Let me briefly use the tuk tuk drivers as example. They will blockade the port demanding a share of the business yet at the same time demanding a fee that is borderline on usery. IF the service was worth what they charge, I would have no qualms but it isn't.
On the other side of this equation is the meter taxis. They provide a good service at a fair price and while many are well maintained, there are others with no business on the road. This morning was just such an example. My taxi to my appointment was brand new and had less than 1000 Km on it. The trip back from my appointment should have been junked about 5 years ago and had/has no business on the road.
As foreigners we use many of the businesses and infrastructure created by countries other than Thailand. I personally believe that if all countries with any type of business or influence in Thailand were to pull out and leave, Thailand would be back in the 19th century within 2 years. If Thailand is to succeed in the world and reduce its dependence on the outside world, it must change its educational system. The same education available to the rich and affluent MUST be made available to the less wealthy and less affluent. If Thailand does not do this Thailand's educational system will only produce the next generation of farmers / farm workers, factory workers, street vendors and bar girls.
Giving iPads or laptops to every student is NOT the answer to the education issue. The answer is good teachers in all the schools and a full court press to eliminate graft and corruption that runs rampant.
Sorry to be rambling.....
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Those so-called 'grassroots red leaders' have now become the new 'amarts' that they so despised and use to turn the real disenfranchised against. Do you see that they live in expensive homes, have maids and nurse-maids for their children, and send their children to international schools here and abroad? Many foreigners innocently believe in the hype and have not looked closely at the 'mouthpiece', those who have deceived and //// to the real 'Prai' in the countryside.
Where are those red leaders now that they have been gifted with ministerial and parliamentary positions when their supporters are inundated for the past months?
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stilljustbrowsing wrote:Ouch! You forgot to mention, souvinier shops and the makers of said souviniers, taxi drivers (with or without "meters") Tourist bus companies, tourist guides, the list goes on and on!
By Thai law, you (farang) can own a business here but you cannot work in it, therefore, how many more Thais would be out of work! (if all the foreigners were made to leave) Dear oh dear.
It is amazing how people try to brame others for their problems. Forget about it!!!
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