Haves and have nots
- 11 Jan 2019 at 04:15
- WRITER: POSTBAG
Re: "School tries out casual attire", (BP, Jan 9).
What better way to distort the attitude of sons and daughters of "nouveaux riches" in Thai society than by allowing them to wear very expensive clothes made from extraordinary material?
If the aim is to humble poor pupils or students who cannot afford such extravagant and arrogant show-off, then why not, by all means!
In a country where, according to the Credit Suisse Bank, only 1% of the population owns 66.9% of all assets in that given country, allowing pupils and students in general to discard their compulsory uniforms for the freedom of dressing up according to their whim will most likely result in an increased and wider gap of separation than now exists between the "haves" and the "have nots" of that given country.
My daughter attended a Rudolf Steiner School. Such schools do not have school uniforms. She is now a Doctor of Engineering with a European Masters and a BSc to boot. Enough said!
Fear key to US politics
One of the main ingredients of American politics is "fear".
Its politics are not only driven by economic issues but also require a big "enemy" who is a threat to American security and society. Hence, American people must have politicians to protect them from this invisible "enemy". For most of the last century, it was the Soviet Union. Then came the communists that included Cuba, China, Vietnam, and many other South American regimes. In this new century, a new enemy, Al-Qaeda, was invented and now the Muslims are the new security threat. In the Trump era, all security threats come from Mexicans and other Latinos who are ready to cross the border and kill Americans.
It is clear that Americans have learned nothing from the fall of the Berlin Wall which remains one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War. The same is the story across the walls separating the two Koreas. Walls only separate people and sow the seeds of contempt, hatred and violence.
Tightening the screws
With several consulates refusing to verify income statements for those who want 12-month visas these are the problems I predict:
Soon expats who are claiming to make 65,000 baht a month in their own countries will have to have the income wired into their Thai bank accounts. That will be the only way Thai immigration will be able to verify the income statements. Then, the Thai IRS could begin to investigate those expats who may be required to pay Thai taxes.
It seems immigration is constantly tightening the screws on expats and I don't understand why when we contribute so much to this country.
Re: "Fa Prathan Farm, Flora Park in Alro's crosshairs", (BP, Jan 9).
We are once again looking at corruption at the highest level by government ministers past, probably present, and probably future. It is a never-ending cycle. Screw the poor farmers. Let's see how this case turns out, and see if the present government is going to be true to its word, prosecute offenders, and return the misappropriated land to the farmers, the rightful owners.
Headline in a local online media: "Low Bar: Thailand in stable, not particularly good, condition in latest democracy index". Well, Thailand always strives to be number one in everything, from traffic accidents to lousy drivers and poor roads.
Thailand can continue the downward trend until it ranks lowest in the democracy index.
David James Wong
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