Suthep tops Asia Society poll

The Asia Society has named Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban as its Person of the Year for 2013.

"Thai politician Suthep Thaugsuban dominated our year-end reader poll for Asia's Person of the Year 2013 -- in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion," the US-based group said on its website.

Mr Suthep finished ahead of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whose fight for education rights nearly cost her her life at the hands of Taliban thugs. He earned 116,000 votes, or nearly 88% of the total.

The online reader poll is not scientific and the society even acknowledged that ballot-stuffing is possible.

"During the first two days of the year, our poll page received more than 172,000 page views," it said. "Nearly 165,000 of those visits originated in Thailand. Most of the traffic came from Facebook and a handful of Thai message boards. At one point, [Suthep] had around 97% of the total vote."

Campaigning to uproot the influence of Thaksin Shinawatra, his family and associates from Thai politics, Mr Suthep has massed some of the largest demonstrations ever seen in Bangkok, prompting the dissolution of parliament and a snap election on Feb 2.

Suthep has called for a "Bangkok shutdown" campaign starting on Monday to force caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to pave the way for his political reform agenda.

The Asia Society is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to educating the world about Asia.

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Discussion 1 : 12/01/2014 at 10:13 PM
When and where you saw millions. He not have so much money to pay all??
Discussion 2 : 12/01/2014 at 10:07 PM
You are wrong is only there where never more then 10000 in most protestors. You need to learn to count.
Discussion 3 : 12/01/2014 at 12:37 PM
@snje Trust me, I'm not trying to be snarky. But what reliable sources? So far, I can't believe anything!
Discussion 4 : 12/01/2014 at 11:50 AM
The fruit of a selfconsumed society.
Discussion 5 : 12/01/2014 at 11:16 AM
As soon as somebody mentions "the man in Dubai" "Dubai ghosts" or such they instantly tag themselves as dim. Why would you do that? People are entitled to different views and indeed at an intellectual level the tide is overwhelmingly anti-Suthep. Nobody here is "paid by the man in Dubai". It's insulting and it does your arguments no favors to suggest so.
Discussion 6 : 12/01/2014 at 10:15 AM
50 million against 1m ????
Discussion 7 : 12/01/2014 at 10:14 AM
What does that mean?
Discussion 8 : 12/01/2014 at 09:09 AM
In those modern times of Y-Generation it appears to hold true more than ever that bad publicity is better than no publicity. Being modest and humble appear to be attributes that seem to be of no value anymore. Not even in a Buddhist society. Any words of wisdom get overwhelmed by noice and anger and hence go unheard. Is that really considered to be progress by society nowadays?
Discussion 9 : 12/01/2014 at 09:07 AM
I guess he would just have to create a bunch of unsustainable programs that waste billions of baht and not actually help the poor while at the same time destroy their life blood .Then create a hate program where everyone uses a color to identify themselves that would become infamous for violence . Hide abroad from corruption charges and divide society then he could win an election .
Discussion 10 : 12/01/2014 at 06:04 AM
Talk About Vote Buying......
Discussion 11 : 12/01/2014 at 05:38 AM
Very interesting. Especially the informations you added about the Asia Society's explanations how the poll was conducted and what's then happened. Suthep was named "man of the year" due to the polls of…. its supporters ! Well, after all it is quite revealing of the way they seeing how someone has to be elected…
Discussion 12 : 12/01/2014 at 05:23 AM
Nelson Mandela turns in his grave as we speak.
Discussion 13 : 12/01/2014 at 04:32 AM
Where did you see this 5 millions and why did you not see the not so peaceful protesters?
Discussion 14 : 12/01/2014 at 04:08 AM
Its a shame that Mr. Suthep "Asia Society" Thaugsuban can't win an election in Thailand! lolol!
Discussion 15 : 12/01/2014 at 02:47 AM
But T. Shinawatra just live a very luxury life in Arabia and give his orders to his (mostly poverty plagued) supporters and to the government of the kingdom via skype and so... Suthep walking the streets of Bangkok in front of the protesters!
Discussion 16 : 12/01/2014 at 02:23 AM
Surely you mean leading 200,000 aggressive and provocative protesters.
Discussion 17 : 12/01/2014 at 02:22 AM
Person of the year for 2013 ?...............If he does manage to overthrow the government, which is remotely possible. And if he is allowed to instill his ideas, I guarantee within 6 months he will be the most hated dictator of the year.
Discussion 18 : 12/01/2014 at 02:16 AM
Think, you're quite wrong about foreigners should have any form of symphaty for Suthep, We've seen that kind of undemocratic mad men in Europe before, and those never have any usefull answers on problems of today. Always, always they'll be looking for scapegoats to justifice their - often despicable acts, when they've been given power.
Discussion 19 : 12/01/2014 at 01:54 AM
According to reliable sources, Suthep causes more deaths. - You really think now , he deserves hero status?
Discussion 20 : 12/01/2014 at 01:44 AM
"the society even acknowledged that ballot-stuffing is possible." "more than 172,000 page views," it said. "Nearly 165,000 of those visits originated in Thailand." That tells the real story.
Discussion 21 : 12/01/2014 at 01:20 AM
I wish you were my boss and paying my salary using your incredible calculation methods. Lets for argument sake say there are 5 million... thats 11 million less than voted for PT last time around. Even with your calculator you can't make 5 million to be more than 16 million.
