Monday, February 25, 2008

Only in Thailand

There are things that are almost normal in Thailand but that could not have occurred anywhere else on earth. When the Minister of the Interior was informed that top officials in the administration were sexually harassing female workers and having sex with subordinates, he dismissed the allegations saying that it was not unusual for senior officials to keep mistresses (Ministry to probe sex claims, Bangkok Post, February 26, 2008). Across town, a defendant in a courtroom being tried for dealing in illicit drugs was secretly handed a package by a member of the audience seated behind him. It was a condom stuffed with illicit drugs (Drug delivery in court goes very wrong, Bangkok Post, February 26, 2008). As for the evil junta in Burma, the Foreign Minister has just announced a new Burma policy. It is to "talk with them in a friendly manner on subjects they are comfortable with" (New approach to Burma, Bangkok Post, February 26, 2008).

Cha-am Jamal

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