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LETTERS
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Better get their act together

Extorting an extra 5 baht for parking

Better get their act together

The Editor,
Regarding your article from last week’s CMM, Page 3, Public Transport plans to move into higher gear: When I read the first sentence and it said, “May get sooner off the ground than expected,” I felt a kind of relief. I really thought something was happening, but reading on it is obvious that this is once again just because some public sectors probably screamed too loud and through this, they are quiet for a while.

A lot of hot air - once again. Reading on, “The Ministry of Transport is to hold a meeting”. When? On the day when Xmas and Songkran fall on the same day?

The Cabinet has approved 147 million baht - for the study? Or for the urgently needed electric cars?

The study is finished in 2006? At the end of 2006? Or will they not make it in time? What do they study? How many more cancer and lung deaths are related to the smog? Or how the relation of bronchitis related drug prescriptions in the Chiang Mai area is to the prescriptions in the South?

Another thing that confuses me: In Chiangmai Mail No. 27 (the week before) you talk of an approved budget by the PM and the government? In my humble opinion (maybe I lived too long in the United States), if we have a problem, we address the problem, we look for a solution, if we find it, we try to make a budget and get its approval. If this is done we get to work and solve the problem. Pronto! But this seems to be done the other way around.

Did anybody approve a budget for the study or a limit on how many more pollution related sicknesses have to be stated until we get something done? I always used to laugh when people said that the watches go backwards in Thailand, but now being back here, it frustrates me even more than all the foreigners around me who have more patience and acceptance than they should or are supposed to have. I just see how it could be done different and more efficient but this ‘learning process’ will need many more years to get through the Thai way of thinking.
Very frustrated Thai Ajarn


Extorting an extra 5 baht for parking

The Editor,
I went to the original Kasem store on Monday, July 12. When I parked, the woman collecting for parking said 10 baht. I said no, it’s always been 5 baht. She was not only insistent but also very nasty about it. I gave her the 10 baht and she gave me a receipt for 5 baht. I spoke to the Kasem family at their Nimmenheminda store and they told me that they’ve complained to Tessabarn several times as she is always nasty to them. Is there more corruption going on in Chiang Mai? I would think that if there were complaints from a prominent family several times, that something would have been done about it. She’s still in the same place harassing customers of businesses in that area. This is the province that is supposed to be promoting tourism?
Paul Schoenkopf