Tens of thousands of people staged a protest against him just before the inauguration, citing controversial policies, especially the hike in energy prices despite the slow economy. The levy collection has returned already.
But we can still see some differences easily. During the inauguration ceremony, President Ma said that energy prices must be reasonable, energy conservation encouraged, carbon emissions reduced and investment in green energy increased. Should we really need to keep reminding 65 million Thais to help keep their land beautiful? It was stunningly clean.
Photo Gallery. The Earth is our home where we live together temporarily. Glory and disgrace: This contributed to her election victory. The complex legacy of Singapore founder Raffles. One of the Pheu Thai Party platforms was to reduce fuel prices by cutting the oil fund levy. One big difference between Thailand and Taiwan is the people and their mindsets. I was impressed.
In Taipei, I asked people I met what they thought about Ma and what they felt unhappy about. My own impression of visiting Taiwan is how green the country is. Once I say I come from Thailand, they ask how the red-shirt and yellow-shirt street protests are going.
But no one actually owns any land anywhere. Many times she has expressed sorrow about unfair teasing from the media and public.
There are a lot of big trees everywhere. Thailand is also a naturally beautiful land.
I remember over a decade ago how I was impressed seeing big trees in a city music video by Taiwanese singer Wang Lee Hom.
But at least the leader showed he cares about what people think. They have to say Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket to clarify that they come from Thailand. Obviously I am not as connected sentimentally to Taiwan as much as my motherland Thailand.
It could be that Ma really is in trouble. Hisa share of the vote that brought him to power four years ago was almost 60 per cent; this time it was a little over 50 per cent. Thailand and Taiwan both recently faced flood problems, and foreigners might have seen physical fighting and chaos in the Thai and Taiwanese parliaments, and both also have two major parties competing in the political arena — one conservative and the other populist.
Travel log lifestyle tasty sleep Art shopping event. I went to Taiwan last month to witness the inauguration of second-term president Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang Party.