Archive for September, 2015

Social welfare, or the mechanism that claims to enable basic rights to the country’s citizens, seems to be invisible and silent nowadays. Bangkok’s poverty rate, at least what’s visible on the streets, has increased with the decline in formal livelihood and made worse by the dwindling tourism.

It appears that the ruling elites in the junta are clueless on what is needed to jump-start Thailand’s economy.

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Bangkok sinking deeper into uncertainty

Posted: September 8, 2015 in Thailand
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Bangkok seems to have lost its flair for sophistication. It doesn’t feel the same as when I first arrived in 2011, nor has it maintained its aura of potential as in 2013. Bangkok is struggling, the residents of this once mighty city.

Times are bad; challenging for those scattered in the lower section of the social pyramid. In the days before the junta removed the caretaker government, there was possibilities; there was some form of hope – for a better future, through hard work.

Now the working class are ‎pushing against the tide of hardship, making no progress while the ruling political elites continue toying with their future.

While Bangkokians are recovering from the shock of the Erawan shrine explosion, the southern “ThaiSouth” population are still experiencing the carnage between warring ultra-nationalist militants and the army. Its been over a decade, with over 6000 lives lost in the conflict, and yet we hear little outrage from Thailand’s capital.

A damaged army vehicle. No deaths reported. Bomb explosion took place in Narathiwat, 5 September 2015 at 12:30pm. Photo courtesy of Wartani.

A damaged army vehicle. No deaths reported. Bomb explosion took place in Narathiwat, 5 September 2015 at 12:30pm. Photo courtesy of Wartani.

 

A crater caused by the road explosion. Photo by Wartani FB.

A crater caused by the road explosion; 5 September 2015. Photo courtesy of Wartani.

 

"I have a question"

“I have a question”

A message (below) from 11th grade student, who protested in a packed auditorium where junta leader general Prayuth was speaking. Parit Chiwarak was forcibly removed by security personnel. Thai police did not charge the teenager, and he returned home after a briefing between his parents and the authorities.

Parit, who is also a student activist from the Education for Liberation of Siam, then posted an open letter to Prayuth.

Dear Mr.Prime Minister,

I would first apologize you for my attempt to deliver the open letter of the Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS), of which every words were written with sincerity, without informing in advance. My delivery of the letter might cause you some inconvenient, but to clear myself from any misunderstanding, I would hereby declare this statement to you, and the public.

1. It may be viewed “insolent” or “improper with the place and time” that I did not propose the letter in the normal bureaucratic procedure. However, there is possibility for the delivery of to letter to be late or misunderstood. In order to prevent them, I had to be some indecorous, and I hereby apologize you for this.

2. Some people might came up with ideas that my act was set in favor of some political group, or be motivated with political reasons. To tell the truth, I must inform that the motivation of my (attempt to) delivery of the letter was just sincerity and goodwill to our country and society, and there were no any abettor. My proposal was mere a proposal to replace the subject “civil duties” with philosophy and ethics, which are more effective in nurturing ethic and virtue.

3. I am just an ordinary youth with no extraordinary skills, but I have some courage to express my opinion about Thailand’s education reformation publicly in sake of our country and society. However, there are quite much more people who could not express their own opinions. I would like to propose you and your officers to insist on listening to the voice of everyone, including students like me, with sincerity, as every opinion would finally drive Thailand forward.

Even I eventually was taken to Pathumwan Metropolitan Police Station, I had no personal vengeance the agents who took me in and the officers who performed personal information interrogation with me as they did on their duties and they treated me in proper manner. Finally, I hoped that in the future there would be rights for everyone to express what they believe from the innermost of their heart.

With love and respect,
Parit Chiwarak

Source: Parit’s Facebook