From Thairath, March 18, 2016
Left top: Past
Je Kiew: If the government doesn’t help, the transport business will die because of high oil prices and high costs. We can’t survive.
Caption: When the oil price is high
Right top: Present
Je Kiew: If the government doesn’t help, the transport business will die because of the low oil prices and the low cost carriers cut their prices to compete with the buses.
Caption: When the oil price is low.
[The woman is Sujinda Cherdchai, known as Je Kiew. Je is from the Chinese language meaning ‘elder sister.’ She is the owner of the Cherdchai bus company and the president of the Thai Bus Operations Association. Her management style is to call on the government for help to support the bus industry and insist that prices not be cut even when the oil price drops. Many people have complained about the high price of buses and note that planes fare are sometimes cheaper.]