Thaksin Shinawatra

Ad puts bank at the centre of debate on nationalism

DURING THE RECENT World Cup, Thailand's hugely enthusiastic football supporters were ambushed in the intervals by a television advertisement showing Thai-speaking foreigners explaining classic aspects of Thai culture to Thais.

Friday, 9 August, 2002, 12:00am

Zhu seeks regional co-operation

Premier Zhu Rongji yesterday called for closer economic co-operation among Asian countries and said China's emerging economy posed no threat to the region.

In his keynote speech to the Boao Forum, Mr Zhu said China was ready to work with its neighbours to build 'a thriving new Asia'.

13 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Thin-skinned Thaksin's media bashing sends wrong signals

MANY POLITICAL LEADERS from around the region like to take a swipe at the foreign media from time to time, either to correct what they see as bias or perhaps to try to deflect domestic attention from other pressing issues.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has had occasional run-ins with correspondents in Kuala Lumpur.

11 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Thaksin unveils plan to balance external and domestic concerns

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has showcased his government's vision of a new growth model that seeks to balance the country's external sector with vigorous development of its domestic economy.

24 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Thaksin: the doubts linger

The early euphoria in Thailand at the acquittal of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of asset concealment is now dampened by concern surrounding the way the decision was arrived at.

Judging by the strength of evidence heard in court against the Prime Minister - who never denied assets had indeed been concealed - there is good reason to be puzzled by the verdict.

5 Aug 2001 - 12:00am


WHERE WOULD WE be without jewels of wisdom from other countries of the region to add a little zest to life? Here are two recent gems, one from Thailand and one from Singapore.

23 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Trader aims to be flushed with success

A new marketing campaign by online trader E*Trade Hong Kong aims to get to the bottom of what makes investors tick.

Wiping away traditional strategies, the company has opted to pound the porcelain with an advertising campaign in some of the SAR's trendiest toilets.

11 May 2001 - 12:00am

Thaksin's challenge

When Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra first came to political prominence in 1995, he undertook to solve Bangkok's notorious traffic problems in six months. He offered traffic police bonuses for keeping traffic moving in their sections, and provided 2,000 wheel clamps to immobilise illegally parked cars. The chaos continued.

13 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Polls result gets bulls running

Battered Thai stocks could build on gains run up yesterday as investors went on a rare buying spree to celebrate populist tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra's landslide election victory.

'I think the rally [yesterday was] very decisive,' said Peggy Creveling, head of Thailand research at Salomon Smith Barney.

9 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Electoral pride

Thanks to a diligent new election commission, Thais head to the polling stations today to vote in what has been billed as the country's cleanest election. Unfortunately, one of the lessons they might draw from this exercise is that an election, no matter how clean and transparent, does not always produce a strong government.

6 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Telecoms tycoon counting on Tiger to swing election

Tiger Woods, shotmaker supreme, is quickly becoming the ultimate kingmaker. Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra, a telecoms tycoon and leader of the Thai Rak Thai political party, has reportedly bankrolled Woods' appearance at this week's Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok.

16 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Tycoon ducks poll battering

The billionaire telecommunications tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra appears to be trying to duck his party's likely battering at the polls by announcing he will not stand in the November 17 general election.

1 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Hopewell Holdings

Shares in Hopewell Holdings fell 7.5 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to close at $4.15 yesterday, amid concerns over its rail and road project in Bangkok, Thailand. The fall followed a warning by Thai Deputy Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra that Hopewell would lose its 30-year concession on the project unless it completed a finance package including contract guarantees by July 17.

27 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Deputy PM in a jam over traffic crisis

THE Thais rarely get the pleasure of seeing one of their richest citizens squirm.

So the country's pundits are relishing the antics of the ambitious new Deputy Prime Minister who promised to solve Bangkok's traffic crisis within six months.

For Thaksin Shinawatra is making little progress, despite much high-profile posturing.

10 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Tycoon faces first test

FEW Thai politicians contesting their first election have made quite the splash that Thaksin Shinawatra has; but then few politicians are as rich as the telecommunications tycoon.

The whip-smart Mr Thaksin is using all the cunning communication ploys at his disposal to portray himself as the ultimate technocrat who can unravel the problems that bedevil Thai life.

2 Jul 1995 - 12:00am