June 16, 2021

Prime Minister of Thailand calls on the country’s 20 richest people for help in dealing with the Covid-19 coronavirus


Prayut Chan-o-cha during his televised address on Friday April 17, 2020

LThai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appealed for help to the 20 richest people in Thailand, calling on them to join the government in overcoming the devastating economic crisis caused by the Covid-coronavirus pandemic. 19.

In a televised address on Friday evening, the prime minister said he had sent a letter to the 20 richest people in the country “to ask them how they can help our Thailand”.

According to him, billionaires in Thailand have a lot of influence on the economy and some are among the wealthiest in the world. He hopes they will play a key role in supporting the country when it needs help the most, “because I know the suffering of the Thai people is yours too.”

“I would like you all to pool your abilities, your wisdom, as well as your vision and your very effective organizations, to help overcome the crisis we are facing today,” said the Prime Minister.

He also added that from next week, he will meet with representatives of SMEs to hear their points of view, their problems and their needs and, above all, what they expect from the political authorities to show themselves more. effective.

While maintaining the state’s duty to support the Thai people in the face of the pandemic, the prime minister said he intends to expand aid through cooperation with the private sector.

The head of government also appealed to all political groups to put aside their differences and join in the fight against the pandemic.

He acknowledged that the government cannot fight the virus alone and that all sectors of Thai society must cooperate with it.

Among the richest Thais, Thaksin Shinawatra

On Saturday morning, the Kingdom officially reported 2,733 Covid-19 infections and 47 deaths. The economic shock due to commercial and tourist damage, as well as to traffic restrictions, is proving to be considerable.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce recently estimated that job losses could amount to 10 million if the pandemic were to continue in the coming months.

In the wake of the speech, the hashtag “#GouvernementDeMendiants” (#government begging) quickly spread to Twitter, with tens of thousands of tweets in just over an hour.

Mr Prayut did not mention the 20 richest people in the country he was referring to.

At the top of the magazine’s ranking of the richest Thais Forbes include the Chearavanont family, owner of the Charoen Pokphand group (CP), who made his fortune with animal feed, Chalerm Yoovidhya, co-owner of energy drink Red Bull, and Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, who controls Thai Beverage, the country’s leading brewer.

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is also on this list. He was ousted in a coup d’état in 2006 and has since been living in exile abroad in order to avoid a trial for corruption which he considers a political affair.

In 2014, former junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha overthrew Thaksin’s sister and then Prime Minister Yingluck in a coup before winning a controversial election last year. .