The brother of Thailand’s P.M. (now a criminal fugitive), had a zany idea, when he was P.M., to put Thailand permanently on a “Daylight Saving” clock. The idea is that investors in Singapore and Hongkong, eager to buy Thai stocks but unable to wait an hour, were diverting money to countries in the timezone an hour ahead of Thailand. If Thailand opened its stock exchange an hour earlier, new investment dollars would flood in!
A seemingly simpler solution – to open just the stock exchange and ancillary financial offices an hour early – was unacceptable. Who would ask Bangkok’s elite in their chauffeured Mercedes to compete with the hoi polloi during rush hour?
The plan was forgotten when it was pointed out that millions of schoolchildren would be waiting for their buses in the dark.