Budget Rethink?

Our dear cabinet recently approved a budget to buy 10 made-in-China tanks worth two billion baht while key members also seem keen on a plan proposed by the Royal Thai Navy to buy three submarines worth 36 billion baht. While I'm sure these dear sirs exercised their sound rationale before agreeing to such big purchases for the sake of Thailand's security, IMHO, with utmost respect, I would like to point out that there are other more beneficial ways the money could be used too.

Perhaps, the cabinet should consider buying one less submarine and spend the freed-up money fixing the following problems (while also keeping some extra change for business trips abroad). Sirs, if you take my humble advice, you'll win the approval of the people (in case you want to stay on indefinitely) and you'll immediately bring them happiness as you promised.

Despite Bangkok being hailed as the street food capital by CNN for the second year running, BMA has been launching crackdowns on all vendors. And hard. On Tuesday, BMA announced a plan to get rid of food vendors on Yaowarat and Khao San Road too by the end of this year. I can foresee what a big mess this plan could turn into as it'll jeopardise the livelihood (and an affordable hangout place) of so many. And despite how you personally feel about the street food culture, you can't deny that it's considered to be a real charm of the city by so many here.

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