Connect with us

The week that was in Thailand news: Throwing the toys out of the pram

Bangkok

The week that was in Thailand news: Throwing the toys out of the pram

Thailand went back to school this week, but everyone was behaving like children. So why shouldn’t I!

Once again it was shown that the Thais will never, ever grow up. Evidence of this fact was prevalent all over the news pages of Thaivisa. Additionally, in a week when foreign retirees got what many saw as a further nail in their Thai coffin, “guests” of the Kingdom joined in the fun with dozens of forum curmudgeons behaving just as childlike as the Thai adults they so frequently choose to admonish. 

They did this via the comments section of the stories few had actually read. Maybe they can’t read or get stuck by more characters than Twitter allows. If that is you stop right here and go directly to comments without passing “Go” or even picking up your pension. If not “‘Read’ on MacDuff, And damn’d be him that first cries ‘Hold, enough!'”

Leading the way for the Thai version of childishness was the appalling reenactment of the rape of the Norwegian tourist on Koh Phangan. 

How much better it would have been if the police on the holiday island had just made their quick arrest, which it was, and – quietly – basked in the fact that they had actually done their job for once. No….that would be far too adult.

Instead they paraded the suspect with his handcuffs “Vaselined-out” as he starred with a Thai woman wearing an absurd, bright and ill-fitting blonde wig. She looked like a grotesque parody of soon to be prime minister Boris Johnson. This was clearly designed to show us idiots what a 26 year old female Norwegian victim looks like…..

The suspect was then taken to the beach where he was egged on to “mount” this bewigged creature as leering and jeering officials from the governor to the local head of police looked on with smiles on their faces. Faeces more like.

I’ve seen a thousand lurid reenactments in Thailand but this one took the biscuit. All that was missing were the relatives of the unfortunate victim having a pop at “Ai Moss” – that would have really got the puerile reporters into a frenzy. 

Frankly, I hope the 26 year old lady was not following the news. No one would blame her for going home and trying to forget all about Thailand where not only was she the victim of a serious crime perpetrated by a jailbird who should have been rotting inside, but one whose case was treated with such scandalous and unnecessary razzamatazz and frivolity. 

It was as if Big Joke was going to pop out of the Phangan undergrowth with a vinyl board under his arm and his BBF Prawit was going to endorse Rolex with a few smiles for the cameras. Nothing would surprise Rooster anymore in this land of baby-faced showmanship. 

To the victim I would like to apologize on behalf of this nation. They know not what they do. 

Compounding the childishness, and lack of thought, was the shopper at Makro who said that she always left her young son in the car playing on a phone while she did the shopping. He got trapped inside and fell asleep – he could have been dead in the heat for all she cared. Next time I suggest that he do the shopping and you, “Khun Mae” stay in the car, it’ll do everyone a favor especially if you pass out.

Have these people not read the stories of how little ones left in vehicles can die within minutes in the extraordinary heat? Yes, the air-con was on but what if he turned off the engine or it fell silent. When does a parent in this country grow up enough to have children…..I know I’m a fine one to talk, but at least I care about safety. 

Then we had another parent adding insult to infant injury. She not only left her kid in the car but had the sheer temerity to ask for money from a woman who slightly damaged her vehicle trying to save him. Surely it’s time to introduce a voluntary sterilization program just in case they pass on any more genes….

As ridiculous as these stories were the reaction to the cabinet decision to impose mandatory health insurance on long term visitors to Thailand was just as child-like. For page after tedious page the forum went round in circles as tantrums were displayed that would get even a pacifist’s child slapped. 

Xenophobia they screamed. Another nail in my coffin, they yelled. What do they want, blood?, they bleated. I’m off, Panama here I come. Don’t wipe your feet on the way out…blah blah blah….

Actually the Thais just want you to be able to pay for your healthcare and stop sponging on their system by not paying your bills. A system that most people living the so called dream in Thailand have never paid into.  

And before you castigate Rooster for being an “I’m all right Jack” Thai resident I’ll have you know that I have money in the bank legitimately earned in Thailand – on which I paid 22% tax to the tune of millions of baht.  Money that I keep aside to pay for my health care should it be needed. I’m a long term Thai resident but have no more right to free or cut price treatment than retirees do. The difference is I’m not complaining – I happen to love it here even if I do throw my toys out of the pram from time to time.

