The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) has single-handedly destroyed the tourist industry in Thailand. It has also severely damaged the Thai export industry. With both of Bangkok’s airports taken over by the PAD and closed, with more than 100,000 tourists stuck in Thailand, and with Thailand now on the list of the ‘Top 20 Most Dangerous Places in the World’ (compiled by the British Telegraph newspaper), the only way for Thailand’s tourist industry to go now is down. The Thai export industry will soon follow.
The PAD is financially supported by the elite in Thailand and by brain-washed middle-class people, who don’t seem to understand that what the PAD wants will not benefit them or Thailand’s poor. The Thai elite are also so ill-informed that I don’t think they understand this PAD move is now also going to cause their businesses to go into a recession.
Meanwhile, with both airports closed, this means no more tourists coming into Thailand and very few exports going out. The situation has been going on for three days and, although the Thai police are now trying to oust the PAD, without support of the elite-backed military it doesn’t look like they stand much of a chance.
For those of us who live here, I wonder if the Thai elite have also thought what we will think and what we will do? Does the PAD destroying my holiday to Phuket, trapping tourists in Thailand, and hurting the financial situation of poor Thais make me want to spend money in businesses owned by the Thai elite? Er, ….no.
In future, instead of frequenting places like Siam Paragon, Central World Plaza, and the myriad of stores and businesses owned by Thai elite, I will now be making most of my major purchases at street stalls owned by poorer people in Thailand. Either that, or in foreign-owned businesses. Not only does that save me money, but it also begins to give more power to the Thai poor (and foreigners!) because, after all we all know, ‘money is power’ and it’s the only reason the hi-so (high-society) supporters of the PAD have been able to keep the power they have.
What the elite in Thailand doesn’t seem to understand though is that times, they are a-changin’. The Thai poor are beginning to assert themselves. They are also beginning to fight for a fairer financial future. When this happens, no matter what the Thai elite try to do, the poor will eventually win and get what they want politically. After all, there are only a miniscule number of Thai elite and around 50 million of the Thai poor.
Right now, Thailand’s tourism industry is probably one of the worst in the world. At the height of the Thai tourist season, the PAD has made sure there is no chance tourists will come here. Literally, hundreds of thousands of Thai businesses depend on tourists and also on exports. With both of these industries at a standstill, everyone will lose, including the Thai elite. In fact, maybe the Thai elite should have spent more of their money on educating themselves and less of it on trying to screw the poor, and then they might realize that too?