The nearly 100 billion baht of taxpayers' money to finance the first-car buyer scheme would have been better used to improve public transportation. Indeed, who could argue with that? But as a mother with a daughter living in a society marked by a rape culture, I totally understand why many parents feel they cannot let this first-car scheme pass them by.
No, these parents aren't buying a car to get themselves another status symbol, nor to pamper their kids. It's for their daughters' safety and their own peace of mind when their daughters travel at night. As simple as that.
My single, female colleagues normally don't understand this kind of fear and they like to make jokes about me being too protective by driving my teenage girl places instead of allowing her to "experience some freedom". Of course, they have a car to ensure their own safety at nighttime.
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