Reuters: Thailand’s yellow shirts regroup, seek comeback

Reuters has a story on 17 June 2012 on the regroup of PAD. Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his comment for this article.

Reuters has a story on 17 June 2012 on the regroup of PAD. Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his comment for this article.

Even so, the yellow shirts may be forced to rekindle that relationship and get the Democrats’ supporters and their friends in big business behind another street campaign.

“The yellow shirts need the Democrat party,” said Kan of the Siam Intelligence Unit. “Otherwise they will not survive.”

A yellow shirt revival also raises the potential of conflict with a red-shirted pro-Thaksin movement that helped propel Yingluck to power.

Reuters: Thailand’s yellow shirts regroup, seek comeback

Reuters: Thai Flood and Yingluck Administration

An article on Reuters by Martin Petty and Jason Szep. It discusses on Thailand’s 2011 great flood and the political implication to PM Yingluck’s government.

28 October 2011 – Insight: Thai flood crisis puts swamped PM in firing line, a story on Reuters by Martin Petty and Jason Szep. It discusses on Thailand’s 2011 great flood and the political implication to PM Yingluck’s government.

The article also quotes Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, on the political impact to Yingluck’s administration:

The government’s Flood Relief Operations Center (FROC) hasn’t helped. One minister at the center, for instance, told residents in Bangkok’s fringe provinces to evacuate. Within hours, another insisted the situation was under control.

Thais have been told Bangkok would escape the floods. Now, they are told the capital could be swamped for a month. Many have given up listening.

“People now don’t trust the leadership of Yingluck and the government. They are hoarding food and water and now they are relying on social media for their information,” said Kan Yuanyong, director of Siam Intelligence Unit, a think-tank.

In recent appearances before reporters, Yingluck has looked exhausted, at times on the verge of tears with a tremor in her voice — in stark contrast to her seemingly boundless energy and confidence on the campaign trail.

The full article is available at Reuters. It is also translated into Thai by Manager.

Reuters: Thaksin Skype Cabinet Meeting

Reuters quote SIU’s opinion on Thaksin’s Skype session for Pheu Thai members.

23 Sep 2011 – Reuters quote SIU’s opinion on Thaksin’s Skype session.

Thaksin tried to organize regular Pheu Thai execs meeting via Skype every Monday to follow the cabinet tasks. The public see this as the ‘real cabinet meeting’ beside the Yingluck’s cabinet meeting every Tuesday.

Reuters has a quote from Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director:

No one will be surprised if Thaksin wants to influence policy, but he is still, in theory, on the run from a two-year jail sentence and his presence at the meeting is provocative.

“This is the government’s weak point that opposition sides will use to attack Thaksin and Puea Thai, but it won’t make the government collapse,” said political analyst Kan Yuenyong at Siam Intelligence Unit.

Full article at Rueters. This news piece is also republished on The Guardian.

SIU in Reuters: Thailand After Election

Reuters has a story on Thailand’s situation after the general election and quotes SIU Executive Director Kan Yuenyong’s opinion.

Reuters has a story on Thailand’s situation after the general election and quotes SIU Executive Director Kan Yuenyong’s opinion.

The vote is an unexpectedly strong rebuke to the traditional establishment of generals, old-money families and royal advisers who backed Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. It suggests broad support for policies championed by Thaksin, a divisive figure elected prime minister twice, in 2001 and 2005.

Supporters say Thaksin revolutionised Thai politics with pro-business reforms and populist policies aimed at eradicating poverty. Critics accuse him of authoritarianism, crony capitalism and of undermining Thailand’s revered monarchy.

“Puea Thai’s big victory eases tensions for now but Thailand is still vulnerable,” said Kan Yuanyong, director of the Siam Intelligence Unit, a consultancy. “They will wait for Puea Thai and Thaksin to slip up, then we’ll see them strike back.”

Kan predicted anti-Thaksin yellow-shirt protesters would once again flood the streets if Yingluck seeks an amnesty clearing her brother of corruption charges and bringing him back to Thailand from self-imposed exile in Dubai.

Full story at Reuters

 

Reuters: SIU on Thai Army and the Election

Reuters has a news story of 19 June 2011 on Thailand’s upcoming general election on 3 July 2011 and the role of Royal Thai Army to this election.

