The leader of the Thai Pakdee Party, Warong Dechgitvigrom, recently posted a photo of himself at a gas station in Australia. “Gas prices in Australia are not cheap,” he said. “In Thailand, the government is still helping reduce the price.”
Netizens swamped his post, pointing out that even if gas prices are higher in Australia, an Australian worker makes more in an hour than a Thai worker does in a day on minimum wage. Warong later edited his post to respond, saying that people are not supposed to compares wages or income with gas prices.
This episode encapsulates the difficulties facing the Prayut administration. A rising cost of living, driven by global conditions such as increased gas prices, is plaguing governments all over the world. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has proven to be the catalyst of an economic headache for which Thailand’s prime minister cannot be blamed.