Give a damn for poor Thais

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Editor;

Re: Beggars face arrest as new begging law comes into force July 28 (PM July 25, 2016) – Great, first clear all the street vendors off the streets now it’s the homeless and starving. But of course Thailand must look pretty for the tourists, don’t give a damn for the poor Thais. Call the cops if you see a beggar, No! Call the General/PM he will be so pleased you are doing your duty. What country in the world has a law like that? I am passing this article on to journalist friends in Australia and England. I will let you know what reaction I get…

Derrick Titmus

  • Robert

    I am sorry you don’t seem to quite “get it” with the beggars on the street. Often they are Burmese slaves run by criminal gangs who are horribly mistreated by their Thai slave owners. By removing the profit from this illegal activity by banning it honestly more can be done for disadvantaged people. As to the food vendors how do you prevent spread of illness? This is a “look back” to 2012 and this is where the “beggars” come from. This is forced labor: https://www.hrw.org/report/2012/09/12/ad-hoc-and-inadequate/thailands-treatment-refugees-and-asylum-seekers

    • Dana

      All civilizations eventually find that they have to set standards for behavior. When has Thailand ever done this?

  • Chris

    I am all for clearing out the beggars, a good proportion of them are not even Thai but are illegally in the country to beg, organised crime is behind most of them and children are ‘provided’ to make them more profitable.
    As to the food vendors, by all means have some sort of checks on their food safety (that will be a first in Thailand) but the vast majority are providing a much appreciated service and driving them away will just put money into restaurant/hotel owners pockets who will then be able to up their prices. Street food is an integral part of Asian culture.

  • Robert

    Usually provision is made for food vendors with permits to relocate to a fixed location so that they are not in the public way and can dispose of their cooking “leavings” in a responsible way. (This as opposed to used cooking oil down the nearest sewer and into ocean) It does nothing for the betterment of tourism to report an outbreak of “Bangkok Belly.” Attempts to regulate cleanliness have just been a source of income to the wrong people, plus the same gangs demand money from them for “protection” if you understand organized crime. It has been all over “Pattaya Mail” about rodents running rampant on Beach Road. We cannot have a lack of rodents with a food source on wheels on every corner and the attendant food scraps. Remember too, restaurants are major employers of people who deserve to make a living and neighborhoods are full of 60 baht meals in small restaurants. The restaurants you refer to are on Pattaya Beach Road and Walking Street…..not where locals live.