By Tammy, this blog humanity journalist
In this country, Thailand, that is ASEAN second largest economy, the current government has been criticized of showing little interest in helping quake hit, Haiti.
“The US$20,000 assistance is just the first batch,” said the Thai government spokesman, after the press questioned the appropriateness for the Thai prime minister, Abhisit, to mearly send a letter of condolence.
The number of death from the Haiti devasting quake is approaching 200,000 at the time of this rerporting. The 4 Thais in Haiti, that are Thai christian nuns aiding in development efforts are reported safe.
The current Thai government was also criticized by the United Nations in its imigrartion policy-particularly on the Hmong refugee repatriation.
When the Tsunami hit Thailand a few years ago, grants and aids to Thailand amounted to a few US$ billions, however, foreign doners complained bitterly that much of the grants were not appropriately used-but vanished.
Thailand has a long standing tradition of helping out during humanitarian crisis, lead mostly by the Thai royalty and non-governmental organizations.
Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn made a personal donation of 100,000 RMB (some 14,286 U.S. dollars) in cash to help disaster relief in China after a strong earthquake hit the southwestern province of Sichuan. And the representatives of the Thai Red Cross Society and the Chaipattana Foundation under royal patronage, also passed on a donation of 200,000 U.S. dollars to China Red Cross Society.
However, members of the Thai royalty had been criticized for helping improve the conditions of women in prison globally, but refused to meet calls to help women in Thai prison for lease majeste. A women, Da, who lead a blistering attack on the royal institution in Thailand, in prison, health deteriorated to the point that needed medical help-but little assistance was granted.