The Bangkok Post:
Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered the 2nd Army Region and the Suranaree Task Force to stay alert even before the 2013 budget, now in parliament, is approved by lawmakers. The navy and air force also are ready in case border clashes resume.
Thailand’s military budget is small compared to other Southeast Asian nations.
“Our defence budget cannot match that in many countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia or Myanmar,” the source said. “Their defence budgets are around 5% of GDP. Ours in 2013 is only 1.44%, although we should get up to 2% of GDP.”
The budget includes no allocations for new arms purchases, the source said.
BP: There are a few different sources online about the % of a military spending to GDP, but the most up-to-date one that BP can find is from the Australian government for 2011 (page 5 of this PDF):
BP: Ok, Singapore is close to 4%, Indonesia is less than 1%, and Malaysia is just under 2% which is just above Thailand. Perhaps, you can say Singapore is close to 5%, but the only two are not….