Engagement, not containment, is the key to addressing Thailand's southern insurgency, says former Malaysian prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The policy can be delivered through the provision of quality education and employment, Mr Badawi said.
Speaking on the sidelines of a joint seminar of the Thailand-Malaysia scholar network in Bangkok yesterday, Mr Badawi emphasised that the southern violence is a domestic problem for Thailand. He also described "a sense of deprivation" as being the root cause of the insurgency.
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