We all know that the vocal majority on Thaivisa are the tip of an unpleasant iceberg. There are many good people who think clearly, have reasoned opinions and weigh up their options when news like this is announced. It’s just a pity that usually they keep themselves to themselves. If they do take to the comments section they are drowned out in childish bawling by people who profess to be in the know. People who conclude their banal statements with sentence finishers like “End Of”. 

The real nature of the good and thoughtful people on Thaivisa was borne out by the results of a Thaivisa straw poll that suggested that two thirds of respondents actually agreed with the cabinet’s proposals. (A survey that only served to inspire yet more posters to throw out yet more “khong len” from those prams).

It is perfectly reasonable that long stay visitors to Thailand – even retirees – should have medical insurance and it should be compulsory. Or they should have the means  – through millions of baht not just a few hundred thousand – to pay for their care. Why would you expect to do anything else coming half way round the world to a foreign country when you are over 70, 60 or even 50?

Most of the negative reaction comes from Thaivisa’s 40% ageing British clientele. They got used to the National Health Service from their Nanny State and are now horrified that the authorities in the UK are perpetually trying to deny them healthcare in the land of their birth because they have moved abroad. Suck it up folks and do something about that rather than whinging like so many spoiled brats and taking it out on Thailand.

Other posters who should know better are those who profess to know about medical issues. These come crawling out of the cyber woodwork making it appear that TV is populated by none other than doctors with nurses for wives. Here they were on a story about blood infected with HIV at Bumrungrad and a thread started by someone who ghoulishly asked if they knew people who had died from HIV/AIDS. 

Childish playground-style spats resulted between supposed adults over who knows more about the transmission of HIV, the likelihood of getting the virus, the costs of treatment and the outcomes for those who end up needing treatment. Why go onto such forums when you know nothing – is it fun for you to scaremonger? Won’t your Thai missus listen to you or can’t you communicate with her in Thai? Either way, please keep your frustrations to yourself.

It is dangerous regurgitating interminable claptrap online whether it is xenophobic bashing of Thai people or the spouting of unsubstantiated or out-of-date drivel regarding medical issues. Just give it a rest. Take a “bex” or talk to the next person on the bar stool. 

By this point I’m sure many readers, if they haven’t turned to mumsy in disgust, are going to comments to complain. So I’d better switch to having another go at the Thais….then maybe they’ll feel better….

What was the following parent thinking? This was the immigration policeman in Pattaya who let his five year old wander out onto the corridor balcony high up in the hotel while he slept. She lived which was of course wonderful in the normal, human response kind of way. But tragic in that she must likely return to that so-called father who showed scant regard for her welfare. 

Meanwhile, Thais were implored by the Labor Department to continue to rat on foreigners for doing their jobs. What nonsense; much of the low wage jobs are done by migrants because the locals are too lazy to work for minimum wage. Get out there and do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pocket-money. You’ll feel better for it and mummy and daddy might buy you a fake chocolate Beng-Beng from Sewen.

Which brings me neatly onto the German guy called Mr Max who was helping out his Thai wife in Pak Chong at the family BBQ stall selling chicken while the wife’s mum was ill. Stop telling me that he needs a work permit and get a bloomin’ life. Read the story. The guy was back in Thailand while his wife gave birth in her hometown – why shouldn’t he help out the family? It’s called being human. 

Show me one case where a foreigner was doing such a casual thing and got prosecuted or thrown out of Thailand. I promise to investigate and put it at the top of the news for all to see. Yes, I thought so. You don’t have any do you – it’s just your childish imagination that wants to score points even though you have not a shred of evidence.

With Rooster’s ranting reaching record rage levels – the “R’s you don’t learn in Thai school and the toys scattered far and wide – it may be best to digress to a few more gentler topics before my Bad Manners cause me to Buster Bloodvessel. But let’s continue with the theme of children, they like a good joke too….

