In a nationally televised speech, Prayut calls on the 20 richest people in Thailand to help the government in its fight against Covid-19.
In a special 10-minute speech broadcast on national TV at 6pm on Friday (April 17), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on Thailand’s 20 richest people to step up and help the government in its fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.
Prayut said he will next week write an open letter to the 20 tycoons, asking for help in efforts to tackle the pandemic, which he said has become a deadly threat to people’s health and economic wellbeing.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will next week ask the kingdom’s top 20 wealthiest businessmen and key leaders to join his so-called “Team Thailand”, a group that will shape the fight against Covid-19 in the future as the government considers relaxing anti-virus measures. “The government alone cannot give answers to all questions,” he said. “This crisis is big and complicated, so we need to unite and join together as Team Thailand.”
People gather at the Finance Ministry in Bangkok on Tuesday to appeal its decision to reject their claims for a 5,000-baht cash handout. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed the government has yet to finalise the period for its 5,000-baht cash handout scheme to those affected by Covid-19, as the existing fund only covers one month. Earlier, the government said it would allocate 5,000 baht per month for three months from April to June to 8-9 million to temporary employees and self-employed workers hit by the virtual economic shutdown imposed to contain the virus.
There are at least 27 million people registered for the cash handouts, but the government said it will pick only 8-9 million people to get the money. As of Wednesday, about 12 million registered people had been disqualified.