When Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, penned an open letter to the wealthiest people in the country, it was clear what was written between the lines.
While the letter stated that he was not asking for financial help, with the Thai Government struggling to pay citizens the promised 5,000 baht cash handout and keep the economy afloat, that’s exactly what he wanted.
However, of the people who responded to his letter, not a single one offered anything in the form of financial aid.
Instead, the Prime Minister stated that he received responses from some of the wealthy people targeted and he was promised they would take care of their own employees by keeping as many on the payroll as possible.
Prayut also said that some of them offered advice on the economy and expressed concern regarding the current water management situation.
The public exercise of writing the open letter has come to nothing and begs the question – was this just a very poor publicity stunt or did the PM actually think private individuals would provide funds to the government?
Prayut publically thanked the super-wealthy for their input and said that none of them asked for anything in return.
Source: Thai PBS World