Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Abhisit, Sukhumbhand engage in a Cold War

Their rift hasn't come into the open. But M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the Bangkok governor, has been less reluctant to take PM Abhisit Vejjajiva to task on a number of issues.

His latest statement to he Bangkok Post published today: "The prime minister has so much work hat he may have forgotten the BMA exists."

Earlier last month, he criticized he government's handling of economic and security matters.

Then, the Bangkok governor dismissed his secretary, Jivavej Vejjajiva, one of PM's cousins, on grounds that they couldn't work together anymore

Jivavej hen complained that the boss had not given him any meaningful assignment.

M.R. Sukhumbhand hs complained that the government has failed to support his proposal to extnd the Geen Line electric railway network.

Thw governor has also said the government has delayed the funding of 40% of Bangkok's Bt6.7 billion fire truck procurent project.

Interestingly enough, though, Abhisit has kept quiet.Sukhumbhand has not targetted the PM for any direct criticism, at least in public.

So, it's a Cold War that the PM and Governor, both staunch Democrats, are quietly engaged in.

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