Thai Culture: The Fight to “Save Thailand” from “Hell Fire” Heats Up

Why does everyone wants to save me?

Why does everyone want to save me?

By Terry/tavivoot

Well, the fight for power in Thailand pretty much destroy Thailand-but now there is a new fight-and it is about “Saving Thailand.” We will have to just wait and see if this new fight will deteriorates into another round of “National Destruction.”

The Fight to Save Thailand is Heating Up:

Today, Taksin said he will be heading back to Thailand soon to “Save Thailand.” And Abhisit said trust in him that the Strong Thailand thing will “Save Thailand.”

  • And today’s poll by ABAC says 33% of Thais supported Taksin, and 31% supported Abhisit-the poll came as no surprise as Taksin has been making headway up, while Abhisit has been plunging.

But this poses the same old questions to Thais-and that is what of the future?

  • Taksin is clearly oriented towards government leading the economy and an open-democratic process-with lots of free press.
  • While Abhisit is clearly putting hope on the private sector leading the economy and a some-what closed democratic process-with lots of controlled press.

So could both Abhisit and Taksin the right thing for Thailand-since they stand virtually on the opposite end of the spectrum? It looks like two completely different routs.

Who Should Save Thailand?

Looking at Thai politics, and it is still real bad. Like today, Abhisit personal public relations man-went telling Taksin he should go to rot in hell-right on Taksin’s 60th birthday where millions are celebrating that event throughout Thailand. And the reds, responded by saying: “Lets meet and have a fist fight instead of insults.”

  • Bloomberg, the up-beat stock market investment news wire, said it pretty simply: “Thai Politics continues to simmer.” That means politics can still derail economic recovery over-night-meaning if the reds or yellow wanted to, through just one action, take Thailand down with it.

The latest poll by ABAC is interesting-because it found that 30% also do not want either Taksin or Abhisit to “Save Thailand.”

The Arguments on Both Sides are Clear:

Taksin fans says Taksin is the legit prime minister of Thailand as he was bought down by an illegal coup who crucified him with a twisted courts. Abhisit fans says he came through power legitimately and is clean and not corrupt as the evil Taksin.

  • So there appears no room to compromise at all-between these two sides. And it is a shame because Thailand had suffered much because of this conflict-where everything has deteriorated-from the economy, to democracy to liberty, to many of Thailand’s important institutions.

But as no compromise or living together in peace is the state of event-more important that believing either “Abhisit or Thaksin Can Save Thailand,” but the key question is-have Thais learned a lesson about politics?

  • Like precisely, have anything been learned at all?

“No” Learning:

The airport closure and the derail of the ASEAN head meet, two important events that hurt Thailand greatly-still are used by their supporters as a “Shining Star” of protesting performances.

  • And for all the criticism of Taksin-looks like Abhisit is about the same. Abuse of power, corruption, low moral, and a number of bad things that have infected Thai politics for ages-are still around as usual.

Nothing better has come out of all this mess in Thailand at all-with the bottom line being everything has deteriorated!

  • The lesson that should have been learned by now is to be “Moderate” not doing anything so “Drastic and Extreme.”

Americans are Just as Stubborn:

But can you say Thais are stubborn as a mule? Well in America, many are asking about the same, but it is on the economy.

  • In Thailand, the big thing is politics. But in America, bigger than politics is the economy.

So about the same question is being asked of Americans. Tom Peters, a management guru ranked in the top 10 global current living guru, asked if Americans have learned a lesson from their past mistakes-that have lead to this crisis?

  • That is because many blamed the current crisis on Americans belief that: “Nothing Exceeds Like Excess”
  • But are Thais also in excess, when it comes to politics?

While we in Thailand, are getting very excited about the Dow breaking 9,000, so are the Americans. Both Thais and Americans are pinning hope on a better global environment.

  • But the global level big accounting and legal firm of Ernst & Young is still very much pessimistic-saying hard times lies ahead.

And it leads Tom Peters to ask a basic simple question. And that is again,  “Have the Americans or consumers globally learn the lesson from over-extending, and will US firms be more careful about compensation?”

Thais and Americans Live in “A Dream World”

Well, that question about living on excess economically, has not really been posed in a serious manner in Thailand-except for sufficiency.

And just look around and see how much impact sufficiency is having in reality. Just look at the news stand-and all one sees is “Maximum Materialism.” Many in Thailand joke that shopping centers, are the new religion centers of Thailand.

  • But also broader, sadly for Thais, the failure to learn a lesson economically, comes on top of failure to learn a lesson politically.
  • It is quite interesting that “Very Few” Thais are asking,  “Have we Thais learned a lesson from the political upheaval.”

Like one of the most learned, just and neutral Thai politician, just said:

  • “Taksin’s pardon signature support drive, is not proper because it will bother the Thai King.”

But the funny thing is-this highly learned Thai, said nothing about the yellow’s drive and petitioning the Thai King to appoint a prime minister-in place of Taksin. So even the best in Thailand-still have not learned a thing!

  • Again, the lesson that should have been learned by now, by both Thais and Americans, is to be “Moderate” on politics and also on the economy-not doing anything so drastic and extreme.

And such a question, if Thais have learned a political lesson, seems reasonable to ask-because literally Thai politics have caused probably as much damage to the Thai economy as the impact from global economic environment.

And that is an odd situation-that the lesson has not been learned after years of conflict-and says a great deal about the Thais.

  • The following is from Tom Peters, a management guru, Blog that can be access directly through this blog

Change for Good, or Maybe Not???

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club report, published on 20th July, continues the gloomy economic tone. They forecast that the coming recovery is going to be slow, and painful. It seems we all have several more years of “porridge” ahead of us. What has been playing on my mind is what the legacy of this period will be? I am wondering whether any of the traumas we are going through will result in lasting changes in behaviour?

Consumers are tightening their belts in lots of ways: shopping more scrupulously, cooking more at home, taking up knitting, growing their own vegetables, being more careful of their energy usage, vacationing closer to home … etc., etc. … you fill in the gaps. All good eco-friendly stuff, some would say. Speaking personally, I have put off replacing my car for another year, and I’m planning a low-cost holiday in Barcelona this year by renting a small apartment and flying with a budget airline (NOT Ryanair)!

Employers, too, seem to be approaching this recession a bit differently. Many appear to have more of an eye to the impact their actions will have on employee morale than they have in previous recessions. We are seeing innovative ways to reduce employee costs without laying off as many workers as they might have in previous recessions, for example, by offering career breaks on reduced pay, or asking staff to work reduced hours to preserve jobs.

Many of these recession-driven strategies could be seen as positive ways to live our ongoing work and home lives. But, as anyone trying to lose weight or give up smoking will tell you, it’s not the initial effort that matters, but whether you can make adaptations to your lifestyle so that you sustain a change for good—what engineers call “permanent set.”

Is it too much to hope that some of the better new habits we are forming as consumers and employers will survive the recession? Which recession-driven habits do you hope will stay with us for good, and which will you be glad to leave behind?

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