Soldier shooting rampage: Analysts sceptical of Thai army's reform plans

In a photo taken on Jan 18, 2020, soldiers march during the annual Military Parade at the Royal Thai Army Cavalry Center in Saraburi province, Thailand.
In a photo taken on Jan 18, 2020, soldiers march during the annual Military Parade at the Royal Thai Army Cavalry Center in Saraburi province, Thailand.PHOTO: REUTERS

They doubt deal for finance ministry to handle some of army's assets will boost transparency

From housing loan "cashback" arrangements to half-price guns for personal use, the Thai army's welfare and business schemes are under intense scrutiny after a sergeant-major gunned down his superior and killed 29 people in a shooting rampage.

The Feb 8 incident was said to have been triggered by the soldier being cheated over a housing loan under the army's welfare scheme.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2020, with the headline 'Analysts sceptical of Thai army's reform plans'. Print Edition | Subscribe