Some ex­pats like NCPO

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Mr Re­ich­stet­ter, in his Nov 13 let­ter, “In­ven­tion of cor­rup­tion”, thinks that I can’t be an ex­pat be­cause I’m not part of the grumpy farang who want to re­model Thai­land to their own im­age. Sorry to de­ceive him, but I am a real ex­pat.

I agree that I’m part of a mi­nor­ity who is happy to live in Thai­land and sub­mit to its reg­u­la­tions, whether they make sense or not. I also have been here long enough to know that this govern­ment is much bet­ter than all for­mer “demo­crat­i­cally” elected gov­ern­ments.

As for the gen­eral elec­tions that you and politi­cians are ask­ing for, it seems that when the pop­u­la­tion is un­happy it calls for elec­tions, not politi­cians with­out agen­das ex­cept fill­ing their pock­ets, ex­pats for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, all re­lated to their per­sonal com­fort, and the out­side world be­cause this govern­ment does not toe the line with their preda­tory poli­cies.

Last but not least I won­der what you mean by “par­tic­i­pa­tion of the po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­less”?

It seems that this govern­ment is do­ing a lot for those, and by hold­ing elec­tions we may hope­fully find new blood run­ning in elec­tions in­stead of the usual cor­rupt or in­ef­fi­cient con­tenders that we would inevitably see if elec­tions were held now. CLARA HOLZER

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