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    Posted June 22, 2014 by
    ThaiBarr
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    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Thai military declares coup

    A Thailand Expat Businessman’s View of Thailand's Current Political Situation

     
    As a businessman of Western descent and permanent resident of Thailand, I feel it is important to share my view with would be tourists and business travellers, as to the current leadership situation that exists in Thailand.

    At the outset I am extremely supportive of General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s decision to take control of a situation that was beyond stalemate. Whilst the modern world does not favour the term Coup d’ etat, they need to understand that without this intervention, egos, frustration and building aggression would have certainly led to civil war, as can be summised by the vast weapons haul uncovered by the NCPO associates. Clearly this would have been disastrous for the country and all of its inhabitants.

    In my opinion this is simply a terminology issue – we need to rather term the recent activities as a necessary intervention by a concerned and committed party, with the prime goal of restoring stability and building confidence, both internally and externally. General Chan-ocha’s actions throughout this recent period have been nothing but transparent and necessary. There is sufficient daily press informing us all of what is happening and of the progress being made. As both a businessman and resident here, I feel confident that the NCPO together with various interested parties will combine to lay the foundation to once again have fair and free elections, leading to the democratic leadership that all Thai citizens want.

    It is grossly unfair for many International Governments to sit in their own countries and pass comment that directly impacts and places additional pressure on this situation. Instead they should be consulting with members of their local forums/communities to better understand the environment and show support for a process that ultimately could be the show piece of modern day democracy.

    Thailand is a country full of optimism and like every other nation they want stability and growth. As an expat, I feel it is my duty to try and dispel the many negative perceptions that the media has created outside of Thailand’s borders. I therefore urge my fellow expats to take a stance and help the country to achieve its goals, by clearly informing family, friends and influencers abroad, that we live in a country that is safe and conducive to free and unrestricted travel, work and living.

    Mr Warren Barr
    Chief Executive, Medifoods (Thailand)

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