Reuters asked Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director for his opinion on the military movement:

Kan Yuenyong, an analyst at the Siam Intelligence Unit, said the stakes are high for the military, which faces a possible purge if Yingluck becomes premier and remains influenced by Thaksin, who may seek a military reshuffle in revenge for his ouster.

“A coup is the worst-case scenario but that can’t be ruled out if Thaksin regains power,” he said. “The military has learned from the past and knows Thaksin will want his revenge.”

The full story is available on Reuters site: Analysis: Thai army takes sides as divisive election nears

Reuters: SIU on General Election and Military

Reuters has a news story of 28 April 2010 on Thailand’s next general election and the relationship with the military side. The news story, entitle “As election looms, Thai generals go on offensive” also quotes Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, for his analysis on the army latest movement.

Reuters has a news story of 28 April 2011 on Thailand’s next general election and the relationship with the military side. The news story, entitle “As election looms, Thai generals go on offensive” also quotes Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, for his analysis on the army latest movement.

The Thai army has for decades made protecting the monarchy a priority, guaranteeing the military political influence.

“That balance of power between key institutions in Thailand is being threatened,” said Karn Yuenyong, director of Siam Intelligence Unit, an independent think tank.

“What we are seeing are reactions to that by all groups — those who want to maintain the status quo and those who are calling for reform of the institution (the monarchy).”

Ultra-nationalist “yellow shirts” and some influential conservatives fear pro-Thaksin forces could return to office, accelerating calls to reform the monarchy, and have urged a boycott of the poll. Some analysts say hawkish generals allied with nationalists could be trying to escalate the border conflict to scuttle the election.

“The border issue and sovereignty issue matter to a group of conservative elites in Thailand and this is one way the Thai army exerts its loyalty,” Karn added.

The full article is available on Reuters site.

Reuters: SIU on Thailand-Cambodia Dispute

Reuters has a story of “Thai, Cambodia troops clash again; peace hopes fade” which quotes Kan Yuenyong, SIU director, for his comment on the issue.

Part of the story:

Analysts also point to the Thai military’s desire for a continued stake in Thailand’s political apparatus and its intense dissatisfaction with opposition forces.

“Volatility at the border is an extension of volatility in Bangkok politics,” said Karn Yuenyong, director of the independent Siam Intelligence Unit think-tank.

“The army has nothing to lose in a border clash. They show their relevance and show who is wielding the power. The border and sovereignty issues matter to a group of conservative elites and this is one way the Thai army exerts its loyalty.”

Read the full story on Reuters web site.

Reuters: “Red Shirts Return After Six Months”

Red Shirts movement returns at Ratchaprasong for the 6-month anniversary of 19 May incident, which lost 91 people. Reuters quote SIU Director’s comment on this event:

Red Shirts movement returns at Ratchaprasong for the 6-month anniversary of 19 May incident, which lost 91 people. Reuters quote SIU Director’s comment on this event:

“There have been and will be short and sporadic protests like this for some time,” said Karn Yuenyong, director of independent think-tank Siam Intelligence Unit.

“They aim to energize the people and remind the government that the resentment is still there but it’s not about forcing an end game yet.”

Read the full article at Thai “red shirts” return to Bangkok’s streets by Ambika Ahuja. 19 Nov 2010.

Reuters: SIU’s Analysis of Red Siam movement

Reuters have a story on “Red Siam” republicanism movement in Thailand. Karn Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his opinion and analysis on this subject.

Reuters have a story on “Red Siam” republicanism movement in Thailand. Karn Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his opinion and analysis on this subject.

“Red Siam” adds revolutionary twist to Thai crisis

Reuters Quote SIU on Bangkok Re-election

Reuters has a news story about 25-July Bangkok bombing at Ratchaprasong area and Bangkok re-election on district 6.

Reuters has a news story about 25-July Bangkok bombing at Ratchaprasong area and Bangkok re-election on district 6.

Kan Yuenyong, SIU Director, gave his opinion which was published in Reuters story:

The ruling Democrats are likely to play the results up as a symbolic victory that shows Bangkok’s 15 million people generally back Abhisit’s tough measures, said Karn Yuenyong, director of the independent Siam Intelligence Unit.