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Get tough with trawlers, win over Muslims

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Want to win the hearts and minds of the Malay Muslims in the restive South? Stop thinking about using military force. Think instead of how to give them back their region's once abundant food. 

Here's where to start: Get tough with the trawlers. I'm not joking.

Much has been said about the locals' deep resentment rooted in the history of the old Patani kingdom being annexed by force by Bangkok. Who can deny the southern Muslims' simmering pain when they are treated like second-class citizens? But what made it explode into violence?

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