Archive for November, 2014

Internet censorship, surveillance and whatever. Its been there, hanging like a gloomy cloud over Malaysian society, though I doubt the reaction from the public would be fierce in opposition. Internet activism in my country appears to be at its infancy, where users appear uninterested as long as their access to social media platforms are not hampered in the obvious way. That culture of minding-one’s-business and lets-not-bitch-about-the-government basically creates a sense of complacency. But then again, that Malaysia.

 

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A few day ago, Thailand authorities were busy removing signs placed in the conflict-ravaged south Thailand. The signs were said to have been the work of Pattani militants and their sympathisers.

One such sign states:

If the ‘Bring Back Happiness’ campaign is still on, with guns pointing at religious leaders and community or Melayu brothers and innocents, don’t you hope that the Thai people, civil servants, Buddhists Thai teachers will be the last body.

A threat directed at the Thai junta.

UnThainess to Pet Someone

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Thailand
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If this was Malaysia, people would have been outraged. Its rude, plain and simple. I wonder whether the Thai press would express their unhappiness at such a blatant display of unThainess?

 

Lets Clap for ‘Unity’

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Thailand
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A crash course for provincial officials on how to greet the visiting Thai prime minister. Quite amusing, an indicator of the conformity to the values of “respect” which obviously there seems to be none, especially when people are compelled to clap for the sake of uniformity.

I find taxi drivers in Klang Valley to be terribly obnoxious, more often with the confrontations of not using the meter or completely arrogant of wanting to take me to a destination that’s convenient for the driver. Hell bent, some simply want to make a quick profit and have no regard of customer service.

Then I read this story today, which was quite upsetting yet inevitable with the state of taxi affairs. Government, enforcement agencies have never really changed their behaviours, so the suffering goes to the public.

The longer the establishment drags their feet on peace talks and improving quality of life for the ethnic-Pattani populations in south of Thailand, the worse is to be expected, on a weekly basis of blasted fury. For a decade, with thousands dead as a result of the violent conflicts, the impact grows not only on the local communities but also the soldiers, policemen and their families.

Obviously there’s a problem in south Thailand.

First off, there’s the issue of participation of community leaders in the upcoming peace talks with radical nationalist group BRN, which is virtually non-existent. What of the imam, ustaz, village leader, NGO worker, and community representatives? Are they involved in building peace? No, the junta’s peace team consist of military officers, and government officials.

So its only expected that groups in the ThaiSouth to show defiance against the establishment.