The 90-second Rosetta Stone spoof was priceless _ it shows once again that Thais can laugh at others, but when faced with a mirror, they cannot laugh at themselves.
Face it folks, what's true is true. I suppose there are no sex venues in Pattaya, Bangkok, etc. All that exists only in one's imagination.
Why not ask many tourists the real reason they come to Thailand? It's not, as the culture minister claims, to see beautiful beaches and historic temples. Thais are in desperate need of a reality check.
Manich sets an example
I read with regret about the resignation of Manich Sooksomchitra, acting chairman of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University (BP, Feb 6), especially the reason for his decision.
Looking at our society, doubts often creep into my mind about how long our beloved country can withstand the widespread deceit, greed and fraud plaguing it.
It must have been a very difficult decision for Mr Manich, but at least he upheld a traditional Thai value _ to sacrifice oneself for the benefit of the majority.
We need more people like Mr Manich to save our beloved country from destruction, more space for good people to work when we cannot rid of the evil ones.
I would end by borrowing from John F Kennedy's inaugural address: ''ask not what your country can do for you''. But you have certainly done something for our country _ thank you Mr Manich!
Surprised by new scam
I am in total agreement with Pichaya Svasti's article (''Double pricing headaches'', BP, Feb 5) about the practice of overcharging tourists in Thailand.
Although I am a tourist from England it's not a big problem for me as I have visited Thailand over 50 times, can count in Thai and know the correct price for most things.
However, what did surprise me today is that on two consecutive express boat trips I was not exactly cheated but there was certainly an attempt to cheat the company.
On both occasions my wife and I were charged the correct fare but in one case were given only one ticket and in the other no tickets at all. When I pointed this out the missing tickets were issued with a shrug, but how many tourists would insist on that and how much extra ends up in the ticket seller's pocket? Perhaps an undercover investigation might sort out the bad apples.
Justice can be sickening
It is surprising how wealthy and influential convicts, like Kamnan Poh, suddenly become wheelchair-bound or otherwise immobile after being captured and sent to prison.
I believe fugitive banker Rakesh Saxena and Ms Arroyo in the Philippines also suddenly needed to be taken to hospital urgently when faced with justice. Of course, it might just be the strain of finally getting caught.
Rifts assured on rate cuts
The current feud between the political and traditional economists on the policy interest rate, (''Kittiratt adds pressure'', BP, Feb 6), reminds me of the words of the British economist Joan Robinson _ ''the purpose of studying economics is to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists''.
Unlike science, there is no precision in this subject. It is based more on subjective opinions of which choices are best. Alan Greenspan was lauded as high priest pre-2008 and is now partly blamed for the US financial crisis of 2008.
Looking back, the current US Federal Reserve governor Ben Bernanke has admitted to being too optimistic and not cautious enough in 2008, as revealed in the minutes of Fed committee meetings. Diversified opinions are natural and inevitable among economists. No economist in his right mind can ever claim his opinion is superior to another's.
So, I hope the members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), who are by law appointed to voice their opinions expertly and independently, will not be crucified for doing exactly that. Also, for the sake of stability, the current central bank governor should remain in his place irrespective of the final MPC decision on the rate cut on Feb 20.
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