I didn’t mean what I ordered


The governor of Samut Sakhorn, just west of Bangkok, has said that he didn’t really mean what he wrote in a 26 October 2007 directive on migrant workers. After getting a lot of attention for apparently prohibiting “aliens’ culture” and warning factory owners to monitor their staff for criminal behaviour, Virayuth Iyamampha met with concerned groups on November 21 and issued another letter a week later saying that the directive of October 26 “may have given rise to ambiguity or misunderstanding of some sorts”…

“The Province has no intention or objective that it will ban alien labour from doing any cultural activities at all. [The letter was meant] only as a preliminary view, in the form of a warning, on not giving support for the disseminating of activities. But if the community considers that any cultural activities of alien labour are good activities, e.g. almsgiving at temples, etc., then support can be given. As for other activities that are matters which have no adverse effect on national security or connection to internal affairs, permission can perhaps be sought to give support in accordance with the standard rules of the administration, on a case-by-case basis.”

Whatever that means.

Update on previous post: Thailand imperilled by masculinity, not pregnancy


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