Great event not very well organized
I would like to make a short comment on Thailand’s
great organizational skills. I am referring to the ongoing European Film
Festival in town, which was very nicely advertised in your newspaper (Issue
22 & 23).
I wanted to reserve some tickets for a movie on the 7th
of June, and so I called the reservation number on the 3rd. After being put
on hold for about 20 minutes and talking to 3 different girls, all with
incredibly bad English, I was told to call back on the 5th, which I did, and
on the 5th they told me to come to town because they can’t do anything for
me over the phone. Why did they not tell me when I called 2 days earlier? I
would have sent our driver who was in town on the 4th ... Great! For your
information, I live in Mae Rim, so it is not always easy to find the time to
go to Chiang Mai with all the road works and traffic going on right now; so
whenever I do go in, for example, to see a movie, I make reservations to be
sure I don’t waste too much time.
This was once again a great example of how Thailand with
the help of big organizations like the EU tries to do something great, but
never actually manages to push through with it. It would be so easy to
advertise in the right tabloids (not the tourist magazines) and get lots of
people, especially residents of Chiang Mai, to go and attend events like
this, even just by sending letters to the embassies or consulates, so that
they can contact the people living in the area. And of course leaving a
program at the desks of all these girls who are supposed to know what is
going on at their workplace. I know by talking to friends that many people
are interested but it is just so much hassle. I really hope that next year
the event will be better organized and that there will be some ‘ironing
out’ of the problems that happened once again this year.
Front cover totally without excuse
Dear Chiangmai Mail:
It is totally without excuse that you should put such a
picture of hilltribe hauling wood with the accusation that they destroy the
forest and take forest products. Of course they do, but they are not the
illegal loggers mentioned and you show no connection anywhere in the article
save to blast them.
This kind of mindless propaganda is rife in Thailand
while these people are exploited on all fronts, without ID and without human
You should know much better than this.
The Akha Heritage Foundation
Blaming the victim for the crime
The front page of your May 31 issue, with its photo of
hill tribe women collecting firewood with the caption “destroying
forests”, and the headline “forests destroyed”, continues to follow
the racist line about the evils of the hill tribes.
The forests of the North have been destroyed by
Lowlanders for big money, not by Highlanders collecting firewood.
Shame on you: you are blaming the victim for the crime.
Maybe on the front page of your next issue, you can have
a large photo of a poor Highlander caught with a handful of speed pills,
under the headline “Hill Tribes continue to destroy country with drugs”.
Padraig Mac Gobhainn