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Commentary: Divide disrupts Thailand’s shot for political integrity

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Commentary: Divide disrupts Thailand’s shot for political integrity

 

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(Photo) Wan Yoobamrung, Sira Janjaka/Facebook

 

Two related incidents over the past few days can tell how far the country has come in its attempt to upgrade politics. A government MP has humiliated provincial police as he felt they failed to give him a reception he deserved, and of all the people who lambasted him, one opposition figure stood out. The key question is not about what they did, but it has to do with how the public think about both men.

 

The national divide has muddied the public sense of right and wrong. Thais who could not tolerate Palang Pracharat MP Sira Janjaka somehow manage to like what Wan Yoobamrung said. But the case involving Sira and Wan, who vowed to teach the former about humility, is just the tip of the iceberg. People who condemned politicians’ tax evasion never went all out against conspicuous possession of luxury watches by a senior government member close to the prime minister. Those who died or were injured because of anti-government protests _ and some of them innocent bystanders who were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time _ were treated differently by the Thai public.

 

The case of Sira and Wan, who hails from a family that faces allegations going far beyond plain arrogance, confirms the obvious truth that Thailand’s national divide is nowhere near being healed. More important than that, political prejudices fostered by clashing ideologies are hampering any attempt to achieve genuine political transparency, decency and integrity.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/commentary-divide-disrupts-thailands-shot-for-political-integrity/

 

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

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If ever there were two words that don't fit together, it is these two, what a farce! 

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Chalerm's son teaching others about humility? That's the pot calling the kettle black.

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Is that Ron Jeremy in the top left photo?

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