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Neuer Bangkok Governor

Erstellt von x-pat, 29.08.2004, 15:32 Uhr · 7 Antworten · 568 Aufrufe

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    Neuer Bangkok Governor

    Heute vor zwei Stunden sind die Wahllokale in Bangkok geschlossen worden. Nach den ersten Hochzählungen sieht es so aus: (1) Apirak, (2) Paweena, (3) Chuwit, (4) Chalerm. Zur Zeit führt also Khun Apirak von der Democrat Party, und nicht wie in demographischen Umfragen vor einigen Wochen noch Khun Paweena. Sollte Apirak die Wahl gewinnen wäre das in der Tat ein Denkzettel für Thaksin, denn seitdem Thaksin politische Unterstützung für Khun Paweena angekündigt hatte, ist ihre Beliebtheit scheinbar stark gesunken. Eine demokratische Regierung würde sicherlich einen neuen Wind in Bangkok´s Amtsstuben wehen lassen. Wie auch immer die Wahl ausgehen wird - es ist in jedem Fall ein Gewinn für die Einwohner Bangkok´s. Denn mit der Abwahl des vorherigen Governor´s Khun Samak geht eine Ära zuende, die der Stadt eine neue Welle von Umweltverschmutzung, Korruption, und städtischen Problemen gebracht hat.

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    woody
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    Da kann man nur hoffen, dass das Signal auch im Isaan und in Chiang Mai vernommen wird .

    Der Süden ist ja schon lange traditionell demokratisch und nicht so anfällig für die Bauernfänger.

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    Re: Neuer Bangkok Governor

    Das Dorf meiner Frau im Isaan nimmt die Wahlfangmittel aus dem aufgelegten Fond jedenfalls nicht in Anspruch.

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    Chak2
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    Das klingt ja wirklich gut.
    Bemerkenswert ist aber auch Chuwit auf dem dritten Platz. Der hätte wenigstens wirklich gewusst, wer die korrupten in der Stadtverwaltung und vor allem Polizei sind. ;-D

    Hier ist die Website zur Wahl der Stadtverwaltung von Bangkok.

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    Das Volk hat gesprochen. Apirak Kosayodhin ist neuer Bangkok Governor. In der heissen Phase des Wahlkampfes hatte die Thai Rak Thai Party zwar alles versucht um die Wahl des Demokraten zu verhindern, jedoch vergeblich. TRT´s Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan hatte in der letzten Woche eine Reihe dringender Sitzungen mit den MPs aus Bangkok, in denen sie ihren Parteimitgliedern klargemacht hatte das wenn Apirak in ihrem Bezirk gewinnen würde, die MPs mit "erhebliche Probleme bekommen werden." Jedoch solche starken Worte blieben letztlich nur das - Worte. Thaksin selbst unterbrach seine Wahlkampftournee im Süden Thailands um nach Bangkok zu kommen. In einem kurzen offiziellen Statement gratulierte er dem neuen Governeur und kündigte an das er zur Zusammenarbeit mit Apirak bereit ist. Die Frage ob Apirak zur Zusammenarbeit mit Thaksin bereit ist bleibt offen.

    X-Pat

    Aus der heutigen Ausgabe der NATION:

    Apirak In A Landslide!

    Democrat Party candidate Apirak Kosayodhin was set to score a resounding victory in the Bangkok governor election yesterday, beating Pavena Hongsakul in a contest perceived by many as a barometer of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra´s popularity in the capital.

    Apirak was leading comfortably in official tallies in the majority of districts after 80 per cent of votes were counted, leaving Pavena, who ran as an independent candidate but received tacit backing from the Thai Rak Thai party, lagging far behind in second place.

    At press time, Apirak had received 742,000 votes, or 40.6 per cent, of the total cast, while Pavena had garnered 487,000 votes, or 26.6 per cent.

    Massage-parlour king Chuwit Kamolvisit was coming third with 269,000 votes, or 14.7 per cent, and veteran politician Chalerm Yoo-bamrung was next with 135,000 votes, or 7.3 per cent.

    Columnist Nitipoom Naowarat was the fifth most popular candidate, gaining 110,000 votes, or 6 per cent, followed by former governor Bhichit Rattakul, who received 82,000 votes, or 4.4 per cent.

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported that the voter turnout was 62 per cent, which translates into 2.4 million out of 3.9 million eligible voters.

    "I thank all those who turned out to exercise their voting power, no matter who they cast ballots for," Apirak said as the unfinished count indicated that victory belonged to him.

    He said he would place solving the capital´s traffic problems at the top of his agenda and fully cooperate with the government on the issue.

    Thaksin congratulated Apirak, saying the government would support the newly elected Democrat in running the city.

    He then added a cautionary word of warning, mentioning that a lack of cooperation from the new governor would result in major problems.

    The prime minister also denied that the Democrats´ triumph would shake his party´s voter bases in Bangkok ahead of the upcoming general election.

    Pavena´s defeat after receiving Thaksin´s tacit blessing has been interpreted as a humiliation for his party by those who saw it as representing his failed attempt to ward off a Democrat victory.

    In a last bid to round up support, Thaksin toured Bangkok´s polluted canals on Saturday, just one day before the election, to underscore his government´s plans to ease pollution and traffic congestion in the city.

    The links between Pavena and the party were confirmed by certain members of her team, who function in both camps and were hoping to become deputy city governors.

