Paul Snowdon is a expatriate living in Thailand. He is also a journalist and freelance reporter who uses his skill to get in the face of people there as he reports on local issues that he sees need to be reported.
He is published weekly in local syndicate updates. Paul just sent me his weekly publication which I am compelled to share in its entirety. The highly contagious syndrome he cites is not something that is not confined just to Thailand.
When you see his report on the symptoms you may see similar symptoms in people at home. It will certainly make you sit up and take notice about how to get inoculated before it spreads to you and your family.
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Here is his story also subtitled, Thailand Syndrome – Have you got it?
THIS IS THAILAND
A Week in Review: October 30 – November 5, 2010
The test results came back last week, and it seems that we are suffering from a rare affliction – so rare in fact that it has been dubbed ‘Thailand Syndrome’. Find out what the symptoms are here…
The first symptom is a tendency to wait until something goes wrong and then react to it rather than be proactive and try to prevent problems from happening in the first place.
It was announced last week that the government was set to spend 20 billion baht on flood relief after the south of Thailand took its turn to be inundated by devastating floods following similar havoc in the north, northeast and central regions the week before.
Just as the 100 million baht spent on compensating red shirt protesters would have been better spent on alleviating poverty, so the 20 billion spent on flood relief could have been used more effectively on flood prevention or even enforcing existing laws designed to protect society.
The second system is an overwhelming desire to place personal interests before anything else, often resulting in a complete disregard for the laws of the land.
Following the revelation that many of the floods were exacerbated by the land encroachment of greedy developers, it was revealed last week that a businessman had encroached on forest reserve land to expand a golf course in Korat – the province most severely affected by devastating floods caused by land encroachment.
While the media made a point of announcing that the businessman had close ties to Phuea Thai, he is just the latest in a long list of selfish individuals from all sides of the political spectrum who rape the country for their own personal benefit.
This second symptom is by no means confined to the upper echelons of our society, however. It is an infection that has spread pervasively from the very top to the very bottom.
Last week also saw the tragic deaths of 8 people – including 2 children – with another 8 seriously injured after a van plunged from an elevated expressway and burst into flames. The driver was found to have broken several laws, including speeding, reckless driving, illegally operating a passenger vehicle, overloading, and illegally converting a van to run on gas.
The third symptom of Thailand Syndrome is the uncontrollable urge to attack the people who expose illegal activities rather than admitting guilt or defending one’s actions.
Following the release of video footage allegedly showing Constitution Court judges colluding to cover up fraudulent activities, Jarun Pukditanakul, a Constitution Court judge, said that it had been agreed by all of the court’s judges during a meeting on Monday that they would not issue a statement to refute the video, but would instead file a complaint asking police to take legal action against whoever is responsible for its release.
So there you have it – Thailand Syndrome. Apparently, it is not fatal, although it is highly contagious.
Paul Snowdon – November 6, 2010
Original post is at http://nakedfarang.com/nakednews/thisisthailand30.php