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Law Prohibiting Marriage To Foreigners Over The Age Of 50 Proposed To Thai Cabinet

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If it wasn't April 1st I would agree with this proposed law being imported from Cambodia !

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So how is this NOT discrimination, when Thai men over 50 are allowed to marry younger Thai women, but Farang men over 50 are not!

The main loosers will be the Thai ladies and The Kingdom of Thailand. The Thai ladies will not get the financial safety and stability a marriage to a farang normally would bring to her and her family, and The Kingdom of Thailand would be missing the loads of money, these older Farangs spend here.

Personally I am over 50 and already married to a 45 year old Thai woman. It makes me feel bad to know, that our marriage seems to be a problem for The Kingdom. If my wife should die before me (not unlikely), I would have to keep THB 800,000 in the bank (no problem), if I would like to stay in Thailand, and try not to fall in love again, as I would have to say: "Sorry Tirak, I love you mak mak - but I am not allowed to marry you"! Luckily I would still be able to move to Pattaya and rent a girlfriend by the hour, or more likely, I would probably choose to move to a more Farang over 50 friendly country!!!

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"If these people don't have enough money to retire then they shouldn't be here and become a burden to Thailand,"

Ha! What with all the government provided accommodation, weekly allowances....:lol:

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So does that mean that a foreigner over 50 cannot marry any Thai national regardless of age?

e.g Foreigner 51 and Thai woman 45 cannot get married?

That would seem ridiculous!

My oh My! what will that do to all the thai prostitues and marriage brokers who constantly look for "old folks" so that they can cash in? Thailand is turning into a racist society more and more. there has always been an underlaying resentment of foreigners with money, especially from thai men but they have controlled it due to the profit margin. now the truth comes out!

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Another 1st.... Thai Visa is being closed down by Immigration due to overstay

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I personally think it is disgusting, men over 50 with young <25 year old wives. It makes me feel sick.

Thailand is doing something RIGHT for once.

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Guys, calm down . . . you've been had . . . it's April 1st, remember???? <grins>

Hahaa......................................... a joke?

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You have really go to love this place. New rules. New laws

You have got to smile at this one :jap:

I wonder what age restrictions will be applied for 2nd wifes or GIKS ?

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:blink:How good does this get,I am 50 now planning on moving to Thialand at the end of April (retirement visa) sorry I can't get marry I am to old.LOL Oh I know a man in central america got marry at 50 to a lady 28 he is now 75 his son is 24, yes I guess not fair to his children,Oh and yes he has two grandkids. If it doesn't come out in the wash,it wll in the rinse.Govt. needs to pass some worthwhile laws just for fun

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Guys, calm down . . . you've been had . . . it's April 1st, remember???? <grins>

Another nail in the coffin! :whistling:

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Those marriages often take away or prevent young girls from entering the sex market. The true motivation of this law is probably that the government is afraid of limited choices or increasing prices. Young Thai girls only for Thai old men!

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HOT TOPIC, HUH?? I find it interesting that the article speaks as if this already is the law. (pardon me for not having the right word; any others i use would show contempt for very poor journalism-- not that I expect to find good journalism here!) OR, maybe I am just naive about Thailand? Can we assume a proposal to be a law already?

I agree with those who think this would be an economic blow to Thailand. For sure. Farangs over 50 generally are the ones that have the money and the time to be here, and make an investment in family, from my observations.

I also wonder about the "magic number" of fifty years old. I've heard a proposal that foreign teachers not be over fifty years age.

In my opinion this would certainly be very lame-brained law, and of more negative consequence that positive. I also echo the sentiments of those who ridicule the lawmakers for mimicking Cambodia.

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Its good if its an initiative that is collectively done by all Asean Countries and also other Asian Nations. But along with that, as Nations get more protective, Asian Immigration should also start to match those of the West , where its tougher to migrate and even to get simply a tourist visa these days or being treated like a criminal upon arrival in airports in the US.

Asian countries should also accord the same treatments to citizens of these countries.

Another issue that the Thai government should also control is foreign ownership of properties in Thailand especially condominiums. At the moment, condominium prices are beginning to be out of reach of middle class working thais as lots of local greedy developers are only targetting foreigners. Many of these foreigners especially not only Westerners but Singaporean Chinese, Taiwanese, Middle Easterns and Indians buy them as investments and then rent them out without paying taxes. (maybe another source for the local taxation department). A lot of foreign real estate companies are also to be blamed for the increase in rices as their greed is causing problems for local thais. Look at some of the interesting fthai acebook pages and this is what Thais now want as agendas for the politicians to address in their coming election campaigns.

Its not an issue of zenophobia but rather , the local sshould be accorded priviliges first. Unlik the West, where migartaion standards are high, here in Thailand, you get bums from the Britain and US, without even a tertairy education coming here to teach English or start up some illegal web-based operations from their home.

It's no accident the standards for Thais immigrating to the US are high. We have no respect for your terrible education system or your shoddy work ethic and most of you will in fact become a true burden in our country as statistics have shown unless it's a Thai woman with a farang husband who will take care of her in a way you are not capable of doing!..

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So does that mean that a foreigner over 50 cannot marry any Thai national regardless of age?

e.g Foreigner 51 and Thai woman 45 cannot get married?

That would seem ridiculous!

Yes it is ridiculous and doesn't this law also go against basic human rights?

Not only that but plain logic.That is hard to come by from THE BOYS in BKK :lol:

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"The new law is in line with similar laws in Cambodia and Laos..."

So Thailand has sunk to the level of aping those paragons of human and civil rights Cambodia and Laos. Pretty sad when you think about it when Thailand was once considered an up and coming young democracy on the road to economic and social development ala Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. As pointed out in a newspaper column recently, it's really a shame to see where Thailand is at the moment...wallowing in fear and xenophobia of their fellow Thais and anything "foreign."

In any case, both the Cambodian law and any similar Thai law would be vulnerable to both the Thai constitution and international treaties protecting people's social and political rights (which includes the right to marry the partner of one's choice).

Edited by FarangBuddha

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