28 Jun '11, 1pm

Thai opposition woos voters with credit cards, tablet PCs - Channel NewsAsia

CHIANGMAI, Thailand: Thailand's leading opposition Pheu Thai Party has rolled out a generous raft of populist policies ahead of the election. These include free credit cards for farmers and tablet PCs for school children. But some Thais doubt their practicality and critics have attacked the policies as extravagant and unsustainable in the long term. It's part of the Pheu Thai Party's grand vision to remake the Thai countryside. And its candidate is planning to give farmers credit cards if it wins the election. The credit card is a foreign concept in the countryside, but will in theory allow them to get interest free loans on seeds, pesticides and farming tools. "It's the first time such a credit scheme is proposed. It will help to reduce farmers' burdens," said Pheu Thai Party candidate Withaya Songkham. Many farmers are staunch supporters of the Thaksin-backed Pheu Thai P...

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