tâ€™s the vans, stupid
New Year was another highway slaughter, the bloodiest long weekend ever recorded, which is saying a lot when youâ€™re already starting with the worldâ€™s second most sanguinary roadways, and then get worse than that for a week.
To outdo the most murderous â€žseven dangerous daysâ€ś in Thai history required the deaths of 478 people, or one every 21 minutes of every hour of every day.
Unable to come up with a highway safety battle plan, the military leaders by chance found a scapegoat. Never mind that 3,206 of the 3,919 accidents involved motorcycles. Ignore the glaring statistic that 2,661 were the result of excessive drink or speed.
The real villain is the van.
Gen Prayut is going to slash and burn the van industry with the one authority he can wield like former dictators. â€žDonâ€™t mess with this Section 44 of mine.â€ś
As he often does, the PM overreacted and went after the illegal vans. The strange thing, however, is that just four months ago, Gen Prayut was extolling and essentially marketing vans. In his Friday night TV talk to â€ždear Thai citizensâ€ś last Sept 2, he waxed enthusiastically how his men had tamed the vans, taken them off the streets and parked them in Bangkok bus stations.
While the vans have been serving commuters for 20 years, they were regularised by a very special past government, the military government under ex-prime minister Surayud. It was a political bargain in 2007-8 with big-wheel â€žvan mafiaâ€ś spokesman Newin Chidchob, in exchange for not carrying red shirts to Bangkok to protest, and then, a year later, defecting from the Voldemort party to the Democrats at the armyâ€™s behest. No one has tried to eliminate the vans since then.
Now every van is the villain causing highway carnage. A crackdown on vans is rubbing the genieâ€™s magic lamp and wishing for an end to the daily slaughter on the highways.
Except it wonâ€™t. Turning Thai highways and streets into the worldâ€™s second worst per-capita killers in the world was the easy part. Reversing it will take decades of daily, nightly work.
In der BP macht man sich ĂĽber Prayuths irrealen Versuche die Probleme
in Thailand auf die Hardware abzuschieben lustig.
Aber auch hier wagt man nicht die wirklichen Probleme in Thailand
zu benennen und schreibt lieber dumme Allegorien aus dem Ausland.
Denn, seien wir ehrlich, kein reicher Thai will eine wirkliche Polizei hier,
ihnen sind die braunen Ganoven die ihren kriminellen GeschĂ¤ften
nachgehen und ab und zu mal Kleingeld von relativ Armen
fĂĽr Nichtigkeiten kassieren sehr Recht!
Und die natĂĽrlich Jagd auf AuslĂ¤nder machen!
Die wollen keine Polizei die jeden anhĂ¤lt den sie bei RegelverstĂ¶ssen
erwischt.Selbst Benz ,BMW und Lexus!
Oder gar Porsche,Lambo und Ferrari!
Wenn der soziale Status (nicht erarbeitet sondern ererbt,erschlichen oder ergaunert)
hier nicht mehr vor Strafe schĂĽtzt, macht das ganze Thai Sein
doch ĂĽberhaupt keinen Spass mehr!