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Authors Ukrist Pathmanand and Duncan McCargo provide a perfectly
timed and well written book that concisely and directly presents the facts. The authors immediately note this isn't a political biography of Thaksin Shinawatra. There is a lot of information in this book about his background, businesses, and political life.
The "Thaksinization of Thailand" focuses on 5 elements:
1. Telecommunications business.
2. Thai Rak Thai political party.
3. Thaksin's use of language and media.
4. The re-politicization of the military.
5. Creation of the new political economy.
Many details are noted and sourced. Prominent, is the Shin Company, which earned enormous profits and attained major growth after the passing of the Telecommunications Services Act. This Act restricted foreign ownership to 25% which aided Shin, while simultaneously squeezing Shin's competitors. In the Thai telecom business and South East Asia in general, there is a "love-hate" relationship with foreign capital. Wanting to curtail it, despising it, while at the same time critically dependent upon it. Playing it both ways, is an old and contemporary form of split personalities, and old style
I'm curious that this book origins of Shinawatra's rise to power in the telecom business didn't include his biggest move: Thanksin's joint venture with American William L. Monson in the 1980s. Thaksin violated the agreement, stole Monson's equipment, had police raid his office, and arrest his manager and staff and file criminal charges (which were later dropped because they were a farce). Another trial date is set for September of 2006 relating to this.Read more ›
This book is Pro-Thaksin. The writer never mentions that Thaksin has got the telecommunication concession from the Coup Government. He is just the greedy businessman who sees Thailand country as his business company. The writer never mentions about the Human Right regarding his regime War on Drug. The writer never mentions about the corruptions and his cabinet has changed the law for the advantages for his company. Rubbish!
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