The readers' comments are far more interesting than the article itself:
Discussion 1 : 04/08/2010 at 05:12 PM1
What a humungous waste of money that could be better used to bring improved education, drinkable water, electricity and communications services to rural communities, all to satisfy the grandiose delusions of self-importance of a bunch of dysfunctional politicians. Ah, but the construction jobs will keep rural people at the level of unskilled labourers, and ensure huge profits for the politicians' friends and already rich families who own the construction companies and banks that finance them. Many, many countries have parliaments with facilities way, way below the existing Thai parliament complex.
Discussion 2 : 04/08/2010 at 07:55 PM2
They build this at just 40 km from the PRESENT coast line? With two floors underground?
Have the architects taken the rising sea level into consideration? Doubt it. Why don't they start thinking - before they start sinking - about creating a new capital, like Nigeria and Brazil have done. Yes, I admit, it may be too late. Another dubious aspect is the assumed time-line. I have witnessed the snail speed progress of the construction of a four floor provincial court building. It took more than 3 years (> 1,000 days) to complete. Needless to say that if there was a budget, which in the case of the parliament seems to be missing (more than 10 billion suggests that there is no budget) can never be maintained.
[^The joke here is that the writer used the name "Albert Speer", so it's meant to be taken as cynicism......]
Discussion 3 : 04/08/2010 at 09:15 PM3
let's break ground and get rolling
bangkok and thailand deserve this !
Discussion 4 : 05/08/2010 at 08:24 AM4
The comedy keeps coming. Thailand is the land of image over substance. Appearances are far more valued than capabilities as the article proudly States,” the parliament's grandeur would be the pride of Thailand, visible to people from all over the world”, in reference to the new parliaments BIG BUILDING. The grandeur would be the pride of Thailand? What Thailand needs cannot be built from iron, cement and brick. The people who will gather within these new walls need to rebuild their thinking, moral being and responsibility to the kingdom, Thai people and the future of the country instead of their greedy self-centered selves and how they look to people from all over the world. But this is so typical, instead of politicians selflessly doing something for the country they think of themselves. It’s just like little children playing dress-up and make-believe. It is truly amazing Thailand that still amazes as lessons are never learned and applied in politics.
Last edited by ncr; 05-08-10 at 12:45 PM.
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