Tiger farms in Thailand
To the Editor:
Juxtaposed to the article, “World Bank Wants Tiger Farms Shut” was a picture
of monk with a tiger at the Kanchanaburi Temple. The article didn’t make
clear if the World Bank was also including this temple, or other temples, or
tiger “kingdoms” in their charges of inhumane treatment of tigers. Another
interesting angle to pursue would be rumors that the tigers are actually
drugged at some of these places. It strikes me as implausible that these
tigers could so easily lose their natural aggressive instincts without the
help of drugs.
Reply to ChiangMai supporter letter
As a long-time journalist, I appreciate that replying to
‘critics’ is neither the done thing nor that constructive, especially when
the writer appears not to have properly understood the article in question
or - possibly in this case (on the evidence of the letter published) - has
English as a second language. Still the unknown scribbler, who has not the
courtesy to sign a name, deserves a reply if only to be assured that I and
other resident farangs believe that Thailand is quite able to look after
itself. This ‘paper and my regular column give unfailing support to events,
cultural and social in the City and beyond.
What was being constructively criticised was the inadequacy of so-called
service in a service industry. Over use of air conditioning is costly and
ecologically wasteful. Changing programme times without notice or cancelling
advertised screenings is an insult to potential customers. Keeping audiences
waiting 20 minutes after the advertised start time is irritating. These are
simple facts and I reserve the right to point out such problems in common
with any other paying customer, Thai or visitor.
Sincerely Mark Whitman.
Crossing the street is taking a risk
As much as I love Chiang Mai, it would be great if we could get some more of
those cross walk red lights in at major points, the Tha Pae gate area would
be good. In front of Kad Suan Kaew would be another good spot. It seems that
many drivers do actually semi-respect the red lights and at least slow down
enough to let people scamper across the street if fast enough, so it can’t
hurt to add in a couple more at strategic locations.
Yours, Scampering as fast as I can
Children at play amongst the
rubbish piles behind Central KSK.
There is an ugly ever growing mound of rubbish in the car park at the back
of Central Kad Suan Kaew. It started about a month ago when a small group of
people began stripping bamboo into long strips, which seemed fine at the
time. But now has progressed to bag upon bag of dumped materials (seems to
be old festival remains). I’m guessing the material are being recycled but
at a much slower rate than what is being dumped. Day after day the dumped
items just lie there. The mess is not contained in any way, and, when there
is no one working there, it’s a dirty play haven for kids. I’m sure it’s
also a nice playground for rats and other bugs and bacteria.
Can a group of people just decide to create a dumping ground without any
permit or permission? Or, is it possible they obtained permission but there
are no guidelines, and they can do what they want? Do Thai people just turn
a blind eye to this kind of thing? I would like to report the mess, but have
no idea who to report it to! Of course, maybe authorities have already been
informed, but are doing nothing.
Recycling is commendable, but there are much better ways of going about it
than creating an eyesore and environmental hazard. Where are peoples sense
of responsibility and consideration?
Yours, Flabbergasted at KSK