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  • #91
    Originally posted by brian99 View Post
    Correction: 'unfortunately very little has convinced me so far that it will happen'.
    Will happen, emphasis on 'will happen' future tense. Would it help if I had said "very little I have read so far has convinced me that it will happen" again future tense. Yes, they haven't even formed a government yet, but they have been campaigning for months, on a platform of pie in the sky promises that are unachievable without sending the country in to a financially downward spiral. That is what convinces me, I know they cannot live up to their promises, and they know it too, but the people believe them.

    For the rest.

    Most of the people I live with can speak Khmen, but they are not Khmer, most of the people think they can speak Lao, but they don't, as you would find out if you spent any time in Laos with one of them as I have.

    Teaching Khmen in school? most of the kids are conversant in Khmen/Pah Sah Isaan well before they ever get to school, the schools have to teach Thai starting at a very basic level.

    But if you came here and tried to suggest to them though, that they are anything other than Thai, you would not be welcome here very long, if you said that in some places here, you would be here for a very very long time..... well, your remains would.

    Can I assume that you spend most of your time in Bangkok as your profile would suggest, if so, for your safety and sanity it may be best to stay there.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by brian99 View Post

      Your concern for the Thai people is touching, but I thought that ones you lived with were Khamin? How about starting a campaign for the teaching of the Khamin language in 'Thai' Schools in Sissaket and Surin, if you are so concerned?
      Brian, For someone who lived in Thailand for so long, and have contacts that give you inside knowledge to amazing facts about the Thai economy, even knowing that there are many who don't pay tax, for which I gave you great credit in a previous post, how is it you know so little about Thailands people. The quote above sounds very racist to me. Do you feel that those Thais who speak Khmer and who have come from parents who are Khmer, are not Thai?

      For someone who lived in Thailand for, what was it, 7 years, as a school teacher, I believe, and you use a word like Khamin. Sums up the reality of your knowledge, and your prejudice.

      Dave.

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      • #93
        Ohhh! Non Thais arguing about Thai politics, love it

        I would imagine one could live 100 years in Thailand and still never get your head around the rational about why they voted this or that way.

        BTW, for all his faults (bad and even very bad ones) Thaksin was the only PM to acknowledge that ‘personal’ foreign land ownership needed to be addressed and even suggested a foreigner should be able to own the land he builds a house on. Even if it was only token, and extending to half a rai.
        This is contrary to the anti-foreigner sentiments quoted elsewhere.
        Just like the present day UK, Thailand would collapse inwards to obscurity without foreign investment and tourism.
        That said, the majority of indigenous Thais that voted may not particularly care about us and are only being (possibly right) by thinking of themselves and their immediate future.
        I agree with Thad (sometimes reluctantly) that some in Bangkok seem to be in a different country or even planet to the reality of most of Thailand.



        ‘Tai’
        Ever wonder why roads in Thailand need resurfaced so often!

        I can, if you have a couple of days to hear the reason why but can assure you 100% of an allocated budget IS spent on the project. I think you mean who gets what and from where out of the budget spent.

        What a great thread
        Judging others before you have met isn't a wise option.

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        • #94
          Dave, I'm not sure a direct comparison can be made or is of any value? But taxation in Thailand in 10/11 represented 17% of GDP. In the UK for 08/09, net Govt revenue from taxation was 40% of GDP.
          'Tis me

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          • #95
            Originally posted by ian1208 View Post

            What a great thread
            Agree with that ian, they should have more elections in LOS

            colin 244

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            • #96
              Seems the thread starter is quite
              Judging others before you have met isn't a wise option.

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              • #97
                Originally posted by ian1208 View Post
                Seems the thread starter is quite
                Yep, I've checked their website every day since this topic started, so far, zip.

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