It is the first coup in 15 years . There have been 17 of them between 1932 and 1991. So its nothing new to the Thais i suppose.
My brother's in Bangkok right now for work. Just called him to check if he was OK and how was the situation there.
According to him, everything's normal. In fact, most people there were acting "boh chap" about the whole situation.
Just pray and hope it does not get any worse...
everything is ok...under control. very peaceful. life as usual. there are some soldiers at traffic intersections. thats all.
thank god I decided to go to Bali for our honeymoon next week, was choosing between Phuket or Bali. Luckily decided to go to Bali
People should not be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of the people. - V
When the people fear their goverment there is tyranny, when the goverment fears the people there is LIBERTY! - Thomas Jefferson
dont worry. can come to bangkok. it's very peaceful as if nothing has happened. there is no tension at all and life as usual.Originally Posted by GreyShadow
After having lived through 18 coup d' etat so far, the Thais are like the radio advertisement by Standard Chartered Bank. Nothing surprises them.Originally Posted by sinleong
i hope one day we can withness such event in boleh land...
I wonder...some countries seem to be better off (or more consistently under) a military regime...
Pakistan is an example...many would say there was less corruption and political and social issues under General Zia-ul-Haq
I dont think that Malaysia would be better off under a military regime...actually, the military here seems to have a very low profile.
One interesting thing about this coup would be the fact that the general involved is muslim...and was tipped to head the army because he might be able to solve the insurgency in Southern Thailand.
Maybe the Hadyai bombings were the final straw...too much of Thaksin playing politics, not enough solutions to the insurgency?
ps. maybe these two threads about the coup can be merged
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The way I look at it, every leader that comes to power has to cope with different priorities, objectives, their country's current situation and circumstances at hand. The country can have the best leaders and brains but if its so messy, it'll still take lots of time to realise or achieve desired objectives. Everytime a new leader takes over, its not surprising he/she has to clean up the sh*t left behind, not to mention truck loads may continuously pour in this miniute as we speak. This happens almost everywhere, IMHO.Originally Posted by AllUrban
Its always grossly unfair to judge or compare any country's leadership with its predecessors.
This is a good opportunity for the army to address the insurgent problem in the South once for all. Something Thaskin found it too sensitive to respond. Could this be the reason for this bloodless coup?
You won't if those who overturns the bolehland government are those radical muslims, e.g. KMM etc.Originally Posted by blurrman
The coup leader, Sondhi, is a muslim. I think this is good for thailand for a change.
no coup is good for any country. it sets a very bad and dangerous precedent. its a step backwards to the dark ages. thailand is under martial law now. the press is controlled and anyone who opposes the military regime will be arrested. what is so good? more dangerous... thailand will never grow up as a matured democracy.
Sinleong is on the dot I think. A coup is not good for any democratic country. In this particular case, the coup is a symptom of a deeper issue. Due to flaws in the constitution and the sharing of powers, a quasi-election could be pushed through, and though the election later was deemed unconstitutional, the PM was still able to cling to power.
We should be painfully aware that Malaysia is not invulnerable to such things. By virtue of the ruling government having had 2/3rds majority, our constitution and sharing of powers have also been eroded since merdeka. The way elections are conducted here, making it increasingly impossible for opposition to phrase, promote and explain their ideologies and political programmes before the election is over, depriving voters of a real choice, is drawing us dangerously close to a Thai-like situation. Hence this is a warning sign for us too.