A Democrat – remember those that used to have a political party in Thailand – said it was time to do away with school uniforms in LOS. That sounded like the the most childish suggestion of some junior high student council. Stop uniforms in Thailand? Stop them in schools? Are you serious….the next thing you’ll be talking about is educational reform or, shock horror, training the teachers to teach! Silly boy! Go home and write 100 lines: “I must wear Khaki”. 

Then there were all the irate Thai netizens – who invariably have a collective mental age that would make retirees look young – who signed a petition calling for the embalmed body of child eating cannibal Si Quey to be given a decent burial rather than kept on show at the Sirirat Medical Museum. Please…..don’t these so called adults know that stories of the “Bogey Man” are used by us parents to keep the little ones in their place…..without it we are powerless to refuse their requests for iPads and iPhones when they are still six but have already learned to control us. 

Leave Si Quey on display – in fact get some other glass cases prepared so we can display members of the junta if they ever do us the honor of dying. Now that would be scary. 

Parent to child in 2050: “Johnny do your homework or we’ll leave you alone with the General”.

Apropos Big Too told us this week that he would do “better and better” if called upon to front the next government. Like a child he assumes that we now accept that he was “called upon” before. You weren’t and you haven’t been now. And you can stick all your massive infrastructure projects up your junta. Those were envisioned before you came along to claim the credit.

One such project is the much vaunted High Speed Rail project linking Don Muang, Suwannaphum and U-Tapao via that lovely family resort called Pattaya. This week Thailand’s richest man – Dhanin Chearavanont, who is really a grocer – proposed to build it with some mates. I hope he knows his railways tracks from his onions. Rooster will be glad if he takes some of the cars off the road as I shall be driving to the Eastern Seaboard in the first ten years of the railway’s operation just to be on the safe side. Fancy saying that on Thailand’s roads!

Talking of QUOTES – the Queen Of The Eastern Seaboard – Sophon TV banged on about the state of the beach with all the speedboat operators refusing to use what is commonly known as a pier in preference for the sand to moor their boats. The authorities in Pattaya have shown as much sense of advance planning as a newborn in hopelessly underestimating demand at Bali Hai. Now they are left high and dry with an almighty mess.

Nearly as much mess, in fact, as the British man who jumped from the sixth floor to the first on Thursday afternoon at Central Festival. Thai media claimed that Central had trained their staff to mop up and get the shoppers back without waiting for police or rescue services to arrive. 

I mean it is not as if they can do anything and who cares about the law anyway. Shift the corpse to hospital and be damned about any regulations. We have money to think about.

Besides, rules are for children and their teachers, aren’t they?

Rooster

Continue Reading

More in Bangkok

Join our newsletter

Events

september, 2019

06feb(feb 6)00:0031dec(dec 31)23:59New Flavours at Trader Vic’s at Anantara Riverside Bangkok ResortChef Manuel Gastelum launches Trader Vic’s new menu for a new year, with an exotic medley of Pacific Rim flavours.

03mar(mar 3)11:3029dec(dec 29)15:30Every Sunday Penthouse Brunch at Park Hyatt BangkokMake Penthouse Brunch the highlight of your Sunday and immerse in a one-of-a-kind brunch experience above the city.

17mar(mar 17)12:0029dec(dec 29)15:00Sunday Brunch at NEXT2 Café, Shangri-La Hotel, BangkokSunday Brunch at NEXT2 Café is packed with wonderful flavors awaiting your indulgence. Enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.

31mar(mar 31)12:3029dec(dec 29)16:00Glamorous Black & White Sunday Brunch at Siam Kempinski Hotel BangkokCome celebrate a leisurely afternoon indulging in gourmet delights, caviar tasting, Blanc de Blancs champagne and smooth jazz at Brasserie Europa one of Bangkok’s best brunch places.

14apr(apr 14)12:0005jan(jan 5)15:30Gourmet Sunday Brunch with Unlimited Lobster at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, BangkokA special seafood selection sumptuous spring vegetable salads, splendid carvery, plus grills, foie gras and more live stations, enhance the array.

18apr(apr 18)18:3026dec(dec 26)22:30Along the Silk Road Night at Shangri-La Hotel, BangkokTake the venture along the Silk Road on every Thursday night at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok’s NEXT2 Café.

