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Srettha Thavisin and Julapun Amornvivat Forge Ahead with Thailand’s 10,000-Baht Digital Wallet Scheme Amid NACC’s Gaze

On a day brimming with the buzz of political discourse and the hum of anticipation, the Thai government, led by the meticulously poised Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, decidedly danced through the looming shadows of scrutiny from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) concerning the eagerly awaited 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme. With a flair for the dramatic and a keen eye on the prize, they declared, in no uncertain terms, that the show must go on!

Tuesday’s rendezvous between the Prime Minister and the ebullient Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat was nothing short of a strategic symphony. The duo, with the confidence of seasoned sailors navigating stormy seas, charted their course towards the inception of the digital wallet policy committee’s endeavors, set to commence the following week. It was as if they were saying to the NACC – “We hear you, but our ship sails at dawn regardless”.

Julapun, with a sparkle in his eye, revealed that the committee’s maiden meeting would have them donning their detective hats, diving deep into the abyss of possible corruption that could shadow the process of the handout, and coming up with a master plan. Despite the NACC’s study group playing hard to get by not submitting their final report, the committee decided to boldly go where no one has gone before, demonstrating a heartening blend of optimism and audacity.

Divided but united in purpose, the committee members will branch into two factions. One, akin to town criers of yore, will embark on a whirlwind two-week tour, gathering wisdom from public and private agencies, as well as the voices of the people – a true testament to democracy in action. The other squad, free from the tyranny of deadlines, will take a deep dive into the outcomes of this grand financial experiment, ever vigilant for the specter of corruption.

However, in an unexpected twist, our hero Julapun found himself at a crossroads. Despite having a 560-billion-baht loan bill up his sleeve, the digital wallet handout’s grand unveiling was postponed from its original May debut. Like a seasoned poker player, he assured the eager populace that the bill would only be played as a last resort, leaving many on the edge of their seats in suspense.

In a previous chapter of our saga, whispers from the NACC hinted at a report that danced on the edge of approval and admonishment. With only three concerns highlighted in this latest edition compared to the nine from its predecessor, it seems the government’s decision to narrow the scope of the handout has softened some of NACC’s furrowed brows.

Yet, amidst plots and plans, suggestions and strategies, the crux of the matter remains – the artful navigation of the thin line between a promising government initiative and the pitfalls of unintended consequences. With the NACC’s advice to shy away from verbiage that could be misconstrued as an electoral “promise to give”, our protagonists are tasked with crafting a narrative that is both legally sound and hope-inspiring.

As the tale of the 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme unfolds, one can only hope that the paths chosen by our intrepid leaders lead to a chapter of prosperity and integrity, rather than one of discord and disillusionment. In a world where the line between right and wrong is often blurred, the saga of Julapun and his band of merry policymakers serves as a beacon of determination, daring to dream despite the challenges that lie ahead.


  1. JohnDoe February 7, 2024

    The whole digital wallet scheme sounds like a short-term populist move to me. Giving away 10,000 baht might sound good now, but what’s the long-term plan? Handouts aren’t a sustainable model for economic growth.

    • Nattawut February 7, 2024

      Totally agree. It feels like these handouts are just a way to get popularity, not a genuine long-term solution for Thailand’s economy.

      • JulapunFan February 7, 2024

        But you’re missing the point. This could jumpstart consumption and help lots of people struggling right now. It’s a step, maybe not the whole journey.

    • SiamWatcher February 7, 2024

      It’s easier to criticize than to come up with a better plan. The government is trying something new, give it a chance before bashing it.

      • JohnDoe February 7, 2024

        New doesn’t always mean better. We need to carefully think through these policies and consider their long-term effects.

  2. StreetVoice February 7, 2024

    Honestly, I think we’re focusing too much on corruption and not enough on whether this scheme actually helps the people who need it most. What mechanisms are in place to make sure the money goes to the right hands?

    • BangkokBear February 7, 2024

      That’s precisely the problem. Without transparency and a robust tracking system, we risk seeing a lot of this money disappearing into the wrong pockets.

    • friendly_thai February 7, 2024

      I think it’s unfair to assume it’ll go wrong before it even starts. The government has mentioned anti-corruption measures. Let’s wait and see.

  3. Ponderer February 7, 2024

    The article paints quite a dramatic narrative. It’s like watching a movie unfold. But let’s not forget, this isn’t a movie. Real lives are affected by these decisions. Political flamboyance shouldn’t distract from real-world consequences.

    • Economist101 February 7, 2024

      Well said. While it’s entertaining to read about these political maneuvers, at the end of the day, what we need is concrete results and a positive impact on the economy.

  4. ProDigital February 7, 2024

    Digital handouts are a step into the future. Moving towards a digital economy can open many doors for Thailand, making transactions more efficient and transparent. We should embrace it.

    • RetroGuy February 7, 2024

      Digital economy sounds great in theory, but not everyone in Thailand is tech-savvy or has access to the required technology. Could widen the gap between urban and rural areas.

      • Techie February 7, 2024

        That’s a valid concern. Hopefully, part of the plan involves improving digital literacy and access across all regions.

  5. OldSchool February 7, 2024

    It’s all well and good planning these digital schemes, but what about the elderly and those not comfortable with technology? My parents wouldn’t know the first thing about digital wallets.

    • YoungBlood February 7, 2024

      It’s about time everyone gets on board with digital progress. There are always tutorials and younger folks willing to teach the elderly how to use these technologies.

      • OldSchool February 7, 2024

        That’s easier said than done. Not everyone has someone to teach them, and not everyone can learn new technology easily.

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