Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij has voiced his concern over the prolonged rally, which is likely to scare off foreign investors, calling on protestors to consider the impact on the Thai economy.
Speaking of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally staged at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong Junction, Mr Korn said if it was protracted any further, it would greatly affect the confidence of foreign investors. He noted that those who had set up production bases in Thailand might decide to avoid the risk by relocating to other countries.
The Finance Minister thus urged the demonstrators to think about the impact on the society as well as the future economic structure. The ministry is preparing to assess the overall impact and seek appropriate countermeasures.
Mr Korn added that he had been assigned by the economic ministers to find a way to assist the workers and business people troubled by the UDD’s downtown rally. No exact amount of budget has yet been specified, but the minister promised to quickly proceed with the assignment.
Reporter : Rungkarn Rujiwarangkul