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Mothball dam plan for good

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Here we go again. No sooner had the northern run-off reached Sukhothai province in upper Central Thailand than the chorus from the dam hungry politicians began again for the construction of the Kaeng Sua Ten dam in the Mae Yom River basin. 

The first politician to come out to blame the Sukhothai floods on the lack of dams on the Mae Yom River in Phrae province was Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut.

As a reminder, it was Mr Theera who last year ordered officials to delay releasing water from the Bhumibol dam so rice farmers in Suphan Buri could do their harvesting first. Suphan Buri is the constituency of Banharn Silpa-archa, the de facto leader of the Chart Thai Pattana Party. Mr Theera's decision was blamed for the accumulation of the huge, destructive water mass that later ravaged provinces downstream. A policy mistake of this magnitude would prompt the resignation of politicians elsewhere. Not here.

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