Phanuwat Treekunakorn has seen first hand the difference 92 U.S. cents can make to the lives of ordinary Thais. The flat fee to see a doctor helped turn him into a loyal supporter of Thaksin Shinawatra and his family.
Thailand’s junta met the head of the central bank, the stock exchange and other economic officials to discuss measures to safeguard growth in Southeast Asia’s second- biggest economy three days after a military coup.
Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha said a night-time curfew will remain in force and his junta will enact political reforms, without detailing any changes or providing a timeline for when new elections may be held.
Thailand’s societal “chasm” needs to be bridged to bring stability to Southeast Asia’s second- biggest economy after the military took power, according to Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.