Friday 4 July 2014

The Faked Rice Subsidy Scheme Scandal

Very quick post but my eyes were drawn to a piece today in the Bangkok Post regarding the Thai military junta's investigation into the storage of rice which were part of the Pheu Thai Party's "rice subsidy" programme. The piece, entitled "Officials surveyors in the line of fire" ostensibly focuses on the junta's threats to sack anyone connected to the rice subsidy scheme who may have shown incompetence or some other untoward behaviour.

But what really caught my eye was this bit at the bottom of the piece....

If we total the rice amounts at the Ayutthaya, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Nakhon Ratchasima warehouses it equals just over 226,000 tonnes of rice. If we speculate, as a minimum amount, the number of tonnes of rice at Kamphaeng Phet was 9000 then the total inspected equals 235,000 tonnes.

The amount missing is 22tonnes. As a percentage of 235,000 tonnes 22tonnes is 0.009%.

Or, in other words, an amount so tiny as to be almost insignificant.

And it is for that 0.009% the junta staged their coup and the PDRC terrorised Bangkok?

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