    Thawatchai Sajjakul is a former Thai Rak Thai MP, while police spokesman Pongsaphat Pongcha-roen was recently appointed by Thaksin to take charge of the capital´s traffic operations.

    Several Bangkok TRT MPs also joined Pavena on campaign strolls throughout the week.

    Leading Bangkok TRT members expressed concern earlier about the government´s subtle championing of Pavena, saying the party had inadvertently damaged its own image.

    It promoted the public belief that Thaksin was on a single-minded mission to obtain absolute power on all political fronts, they said.

    Their statements that this was not conducive to winning over Bangkok´s voters appeared to fall on deaf ears.

    As Apirak was poised to assume the helm, rivals Chalerm and Chuwit voiced a common view of the underlying significance of yesterday´s results.

    "Bangkokians are fed up with Thai Rak Thai," Chalerm said.

    He believed many voters had been alienated from his campaign after some TRT local councillors had assisted him in the run-up to the election.

    Chuwit said many voters may have defected to Apirak´s side out of sympathy after Thaksin began promulgating his support for Pavena.

    "They felt Thaksin should have remained neutral rather than taking sides," Chuwit said.

    He believed the prime minister had a limited understanding of the people of Bangkok.

    In a display of good sportsmanship, Pavena held a press conference after the ballot boxes were closed at 3pm during which she congratulated Apirak on his success.

    She later switched her public stance from gracefully accepting defeat to focussing on the slim possibility that media surveys had miscalculated Apirak´s win.

    Holding out hope that she still had a chance of taking Bangkok´s top post, Pavena said she would wait for the official result before making further comments.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/

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    Und noch ein Fundstück aus der Nation:

    Um die politischen Slogans der verschiedenen Parteien einer breiten öffentlichkeit bekannt zu machen, sind unglaublich lärmende Kleintransporter mit Lautsprecheranlagen bestens geeignet. Es besteht kein Zweifel das diese Fahrzeuge, die kurz vor der Wahl Bangkok's Strassen herauf- und herunterknattern, die Vertrauenswürdigkeit des jeweiligen Kandidaten deutlich erhöhen.

    So hörte man kürzlich einen Kandidaten im Inneren dieser unglaublich lärmenden Fahrzeuge verkünden:

    "Wenn ich Governeur werde, verspreche ich das Verkehrsproblem Bangkoks durch die Reduzierung von unnötigen Fahrzeugen auf Bangkok's Strassen zu lösen."

    (Translation X-Pat)

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    waanjai
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    .... und es wäre doch schön, wenn auch in Deutschland Politiker, die in Wahlen zwar nicht gewonnen haben aber zumindest Achtungserfolge realisieren konnten, sich ebenfalls entschießen würden, in ihren Wahlkreisen gemeinnützige Stiftungen auf Premium-Gründstücken bauen zu lassen. :-)

    "Chuwit to construct Bt500m thank you
    Published on Aug 31, 2004

    Chuwit Kamolvisit, who finished third in Sunday’s Bangkok gubernatorial race, yesterday vowed to pay Bangkok voters a hefty tribute for their support: a showcase development he had promised to build if he became governor.

    The massageparlour tycoon said he was so grateful and overwhelmed by the 334,168 votes he garnered that he would spend Bt500 million turning his controversial Sukhumvit Soi 10 land plot into a charitable project dubbed “The Spirit of Bangkok”.

    “I will keep my promise, although I am not governor,” he said, adding that the votes he received were a victory for a common man like him.

    Chuwit said the project on the primelocation sixrai plot would boast a gallery, library, youth club, shelter for abused children and public park.

    The plot was at the centre of high drama last year when an earlymorning raid resulted in the levelling of a strip of beer bars and shops on the land.

    It led to Chuwit being arrested last May for allegedly masterminding the demolition and fuelled national debate and intrigue, his public profile rising after he claimed he regularly paid massive bribes to police.

    Chuwit denies, however, that he masterminded the raid.

    The plot is the last available land plot in the downtown Sukhumvit area and at least two leading realestate developers have offered to buy it for Bt1.2 billion, he said.

    He added that he would scrap his previous Bt3billion development project on the land to give way to “The Spirit of Bangkok”, despite having already spent Bt25 million on the previous project’s design.

    Earlier this year, Chuwit said he would sell all of his six massage parlours to develop a 250room fivestar hotel on the land.

    He later changed his mind, saying he would build a 225room fourstar hotel and a residential hotel under two international hotelmanagement chains.

    A shopping mall is also planned for the site, he said.

    “I want to do this in a sarcastic way, to satisfy myself. This project will challenge those who have despised my election bid and my good will for Bangkok,” he said.

    Chuwit said the project would be administered by his First Kamolvisit Family Foundation and would be opened before August 29 next year – his 44th birthday and exactly one year after the governor poll.

    After the election results came out, Chuwit announced that he would enter national politics and his First Thai Nation Party would contest all of Bangkok’s 37 constituencies.

    Chuwit currently operates a boutique hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 24, a housing project on Srinakarin Road, an apartment on Ratchadaphisek Road and an office complex on Silom Road.

    Phermsak Lilakul

    THE NATION

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    Ja, das ist in der Tat eine nette Geste von Signore Chuwitone. Es handelt sich dabei um den ehemaligen Sukhumvit Nightmarket, der letztes Jahr unter mysteriösen Umständen in der Nacht weggebulldozed wurde.

    X-Pat

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