10 Nov '11, 10pm

Thailand faces security and political test - TODAYonline

The widespread floods in central Thailand have added another dimension to the security threats to the country which, since 1932, have largely been domestic ones. The flood damage to basic security infrastructure will cost at least S$1.9 billion, according to the police and military analysts. In times like these, it is political will that will secure the support of the people. Strong political leadership can shift the impact of a crisis. Given the sea of security problems, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has surprised critics by displaying calm resolve. The first woman Prime Minister in Thailand has taken a strong stand in facing the disaster. She recently empowered herself with the Natural Disaster Law to control all operations. Despite the reticence of army commanders, the PM is doing a remarkable job for someone who has had no previous political experience. Yet, some ...

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