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.

TIME: Thaksin Steals the Spotlight

The article “Thailand’s Thaksin Steals the Spotlight Once Again” by Andrew Marshall on TIME web site quotes SIU’s opinion.

The article “Thailand’s Thaksin Steals the Spotlight Once Again” by Andrew Marshall on TIME web site quotes SIU’s opinion.

The article is about Thaksin’s role in his Japan visit which steals the news coverage from his sister, PM Yingluck. The author, Andrew Marshall, quotes the comment from SIU executive director, Kan Yuenyong.

Pre-eminence abroad could win over enemies at home. “Thaksin wants to prove his innocence to the Thai public by showing that he’s accepted by the international community,” says Kan Yuenyong, executive director of the Siam Intelligence Unit, a Bangkok think tank. For now, Thaksin’s long exile continues, albeit with VIP status. Expect him to make the most of it.

The Shinawatra Family Tree

Latest in-depth scoop by SIU team. The story behind “Shinawatra political family” back to the origin.

Latest in-depth scoop by SIU team. The story behind “Shinawatra political family” back to the origin.

Some excerpt:

With Yingluck elected as the first female PM, last Friday is not only a historical day in Thai politics. It is also a historical day for the Shinawatra family, since the clan now has three Prime Ministers (the second one is Somchai Wongsawat, who is the brother-in-law of Thaksin).

Having three PMs makes Shinawatra a prominent political family. It becomes an important family like Pramoj (ปราโมช), Vejjajiva (เวชชาชีวะ) or the former “Ratcha Khru Group” (กลุ่มราชครู – Choonhavan/Adireksarn/Thapparansi).

If we count only the number of PMs in the family, the Shinawatra surpasses the Pramoj brothers and are now tied with Nehru-Gandhi of India (though the level influence is debatable).

On the surface, Shinawatra is Thaksin-centric. It is very true that he is the leading (and sole) force to bring the family to power. But digging back deeper, Thaksin is not the first member in the family who entered into politics. The Shinawatra family has been involved with politics long before Thaksin, and accumulated “political experience” that Thaksin could utilize.

To understand Shinawatra family better, we need to look back from the start. Thaksin, Somchai and Yingluck is just the fourth generation of this overseas Chinese family.