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Social media users are up in arms after registration for the government’s Kon La Khreung (“Let’s Go Halves”) co-payment scheme filled up within 10 minutes. The scheme, first introduced as an economic stimulus measure in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, gives shoppers 50% off the purchase of everyday items, up to 150 baht a day and capped at 3,500 baht for the duration of the scheme.

The third phase of registration had a quota of 1.34 million users, but interested parties had to be quick. Having lost their chance to register, many disgruntled people took to social media to complain, with the hashtag #คนละครึ่งเฟส3 (#Let’s Go Halves3) trending on Twitter.

Several netizens say they filled out the online registration form at exactly 6.01am but were then forced to wait for the one-time password to be delivered to their phones before they could complete the process. In many instances, by the time they received the OTP code, registration was full. Some say they had to wait over 5 minutes to receive the password, which caused them to miss the small window for registration.

According to a Nation Thailand report, one person has described the scheme as nothing more than a government PR stunt, pointing out that, despite being funded by taxpayers’ money, only some people can avail of it.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    S2k

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Yet again. These programs ALWAYS fall. They full up within minutes, are plagued with fraud, or simply don’t work correctly. Why not just send cash to every Thai citizen’s bank account, or distribute to each district office?

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      westaussie

      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm

      Sending money to people’s bank accounts will not work. The poor officials would not be able to corruptly obtain any monies

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    B.T.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Because if they do all in transparent and corruption way there will BE end of the world.They need to screw.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    My girlfriend applied 6am today filled all the forms out then it was declined she’s absolute fuming. She said the government yet again promising absolute nothing what is the point absolute publicity stunt yet again!! The Thai people are too wise to all this BS!! THANKYOU again Thai government for nothing she said. What’s going to be next from the government or the powers be? My girlfriend says this is so transparent it’s laughable Thankyou again she said. Thailand powers be are an absolute joke in every way.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      It’s a terrible scheme, as all similar ones are as it’s neither a lottery nor fair, but unless something’s been lost in translation then if she was “declined” then she’s got nothing to complain about as she was ineligible rather than unlucky.

      It’s even a terrible scheme for the government, as it’s unpopular and clearly annoys and alienates more people than it benefits.

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      Sardonic responses required

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:45 am

      I run a charity here with my gf as the only recipient and she spends so much I should have NGO status. If your gf has a farang she doesn’t really need it does she? My gf got it but honestly she should have left it for someone more needy…The truth is all goverments can’t save u..it doesn’t even want to…

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Who doesn’t want free money? Not surprised that the system was overwhelmed.

    In the previous two, my wife and daughter each managed to get registered. Many of my neighbors did, as well, because I see them using their accounts with the local mobile seafood and vegetable vendors.

    Many millions wanted, and all called at the same time, so many millions are going to jam up the system and only a lucky few will reap the rewards.

    Not surprising.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Sad thing is the folks who most need a scheme such as this probably do not have internet access.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:46 am

    It is a simple matter. They authorities are holding back the registrations to allow agents to sell the registrations, and kick back to the the authorities.
    The Thai railway used to do the same.
    They declared all seats were sold, but the agents would sell the seats at a higher price, and kick back to the ticket office,

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    James Pate

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:39 am

    Just reduce the price at the cash register and limit the quantity a consumer can buy. Keep it simple.

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    David Jackson

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Fantastic system. My gf is heading towards Samrong Market now to buy her goods with 50% discount; double bonus…I don’t have to cook!
    Thank you Prayuth…a system giving back to farangs as well!

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