating good governance, he added.  

“This is the easiest thing for the [caretaker] premier to do. The reform issue is so much more difficult. If [you] can’t do such an easy thing, or won’t do it, then you cannot do difficult tasks,” Mr Juti said.

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Discussion 1 : 26/12/2013 at 04:07 PM
Ricefield, You may wish to argue numbers. But the point you all miss is this. Most other countries do not have overpriced produce rotting away in storage. At least , the money involved elsewhere goes through the system, once again your overpriced rice is rotting away, or being given away without transparent accounting. So having lost all that money, what better could have been done with it. And this happening now, today not 20 or 30 years agao
Discussion 2 : 26/12/2013 at 09:53 AM
2013/14 harvest season, Rice subsidy - 270 billion baht ($8.5 billion), Rubber Subsidy - 5.62 billion baht ($176 million) plus 1,260 baht ($40) per rai of rubber plantation. Rice has to be planted per year, rubber trees, provided for free, are replanted on a 20 year cycle and rubber is worth more.
Discussion 3 : 26/12/2013 at 08:54 AM
Perhaps, ggh, it's because ALL Thai people benefit from an energy subsidy, not a small portion of the population. Divide the cost of energy subsidies by the entire population and then divide the rice scam losses by a few million at most rice farmers(I've seen estimates as low as 750,000 fmailies still depend on rice farming as their sole source of income). And the two year program to date has estimates as high as 800 billion baht lost. The energy subsidy is nowhere near that.
Discussion 4 : 26/12/2013 at 04:59 AM
There are other subsidies, such as energy, that are a huge drain on State recourses (approx. 195 bil per year). This is roughly the same as loss incurred with the rice scheme per crop year according to World Bank economists (source BP article 14 Nov). So why the politicizing of the rice program but no others? Some are bold enough to say these other programs are run transparently without corruption. I say it is the beneficiary of the program that determines scrutiny of the programs! I've always understood that corruption is in all government programs and at all levels, in Thailand.
Discussion 5 : 26/12/2013 at 04:11 AM
If the PT Gov have to vacate the premises rest assured, the shredder will be in overdrive. Not a glimpe for the human eye !
Discussion 6 : 26/12/2013 at 03:36 AM
"ricefield" its interesting seeing the figures for US rice and corn subsidies. I'd imagine that's possible because they publish the figures.
Discussion 7 : 26/12/2013 at 03:26 AM
Yep, they 'concentrate', very much so actually, getting out and on this site again and again, putting truckloads of 'like' or 'dislike', on mostly well selected items they can, falsely IMO, pretend about, and I can't understand nor believe the webmaster and his team are not aware of this, recent, situation, nor why they don't do a-ny-thing about this obvious abuse of the stringent rules they impose on the vast majority of bona fide posters here (N.B. I think 'they' have started to 'invade' the TV forum too in recent days, the TS propaganda disease is obviously spreading, in English too, beware...)!
Discussion 8 : 26/12/2013 at 12:44 AM
These figures and reform that would end the culture of secrecy is something that the protesters should be pushing for - there is no excuse for government / official secrecy on this matter. Nor, indeed, is there much justification at all for the pervasive secrecy that surrounds too many things in Thailand. Since the veil of ignorance that censorship enforces is a necessary part of the traditional Thai culture of corruption, way before anyone had heard of any Shinawatr, we can understand why so many spout lame excuses like "national security" and "national interest" to justify their cloak of silence. Such excuses should normally be illegal.
Discussion 9 : 26/12/2013 at 12:31 AM
This is not a rice subsidy program. It is guaranteeing to buy the rice at overpriced rates and then being unable to sell it, hence rotten stocks, waste of tax-payers' money, a program rife with corruption as the biggest winners are not the farmers but rather "middle men".
Discussion 10 : 26/12/2013 at 12:31 AM
As typical, reds want to divert attention away from the Thai rice scam. Comparing the rice scam to the US subsidies is like comparing, well, there is no comparison. Those subsidies are not even a drop in the bucket to the GDP. Not the same in Thailand.
Discussion 11 : 26/12/2013 at 12:13 AM
Farm subsidies are common practices in many countries. Would Mr. Juti care to summarize the subsidies committed to rubber and palm farmers also? Or is this just more political showmanship from the party that has nothing positive to say about anything other than illegal protests?
Discussion 12 : 25/12/2013 at 11:48 PM
Obviously this won't happen. It is impossible to defend the indefensable. Even the staunchist Thaksinites don't comment on the rice scam anymore.
Discussion 13 : 25/12/2013 at 11:37 PM
US rice subsidies to farmers in 2012 - $38,574,278 USD - US corn subsidies to farmers in 2012 - 2,702,462,268 USD - Thailand is not the only one with farm subsidies and sure not at the top of the list of spenders on it.
Discussion 14 : 25/12/2013 at 09:52 PM
From what I understand it would be difficult to show the profit/loss figures as it is all LOSS.
Discussion 15 : 25/12/2013 at 09:29 PM
She has been put into this position for only one purpose that is to bring the Fugitive Thaksin back from Dubai through Amnesty
Discussion 16 : 25/12/2013 at 09:24 PM
No forgetting the temple and ignoring the world court judgment, asking UN and others for advice on how to solve problems in the south and totally ignoring because it did not fit into their agenda, what ever that is.The list goes on and on.
Discussion 17 : 25/12/2013 at 09:24 PM
Which country in this world is comfortably buying rice from Thailand where they know that this shinawatra prime minister will not reveal the profit and loss to the public?
Discussion 18 : 25/12/2013 at 08:25 PM
As a supposed champion of transparency and wiping out corruption this would be an excellent start for the PM. This is one major issue swirling about the PTP, and the country, and revealing the actual figures, be they good or bad, would go a long way in restoring a small amount of credibility to the PTP, not a lot, but some. After that there is the Water Management (?) scheme and whatever happened to the One Tablet, One Student program. The people have a right to know how there money is being managed, or mis-managed and these issues are not National Security issues as is so often stated.

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