Sec­ond-class for­eign­ers

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Upon learn­ing the Na­tional Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly is amend­ing the Firearms Act to ban for­eign­ers from own­ing and us­ing guns ( BP, Oct 13), I won­der if the new con­sti­tu­tion will be amended to com­men­su­rately ex­empt for­eign­ers from equal pro­tec­tion un­der the law.

Thai gun own­er­ship is one of the world’s high­est. There are al­ready end­less as­saults upon for­eign­ers, some in­volv­ing vi­o­lence in vary­ing de­grees, many ex­am­ples of in­sti­tu­tion­alised dis­crim­i­na­tion and an es­tab­lished cli­mate of xeno­pho­bia in Thai­land, why not amend the con­sti­tu­tion to re­flect the facts as they are?

Ka­toey are peo­ple of the third sex; let’s sim­plify things and call for­eign­ers peo­ple of the sec­ond class. MR M

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