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Thailand’s Ministry of Defence has trimmed its budget for 2022, for the third consecutive year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that the government will have more funds available to control the disease and help the people affected by the outbreak, Defence Ministry Spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said yesterday (Monday).

 

The Defence Ministry’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year was cut by 18 billion baht, compared to the year before, and by another 17.2 billion baht in the 2021 fiscal year, said Lt Gen Kongcheep, adding, however, that budget cuts will not comprise the military’s readiness to defend the country.

 

Total public sector spending for 2022 has been set at 3.1 trillion baht, 5.66% less than in 2021.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailands-defence-budget-faces-cuts-for-third-year-in-a-row/

 

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I was going to say:-

Hoping the Chineese submersible water pipes have gone away!

 

But no, unlike the BiB they will not be introducing new uniforms.

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1 hour ago, Crossy said:

I bet those subs are still in there.

Absolutely! But soon they dont have money to buy casoline to those 😭. What is more nice than drive away in Gulf of Thailand whit shiny Sub!

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1 hour ago, candide said:

Well, there is also money to be made by letting people or things cross the border......

You surely cannot be serious, completely different, not just a few baht for crossing the border, but millions from kickback for subs. 

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10 hours ago, sungod said:

Not to mention the legions of conscripts at their houses cleaning cars, doing the garden etc etc etc .......

Bed warmers (for the general and the misses)?

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13 hours ago, worgeordie said:

From whom......

regards Worgeordie

The nasty Myanmar army that usurped the democratically elected Government.   ... Oh!

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5 hours ago, candide said:

Interesting how Taksin was squeezing the military. 

The blue line in change in GDP, would be more interesting to see military spending as a percentage of GDP in an annual bases.

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15 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The Defence Ministry’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year was cut by 18 billion baht, compared to the year before, and by another 17.2 billion baht in the 2021 fiscal year, said Lt Gen Kongcheep, adding, however, that budget cuts will not comprise the military’s readiness to defend the country.

From what enemy?

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3 hours ago, colinneil said:

You surely cannot be serious, completely different, not just a few baht for crossing the border, but millions from kickback for subs. 

 

Ah yes, but the subs are a one off. People trafficking is a cash cow that keeps on giving. It is far more democratic too as there are allegedly more people involved of differing socio/economic classes.

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Tragic is the only word that comes to mind.  With all the suffering associated with Covid, these gentlemen have had to suffer on in silence with their misery unrecognized.  There really is no justice.

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5 hours ago, colinneil said:

You surely cannot be serious, completely different, not just a few baht for crossing the border, but millions from kickback for subs. 

But that is just a one off. The border is there 24/7/365 and its a steady earner.

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21 hours ago, worgeordie said:

From whom......

regards Worgeordie

The Ladyboy Liberation Army of course. 

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21 hours ago, pixelaoffy said:

Fact is Thailands defense budget is to defend certain interests from its own population! The ONLY requirement

So true, but a major internal threat has recently been eliminated.

 

A entire battalion of the Angry Farang Freedom Brigade was captured last week in a sting operation offering unlimited 20฿ beer and free Pringle chips. 

 

The Thai military remained camouflaged, surrounding the AFFB soldiers until they were thoroughly sh*tfaced before moving in for the capture. Some confused AFFB troops attempted to elude capture by mixing with the locals , but their Chang singleton & flipflop uniforms betrayed them. 

 

A spokesman for the Thai military told reporters that he did not expect to defeat the wily Thai insurgents so easily though.

 

He opined that a more nuanced approach offering free lottery tickets and somtam may have to be employed to deal with the battle-hardened Thai dissidents. 

 

These are indeed troubled times for the Kingdom. 

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