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Surin: Thais must lose contented mindset

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Thais must change their contented mentality that has existed since the post-colonial period to adapt in a highly competitive global environment, says Surin Pitsuwan, the former secretary-general of Asean. 

Though it was a founding member of Asean in 1967, Thailand has been surpassed by other Asean nations in economic integration because of said mentality, corruption and inadequate attention to improving competitiveness, he added.

"Five years as Asean's secretariat has given me opportunities to reflect on Thailand from the outside," said Mr Surin, whose term ended on Jan 1.

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