Having spirited away Thailand’s vast cash reserves in the three years since seizing power in a military coup, the Thai junta is now running out of funds.
And so, following a meeting with the cabinet on Tuesday, the powers that be have today approved new tax rates on alcohol and cigarettes,
Which is a great idea. After all, how else will they pay for all the submarines, tanks and helicopters that have recently been ordered, not to mention the land and new houses individuals close to the government have been shelling out for during the last three years.
Or, for that matter, the medical costs for all those who will, in the future, need medical treatment after drinking paint thinner and petrol instead.
All changes will be made available in the Royal Gazette before they take effect on the 16th of September 2017.
Sansern Kaewkamnerd, a spokesman for the government confirmed that new tax rates have been agreed saying that alcohol, cigarettes and, bizarrely, playing cards will be affected by the changes.
However, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha added that the changes will not be excessive and there is no requirement for businesses to stockpile alcohol and cigarettes leading up to the alterations, suggesting that any increases would be small.
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