Re: Wichit Chantanusornsiri's article "Solving poverty goes beyond writing cheques" (BP, Oct 4). I agree 100% with Khun Wichit's article. Furthermore, I fear that the rice subsidy scheme and other similar schemes are rapidly leading to a divide in Thailand which may result in even worse disruption than we saw in 2010. These schemes look likely to become unstoppable until the next crisis occurs.
How can one group which pays the country's taxes accept seeing large amounts of their money being transferred to another group? The government says the subsidies are to help the poor farmers but payments are made without regard to whether a farmer is poor or rich. If it was for only poor people it might be acceptable. But not all farmers are poor. Many farms are owned by rich Thais.
How can middle- and lower-income taxpayers accept their money being given to richer farmers and millers?
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