Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yingluck Shinawatra Loses Job

Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday sacked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (left) after she was found guilty of abuse of power. 

But while I applaud this decision, it isn’t going to help Thailand in any way because the way things are, it will only deepen the country’s political turmoil. 

Yingluck has always been seen to be her brother’s proxy. And as long as the powerful and populist Thaksin (left) – who shamelessly abused democracy to accumulate wealth and power for himself and his family – is not brought to justice, the country will continue to see unrest. 

The problem is compounded by the fact that Thaksin’s political enemies are hesitating to hold general elections in the near future because they know they cannot defeat him. 

This is a lesson about leadership and power. Haven’t we heard the line "Power corrupts" (Or the longer version, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely")? 

This situation is not unique to Thailand – but across Asia and even in other parts of the world politicians hold onto leadership and power to build fortunes for themselves and at the same time, indulge in excesses that are often at the ordinary folks’ expense. 

Don’t expect the Red Shirts to sit quietly. Thailand must brace itself for another implosion. 

On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the second meeting organized by the newly-chartered Service Rocket Toastmasters Club. This was clearly a very enthusiastic gathering of people and I had enjoyed the meeting very much. I was a speaker – an Advanced speech from the Specialty Speeches manual – as well as the General Evaluator for this meeting. I would give this meeting a score of 7 over 10. 

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