20jun(jun 20)11:2530dec(dec 30)23:59Green Tea Detox at Anantara Spa Anantara Riverside Bangkok ResortAt Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort’s award-winning spa, we draw on the powers of nature to rejuvenate. Green tea is known for its soothing properties for both body and mind. Polyphenols reduce inflammation, caffeine stimulates circulation, and antioxidants slow down the natural ageing process.

01sep08:2630(sep 30)08:26‘Crafty Half’ Promotion at Craft Sukhumvit 23Make this a September to remember, as Craft Sukhumvit 23 presents our promotion of the month, the “Crafty Half”, offering 1 full pint for the price of a half pint on select products from Smiling Mad Dog this 1st – 30th of September, from noon until 6pm! Plus our house DJ, DJ Maxxx entertaining you from 6 p.m. until late every Thursday – Saturday!

01sep08:3930(sep 30)08:39September Glenfiddich Specials at WhisgarsWhisgars on Soi 23, Sukhumvit’s premier whisky and cigar lounge, is pleased to announce a fresh promotion of the month, Glenfiddich Specials, with a superb offer of a flight of Glenfiddich Whisky at just 500B.++, including 12YO, 15YO and 18YO every day from 2pm – 2am.

11sep(sep 11)18:5623oct(oct 23)18:56A Cultural Tour De forceBangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music is back with its 21st edition celebrating the ultimate in opera, ballet, music and more from Sept 11 to Oct 23

14sep(sep 14)19:3013oct(oct 13)21:00Disney’s The Lion King at Muangthai Rachadalai TheatreTHE WORLD’S #1 MUSICAL, DISNEY’S THE LION KING TO PREMIERE IN BANGKOK THIS SEPTEMBER

15sep(sep 15)19:0022(sep 22)21:00So Amazing Chef at SO Sofitel BangkokSO Sofitel Bangkok turns the city on with the most anticipated 8-day long culinary event gathering 8 Michelin-starred chefs to cook a storm at its dynamic dining spaces.

21sep(sep 21)14:5306oct(oct 6)14:53Let’s celebrate Oktoberfest 2019 at The Irish Pub Bangkok Four Points by SheratonDuring Saturday 21st September – Sunday 6th October 2019, from 10.00 hrs. – Midnight, ‘The Irish Pub Bangkok’ at Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15 invites you and your friends to join the ‘Oktoberfest 2019’ This sleek and comfy Irish pub will celebrate Oktoberfest in style, with a special food and beverage plus live entertainment.

23sepalldayMonday Night Rock & Roll at O’Malley’s Irish PubMonday Night Rock & Roll continues next Monday!! Kai will be performing hits from 1970s to now! Come early for a delicious dinner and drinks.

26sep18:0021:00Thailand Professionals networking event at Brasserie 9Thailand Professionals cordially invites you to an evening out with all other expat local business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and career-minded professionals on Thursday 26th September.

26sep(sep 26)19:3027(sep 27)22:30Swan Lake on Ice – The Imperial Ice Stars at Thailand Cultural CentreWith Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, exhilarating new choreography from leading ice director Tony Mercer, and dazzling costumes (110 costumes), this innovative portrayal of the classic love story is breathtaking.

28sep(sep 28)11:0029(sep 29)19:00The Promise by Conrad Weddings at Conrad BangkokPlan your wedding in Conrad Bangkok’s newly refurbished Grand Ballroom and honeymoon in paradise at the most beautiful beaches in the world.

28sep(sep 28)11:0007oct(oct 7)22:00Vegetarian Week at Fei Ya, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong HotelExecutive Chef Cheung Chin Choi welcomes you to celebrate the ninth Lunar Chinese month with Tesagan Gin Je Festival which is happening from the week from 28 September to 7 October 2019 at Fei Ya, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel.

28sep(sep 28)14:3029(sep 29)17:30Cinderella on Ice – The Imperial Ice Stars at Thailand Cultural CentreA triumphant production with beautiful sets and world champion skaters, it is a dramatic and novel interpretation of the timeless fairytale, with a stunning new score.

30sep19:0022:00Eat Drink Pink 2019 at The Peninsula BangkokMegatix Thailand is proud to join the Peninsula Bangkok to present Eat Drink Pink 2019 Charity Event

Trending

Sponsor

To Top
X