Sunday, April 12, 2009

Bangkok - a dose of Abhisit's own medicine

Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva is getting back a dose of his own medicine. He led his party to stage a series of massive demonstration in Bangkok which culminated with the seizure of the Bangkok international airport and other airports, crippling air travel and costing milions of dollars in losses.

He succeded in toppling the government. Now he is complaining the lost of the country's reputation following the protest by the pro-Takhsin Shinawatra supporters, imposing emergency rule, clamping down media criticism of the administration and sending armour vehicles to the streets.

From Pattaya, the protest has spread to the capital, where red-shirted protestors, backing Takhsin, are converging in crowded sky train stations. Usually, these stations are packed on Sundays, so the maximum impact of these protests can be felt.

A protest leader has been arrested by Abhisit's government. Strangely, when he staged the airport seizure, he justified it in the name of democracy. As the politicians squabble for power, the biggest losers are the ordinary people, who depend on the tourist dollars. The global financial crisis saw a drop in tourist arrivals and with the latest episode, there can only be further cancellation of trips to Thailand.

11 comments:

donplaypuks® said...

That's right. Democracy should be allowed to work for all and not just when you are in Opposition or in Power.

This not only seems to have escaped Abhisit who masterminded the Bnagkok Airport sit in at the cost of $billions to Thailand, but also our Govt and Police.

The recent conditional Police approval for Opposition parties when campaigning at Bkt. Selambau & Gantang were edicts & fiats bordering on censorship so as to say '1 rule for US and another rule for THEM!'
http://donplaypuks.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

The Thai chaos is good for Penang, with tourists originally meant for Bangkok spilling over to Penang instead. Also the Penang airport and the sea port will benefit from cargo going through Penang instead of Thatiland as the traders get weary of Thailand's problems.

romerz said...

WCW,

It does not take much for us to be headed the way of the yellows and the reds.

UNLESS;

Those of you who can enlighten ordinary Malaysians can do your jobs without fear or favor.

It is because of you guys who have the power to enlighten choose not to do so which brings about these contrasting media reports.

Do your job well and truthfully without fear or favor and the polarity between the MSM and alternative will eventually find a common middle ground.

Which is for the common good of us all, you included!

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

ENJOY NOT WHEN OTHERS SUFFER

Let us not rejoice when others suffer
For we are closely linked in many areas
But to look for means to better buffer
Ourselves from committing economic errors

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 130409
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Mon. 13th Apr. 2009.

Anonymous said...

Let thailand be a monarchy again

Idzan Ismail said...

Dear Chun Wai
Red shirts, blue shirts or yellow shirt, it doe not bode well for Thailand.
The red shirts claimed they have justification for doing the street protests.
For Thaksin? Hello, he's having a fun time living overseas on corrupted money.
He left the country and has the cheeck to video conference with the protestors.
You mean obesssions with one man, you want to bring down the country.
I just don't understand why the Asean summit must still be held in Thailand.
hey have already changed four venues.
I know it's their turn.
But the summit must be held.
The best bet is to hold it in KL or Singapore.
To Malaysians enjoying the Thai show and itching it happens here in Malaysia, please don't.
Mr Romerz you seem to be inclined that way.
Please love our country if you don't like our leaders.
This is the only country we have, good or bad.

Anonymous said...

best solution - call for a new election. no backdoor govt.

warongkopi56 said...

Datuk, I have been waiting for somebody to quote this.

Is our political scenarios heading for that direction? Is this kind of price we are willing to pay in the name of "FREEDOM"?

I hoped Malaysian should do better and be more civilized.

I am also shocked there are happy people taking advantage on others miseries to have their monetary gain.

Michael Gaw said...

Dear Wong,

Allow me to digress to local politics instead of Thai's politics.

The DPM has made certain statements regarding the voting pattern of the non malays in the recent by-elections in Kedah and Perak.

I am certain that if you blog on the statements by the DPM to Utusan Malaysia on the ingratitude of the non malays to the BN in spite of RM 1 million handout, etc, you would definitely received more comments and feedback from readers. It is also a more relevant topic and affect all Malaysians.

What say you?

Anonymous said...

Amen. Do onto others as you would like done onto you? If you slap some one's cheek, he might slap you back on both cheeks.

Alliedmartster said...

The point we should ask ourselves is , 'is this all worth it?'

In our pursuit for 'clean and fair''competency, accountability, transprancy', and all other slogans drum up by politicians, we are allowing ourselves to be blind sighted by those who coin these up!

In Thailand's case Yellow says they are right, and now the reds say they are.

In the end who pays for each other's pursuit? the rest of the country!

Street mob rule will create chaos! Protest, after protest will lead to unrest. Now that PR has won the 4 states, why don't they focus on managing it? As far as Malaysia is concerned, I think we are smart enough to reject all these lies both sides are dishing out at each other. In the past three years, efforts by bloggers to expose Badawi's weakness has lead to his downfall. They should now support the new leadership to achieve a true 1 malaysia, not by one who has been key to the islamisation of Malaysia in the first place. (anwar that is...)