Having just received the latest issue of the Chiangmai
Mail (thank god for your brilliant idea...), I read your article on the
water pistols-ban with great interest. Enjoying the privilege of living in
the Kingdom for quite some time, I have taken part in the Thai New Year’s
or Songkran celebration many times. During that period in April, you
admittedly have only two choices - you go into hibernation for a few days,
or you join in the fun. I usually did the latter, and quite enjoyed it,
although it became pretty wild at times.
Learning now that Deputy Prime Minister Korn has banned
the water-weapons, and planned to invoke and enforce the quoted section of
the Consumer Protection Code, I seriously wonder how much the government
actually ‘made’ in fining the importers and / or manufacturers of these
items. Secondly - where will the money go, or what will it be used for?
Looking out of my window last Sunday and Monday morning,
I saw a bunch of children standing on the street, well equipped with those
said guns, and buckets of liquid ammunition, soaking (the few) pedestrians,
and endangering (the many) by-passing motor bikers, who obviously tried to
avoid the shower and were several times almost hit by a car. Even policemen
drove by on bikes, and even they got soaked, but just went on.
Am I missing something here? Could it be that the
authorities did not receive Mr. Korn’s message in time? The Chiangmai
Mail should maybe consider sponsoring a subscription to the various
local police branches, as they might find valuable and timely information in
With this in mind, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and
hope that you made it through the water, yet again.