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Thank you to the helpful policeman

Dear Editor,
I live in a small side soi off a busy street and it is often blocked by cars who don’t seem to understand that people will need to turn in and out of this street. Yesterday, I was trying to turn into my soi and while one car made (barely enough) room, another car just sat there, partially blocking the entrance. A frustrated off duty policeman got out of his truck and waved at the guy to move out of the entrance. So, thank you to that policeman for doing his job even when he was off duty. It was greatly appreciated.
However, I do wish they would get involved more regularly in these kinds of situations. All too often I see police ignoring situations where their involvement would be of great help. I was told that the only police who will deal with traffic problems are the traffic police. Surely it is the duty of every police officer to help where it is most needed.
Signed,
A frustrated motorist


Butchered trees on the Mae Kha Canal

Dear Editor,
The trees retaliate with words, these are pictures of Mae Kha butchered trees and protest signs adorning the suffering survivors erected this Monday morning (December 24, 2012_ with the assistance of Chang Klan locals.
Residents say the Tessaban did this vandalism. Further down the path where, at their own expense, residents cut the grass, the trees are unscathed and the place looks neat, tidy and lovely.
Regards
Ricky


The minimum wage issue

Dear Editor,
The economic situation and short sightedness in the Thai economy is a big problem, holding back the country in its development, both on a national and international level. Not a good situation considering the opening of AEC in 2015.
The continued looking for the cheapest deal and being uncreative copycats is creating the very problem they are trying to fight during this economic recession and times of hardship. It also instills a feeling of being untouchable for the industry leaders and officials taking advantage of this system.
Encouraging minimal margins and cutting corners on quality creates a market awareness of cheaper is better, leaving producers and retailers poor and reducing competitive strengths on an international level.
I understand that the minimal wages paid to labour in Thailand don’t allow for many luxuries , but we must insist that this needs to change, to truly allow this market to open up on a competitive level. So please do bring the minimum wage rise as soon as possible and enhance trade systems, spending plans and economic planning for the middle and higher classes. Start the engine and start it in a clever way.
Yours,
Michelle Deweirdt


Re: Traffic congestion editorial

Dear Editor
Your opinion piece on traffic congestion was timely and accurate, as far as it went.
Like the other perennial problems also never properly tackled - the smoke and burning in and around the March period and the issue of safety on the roads it requires a great deal more will power and draconian action than is normally displayed by the authorities. It also demands something alien to Thais - an ‘intrusion’ into their personal lives and individual action.
To tackle congestion and the eventual gridlock which faces the city the current way of life on the roads will need a complete reversal; Tough action on parking including parking meters, a possible congestion charge or other restriction on entering the city such as the odd number- even number system, the provision of adequate public transport, courtesy to other drivers which allows flexible movement of traffic, car parks rather than other new buildings and a lack of selfishness on the part of drivers and motor-cyclists. Plus traffic wardens and police action, the use of cameras and stiff fines. I don’t envy the person having to enforce what is needed.
Signed,
Brian,
Chiang Mai resident and car driver


Foreigner this way please

Dear Editor,
In response to ‘Doi Suthep Lover’ (Mailbag Dec 16-29) re discriminatory pricing at Doi Suthep Temple, I am able to submit this quote from the National Parks Act (Cht 4 Section 23) as sent to me a few years ago by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
“Places of worship in Thailand of all denominations are generally open to the public at various times of day and welcoming. Most happen to be Buddhist. Buddhist practice embraces all individuals and does not exclude the participation of individuals who are non-Thai or non-Buddhist. All visitors to Thailand who wish to learn more about the country and its culture, Thai customs, tradition and Thai ways are welcome to witness and experience all aspects of Thai life up close and personal. It is hoped that their experiences are positive and memorable, and that they will be happy to make a small donation to help keep alive Thai customs and traditions, and generally support the country’s cultural heritage.”
It would seem then that by charging a compulsory entrance fee the authorities at Doi Suthep are actually breaking the law.
Charging ‘Farang’ and not Thai visitors is definitely, at least, against the spirit of the law.
Furthermore TAT has provided a contact for complaints if one feels discriminated against.
Reporting unethical practice: Tel/Fax: +66 (0) 2216 6512. E-mail: [email protected]
But good luck communicating with them; I have found that they NEVER reply!
So the anti-Farang discrimination continues as it always has.
Regards
A Farang


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Thank you to the helpful policeman

Butchered trees on the Mae Kha Canal

The minimum wage issue

Re: Traffic congestion editorial

Foreigner this way please

 

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