See More on Facebook

Politics

Survey finds two-thirds oppose military spending

Military expenditure has become a hot button issue in Thailand.


Written by

Updated: October 21, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of citizens want the government to spend more on health and social security, according to a recent Super Poll survey.

Assistant Professor Noppadon Kannika, director of the Super Poll Research Centre, said 1,069 people were quizzed about the budget for fiscal 2020 currently before the House.

He said 65.9 per cent felt a greater share of the budget should be allocated to health, while 64.9 per cent believe more should go to education, 59.8 per cent to job provision and another 59.8 per cent to security in the quality of life.

Less support was expressed for spending on national security (54.8 per cent), transportation and road repairs (50.8 per cent) and small-medium business promotion (48.2 per cent).

Asked about their political leanings, 67.2 per cent of respondents said they were “in the middle”, feeling that both government and opposition are doing poor jobs.

Nearly 17 per cent support the government and 15.9 per cent support the opposition.

Noppadon called the poll results “interesting”, particularly the fact that support for the government was only 1 per cent higher than that of the opposition and the one-in-five objections to high spending on the military, police and other security agencies.



Enjoyed this story? Share it.


The Nation (Thailand)
About the Author: The Nation is a broadsheet, English-language daily newspaper founded in 1971 and published in Bangkok, Thailand.

Eastern Briefings

All you need to know about Asia


Our Eastern Briefings Newsletter presents curated stories from 22 Asian newspapers from South, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Sign up and stay updated with the latest news.



By providing us with your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

View Today's Newsletter Here

Politics

Dr M: Cabinet reshuffle, possibly before Apec

Malaysia’s ruling party suffered heavily in a recent bi-election. A Cabinet reshuffle must take place, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister said that there will be some ministers who will be dropped but added that it will not be today or tomorrow. “Very likely before Malaysia hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit next year,” said Dr Mahathir. Admitting that reshuffling would not be a solution to recover the waning popularity of Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition, as reflected in the recent Tanjung Piai by-election defeat, Dr Mahathir said it has to be done anyway. Pakatan received its worst by-election defeat in Tanjung Piai when its Bersatu candidate lost by more than 15,000 votes to MCA of Barisan Nasional on Nov 16. He said that the reshuffle should not be “radical” so as to affect the preparations of Malaysia to host Ap


By The Star
November 21, 2019

Politics

Court turns thumbs down on Thanathorn

The opposition leader loses his MP status. The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday (November 20) that Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, lost his status as a member of Parliament on May 23, having registered to run in the March election while still holding shares in V Luck Media, in violation of the law. The court cited Articles 98 and 42 of the 2017 Constitution and the Organic Act on Election to the House of Representatives in characterising Thanathorn as prohibited from being elected as an MP. The Election Commission brought the matter to court, accusing him of still holding 675,000 shares in his family-owned media company when he registered his candidacy in the general election. Thanathorn failed to prove that he had transferred all shares to his mother, Somporn Juangroongruangkit, before registering.


By The Nation (Thailand)
November 21, 2019

Politics

Moon says volunteer military system needs time

The president says South Korea will transition to a volunteer army. South Korea needs to move to a volunteer military system, but the switch from the current conscription system will need time and preparation, President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday. “(A volunteer system) is something our society must move toward. But at present, the conditions are not right to introduce a volunteer system, (the change) needs to be planned in the mid- to long-term,” Moon said, speaking in a live televised question-and-answer session with 300 selected civilians. Moon said that measures such as increasing the number of professional soldiers and improving military har


By The Korea Herald
November 20, 2019

Politics

Beijing’s comments on HK court decision could signal direct intervention

Beijing has rejected a Hong Kong court decision. China has firmly rejected the Hong Kong High Court’s decision to overturn a controversial mask ban aimed at quelling violent protests, prompting experts to say the central government could soon act to ensure its constitutional authority over Hong Kong is not challenged. China’s Parliament and Cabinet both issued statements early on Tuesday (Nov 19) morning that the ruling challenged the authority of both the Hong Kong authorities and the central government. The response came a day after the city’s High Court ruled that th


By The Straits Times
November 20, 2019

Politics

What is Oplan Tokhang and why is it in the news?

A particular phrase has popped up a number of times in news from the Philippines in the past several days that is probably a mystery to much of the world. That phrase is Oplan Tokhang, a concept that is directly related to the country’s drug war. Discussions around this idea will be something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months. What is Oplan Tokhang? First, what does it mean? The word tokhang, is a made-up portmanteau of the local words for knock (tok) and plead (hangyo) and describes police operations that were launched by the Duterte administration in July of 2016 that involved officers going door to door to root out drug-related offenders. The phrase has become synonymous with the Duterte administration’s notoriously brutal war on drugs, with the word tokhang becoming directly associated with the killings r


By Quinn Libson
November 20, 2019

Politics

Dr M: Loss was more than I expected

Malaysia’s ruling party loses important bi-election. While defeat in Tanjung Piai was expected, what was shocking was the extent of the loss, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his first statement since last Saturday’s by-election. The Prime Minister said there was a need for a thorough post-mortem to identify reasons for Pakatan Harapan’s crushing loss. “A detailed, serious and honest post-mortem must be made at all levels to find out the real reason for the defeat, ” he said in a statement yesterday. The Pakatan chairman said he expected the Opposition to win by a 2,000-vote majority, adding that the eventual 15,086-vote margin was beyond his imagination. “I take note of the results. I accept the results made by the people of Tanjung Piai, ” said the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman as he thanked those who worked hard throughout the by-election. The Tanjung P


By The Star
November 19, 2019