Thailand’s Digital money handout to be delayed

  • The government cannot hand out 10,000 baht in digital money to people on Feb 1 as planned earlier because it will take longer to develop a secure system, according to Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat.
  • Former senator Rosana Rositrakul on Thursday filed a petition with the State Audit Office (SAO), asking it to scrutinise and suspend the digital wallet scheme, saying it is potentially damaging. “The 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme can be compared to the rice-pledging scheme of the Yingluck Shinawatra government which resulted in several cabinet ministers being jailed,” said Ms Rosana. “But that was useless because we lost our money. I, as a taxpayer, am doing the duty of a citizen in calling for concerned organisations to look into this matter.”

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