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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Appearance can be deceptive
October 8, 2008
An uneasy lull has returned to the City of Angels after a day of bloodletting on the streets which left two people dead and 443 injured, including four who lost one of their legs or arms from what suspected to be bomb explosions. The only incident today is that hundreds of People's Alliance for Democracy supporters marched from their protest site to the Ministry of Foreign Ministry to protest against Prime Mininister Somchai Wongsawat who was scheduled to brief Bangkok-based foreign diplomats about the dramatic event yesterday.
Is this a lull before a storm? We will soon find out just as many of us in this Land of Smiles has found out that somebody's words of wisdom that ''Appearance can be Deceptive'' has never been more true. How gullible we are that we had been led to believe that someone so gentle, soft-spoken and appeared to be accommodating like Prime Minister Somchai could turn out to be so heartless, ruthless and merciless.
We should have known before. In fact, Mother Nature has taught us not to trust some brightly-coloured plants or animals because they may be poisonous. Carnivorous plants lure insects to their death with their bright colours or strong scents. Brightly-coloured frogs too are deadly dangerous and should be left untouched.
The prime minister was totally unemotional and showed no remorse when he delivered his policy statement to the parliament. Meanwhile outside the parliament, anti-riot police unleashed salvo after salvo of tear gas into the crowd of protesters. Dozens of protesters were injured at the time of the policy announcement.
Yet after finishing with his solo policy announcement, the prime minister still had the nerve to plead for reconciliation for the benefits of the country. How pathetic and indifferent he was? But not just the prime minister, the rest of the cabinet members and members of the parliament from the coalition parties appeared to share the same attitude. All of them were safe and sound in the confine of the parliament. They were totally ignorant that each time that the access to the parliament was to be opened to let them in and out meant that the police had to lobbed dozens of tear gas at the protesters in order to disperse them. And in the process of so doing, some of the protesters were injured.
Unfortunately, the scene inside the parliament during the policy announcement was completely overshadowed by the street bloodletting. A lot of people has missed the interesting scene although relatively less dramatic. It was the battle of rhetorics between one female senator, Ms Rosana Tositrakul and a pack of wolves from the People Power party.
The iron lady feared by many state enterprises for her stiff resistance against privatisation took to the floor to interrupt the prime minister while the latter delivered his policy statement without first asking for a permssiion from the parliament president. She kept on talking despite protests from the other legislators and an order from the parliament president for her to leave the chamber. At one point during the heated arguments, she was surrounded in the middle of male MPs with one intimidating-looking PPP member kept pointing his finger a few inches from her face. Lucky for her, there was no untoward incident and she was led out of the chamber with her husband by her side.
Theorically, the government now can start functioning after the policy announcement. But for how long? How many weeks or days from now?
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