THAILAND: Sondhi expands on 'Finland Plan'

Government abuse of media part of plot, he says

Bangkok Post
Sunday, May 21, 2006

By Wassayos Ngamkham

Media tycoon Sondhi Limthongkul said the government's abuse of the state media was part of the so-called Finland Plan, which was hatched by a small group of people aiming to take control of Thailand. He said the abuse of the state media was aimed at consolidating the government's power.

Mr Sondhi made the statements at the Thailand Weekly forum at Lumpini Park, attended by around 2,000 people.

He also alleged the government was behind the operation of the pro-government FM94.25.

Other community radio stations were limited by state regulations but FM94.25 could be heard across the country.

"Apparently, it is backed by the government," he said.

Mr Sondhi said hosts of the radio station had criticised the judges who were working to end the country's political crisis.

Mr Sondhi, a leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy, said the judges were working to serve His Majesty the King after his address on April 25 calling for the courts to step in. He attacked the election commissioners who had defied the courts' advice that they resign. The remaining three commissioners should leave the office as they served caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, rather than the country