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.