Eight Years of Failure: Will We See Change in Bangkok?

For the past 8 years, the Democrat Party ruled Bangkok, a cross-political irony that has been playing out Bangkokians. In the city, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s, or BMA for short, response to the sluggish development of a financial Armageddon was to, and seen as illegal and unlawful, the extension of the BTS contract. This was a self-described as a breach of laws and abandoned transparency principles to save a nearly a decade worth of corporatized system.

Pongsapat Pongcharoen, a Bangkok Governor candidate, is seeking positive changes for the benefit of all. His target is the accountability of BMA’s conduct for the business community and residents. It is seem as a uphill election but one that Pongsapat is confident. The degree of changes in administration would boost the confidence of Bangkokians and more foreign investment.

There is also the concerns of local and foreign people, that is the flood. For the past 8 years, the Democrat-led BMA has repeatedly failed to control the floods which affects the daily lives of many voters and foreign investments. Instead of accessing its internal resources, in 2011-2012, Sukhumbhand had demanded the national government for funds for its anti-flood projects. Even with millions of Baht, Sukhumbhand had failed to reduced the impact of the floods, especially in 2011.

While Bangkokians should be reassured that their political and economic culture is broadly pro-enterprise and pro-market, Sukhumbhand’s agenda has been troubled by bickering within the Democrat Party and a growing economic culture that seems to profit only a selected few. But thanks to evidences of failures, the Democrat Party has failed to serve the interest of the city’s concerns and accountability.

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