Discussion 22 : 12/01/2014 at 01:08 AM
@Dikyydoo, one of them has charges against him which can cost him 2 or 3 years of jail (for financial embezzlements). The other one has at least 40 charges (including crimes) against him which can cost him the death penalty... We cannot place them on the same level.
Discussion 23 : 12/01/2014 at 12:38 AM
Leading over 5 millions protesters peacefully for over 3 months, he deserves to be the Man of the Year!
Discussion 24 : 12/01/2014 at 12:33 AM
Thaksin should have join Suthep as Person of the Year, after all both are the most corrupted, greedy politicians who can move the most people.
Discussion 25 : 12/01/2014 at 12:21 AM
The article was much about how this happened and I am sure they will be seeking ways to prevent such a thing happening again. Many would do well to look at his background and corruption, cronism (he too has many family members involved in poltics). At least the article does not paint him in a good light.
Discussion 26 : 12/01/2014 at 12:17 AM
Truth is, he is a hero, and why, because he is doing what should be done all over the world by many nations, if you don't think so, well wake up and smell the roses, because the government is meant to serve the people, not themselves.
Discussion 27 : 11/01/2014 at 11:55 PM
when you except the 500 bath to travel to Bangkok you probably have to vote too ..
Discussion 28 : 11/01/2014 at 11:26 PM
The Asia Society did not choose Suthep – it was an online reader poll conducted via their website. Follow the link provided in this article at Bangkok Post to view the comments made by Asia Society concerning the outcome of this years Person of the Year Poll. I found the Asia Society article about Suthep quite enlightening.
Discussion 29 : 11/01/2014 at 10:22 PM
The lesser of two evils, on one hand you have the fugitive in Dubai, then on the other hand you have the other, who plans to bring the Capital to a standstill,and What next?. Both have there fortunes,so will they care for the people of Thailand if either of them lose? NO.Things are going to get a lot worse, before they get better.
Discussion 30 : 11/01/2014 at 10:01 PM
Those Dubai ghosts are going to be busy on this story!
Discussion 31 : 11/01/2014 at 09:52 PM
Your comment made them furious, the Red cavalry is coming !!!!!
Discussion 32 : 11/01/2014 at 09:47 PM
"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God" - Benjamin Franklin. Suthep is indeed obedient.
Discussion 33 : 11/01/2014 at 09:33 PM
There were not millions of people - it was physically impossible to put that number in the space they were supposed to occupy. There were hundreds of thousands.
Discussion 34 : 11/01/2014 at 09:30 PM
As the Asia Society itself noted, the poll was unscientific and ballot stuffing was possible. One thing is clear though, the anti-Suthep faction didn't know about this poll, or you can be sure they would have attempted to prevent such a landslide result in favor of Suthep.
Discussion 35 : 11/01/2014 at 09:29 PM
Not to mention at least another 50 red ghost writers on TV forum....
Discussion 36 : 11/01/2014 at 09:26 PM
Seem the foreigners do have an affection for Suterp. Just hope he has the same sentiment for them since he had always spoke badly about foreigners in local politics and his partner PAD is ultra right and have a disdain for foreigners too.
Discussion 37 : 11/01/2014 at 09:23 PM
For good or bad he would be remembered
Discussion 38 : 11/01/2014 at 09:19 PM
Why the hates? A return to true democracy starts post ballot box. I applaud your comment. Seems like you must be educated.
Discussion 39 : 11/01/2014 at 09:13 PM
The great fugitive will be absolutely furious! Sure he will hire another ten agencies like Amsterdam for propaganda and disinformation…Plus another 50 red ghost writers on BP to post anti protester messages and tampering with the likes & dislikes…LOL
Discussion 40 : 11/01/2014 at 09:04 PM
Like him or hate him, he will be remembered as Thailand's Nelson Mandela. I can just imagine the hates to this comment.
Discussion 41 : 11/01/2014 at 09:03 PM
He will be known as a Thai-ZERO man - he WASTE the countries money by the BILLIONS and you still go on empowering Thaksin who WILL be around until he expire - then will be in the Thai HISTORY books as the hero of the North + North-east PERIOD!!!!
Discussion 42 : 11/01/2014 at 08:58 PM
TRUE Democracy coming to Thailand and not bought or paid for. Recognized by the rest of the World!!
Discussion 43 : 11/01/2014 at 08:56 PM
He is the hero of our time, only 8 or 9 mps resigned from their post to fight for reform befor an election. It is logically way to improve our democracy, otherwise, history will keeps repeating itself. The current government resists to resign from the take care status without any concern what is going to happen next. They are self center bunch of crooks that will hold on to their power at all cost. Yingluch doesn't care about people. If she resign from the takecare position, she will be well remember on the plus side. On the other hand, if she keeps this takecare pm post, I am afraid that she might have no place to live in Thailand.
Discussion 44 : 11/01/2014 at 08:51 PM
Unfortunately, Thaksin's name will never be forgotten in Thailand's history ! Too much damage and hatred caused by one single guy...
Discussion 45 : 11/01/2014 at 08:23 PM
Like him or dislike him, it doesn't matter.... But we have to take consideration for a man who can lead millions people in the streets of Bangkok. Lead to the best, lead to the worst...??? Nobody knows, but this fact has to be considered....
Discussion 46 : 11/01/2014 at 07:32 PM
In years to come this man will be seen as a Thai hero - long after Thaksin's name is forgotten.
Discussion 47 : 11/01/2014 at 07:32 PM
Keep up with good work Mr Suthep. Keep the fugitive in Dubai and all his clans at bay. All got to go.

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