Bul­lies in ev­ery way

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

The Bangkok Post’s timely edi­to­rial on the press­ing is­sue of cy­ber bul­ly­ing (“Stop the cy­ber bul­lies”, Sept 24) was much ap­pre­ci­ated.

It high­lights aptly the ap­par­ent par­tial­ity of Thai au­thor­i­ties, whose per­ceived dou­ble stan­dards in ap­ply­ing the law are ex­actly the sort of tra­di­tional moral fail­ing of decades against which the bet­ter part of Thai­land’s youth are today protest­ing for long-over­due re­form.

And well done to Pachara­porn Chan­tara­pra­dit for stand­ing firm on the moral high ground de­spite the bul­ly­ing.

Such a coura­geously pa­tri­otic act on be­half of all Thais against the tra­di­tional big­otry of the past is a light for all.

Good peo­ple, in­clud­ing good Thais, are pro-democ­racy. The bul­lies are wrong.

Their bul­ly­ing but proves their po­si­tion is bar­ren of right and rea­son. Worse, the abu­sive lan­guage that some use, speak­ing, for ex­am­ple, of “hat­ing the na­tion” and la­belling ex­pres­sions of opin­ion they dis­like as “an in­cur­able dis­ease” cast the very Thai­ness they pre­tend to cham­pion as some­thing fit only for the places whence their own lan­guage comes.

Some peo­ple, it ap­pears, need to be sent back to school that they may be taught to speak po­litely in so­ci­ety.

The ar­tic­u­late youth protest­ing out of love of their na­tion teach Thai­land a far bet­ter ex­am­ple of re­spect­ful in­clu­siv­ity and will­ing­ness to re­spect­fully con­sider op­pos­ing opin­ions.


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