Monday, December 01, 2008

I Was In Bangkok Last Week... Missing The ISA!

I repeat my too frequent apology for not keeping my blog up to date yet again, but this time I have a great excuse... I was busy planning for a workshop in Bangkok with a staff member being away 3rd week of November, then, I WAS IN BANGKOK LAST WEEK. On Wednesday 26 Nov, I was one of the travellers stranded when the international airport was closed!

Fortunately, I'm employed by a great Oil & Gas co. which formed crisis team focussed on getting the 50+ non-Thai employees that were there on workshops or business visits back home. The Thai team (thanks Khun Ath, Chalee, Thanes, et al) pilled us all on a train on the afternoon of Thursday 27 Nov that arrived safely in Butterworth in the afternoon of the next day.

The experience confirmed 2 things for me:
  1. The international media does over-dramatise events somewhat. I ran up a stiff handphone bill over 48 hours as I needed to re-assure my family of my safety due to the nonesensical reporting of chaos in Bangkok. Much of Bangkok, and indeed Thailand, was actually unaffected. I even had freinds disappearing to the entertainment districts at all hours with no reports of danger or change in 'scenery'.

  2. The ISA is a useful tool to avoid percisely such nonsense (protestors closing down country and region's airport hub) from damaging a country's interests. Many Malaysians that were with me pinned for the ISA! Indeed, in Malaysia, the ISA would have been employed even such nonsense could begin. Interestingly also, no one among us raised a voice in protest of this view of the ISA in Bangkok last week. Maybe they were being polite?


AloQStaQ said...

Assalamualaikum Saudaraku Akhram!

Hmmm, ISA patut dipertahankan bukan untuk kita jadikannya seolah-olah kita rejim kuku besi tetapi untuk prevent "masalah yang akan jadi besar" ...

Hmmm, tapi, sikit-skit ada juga rahmat disebalik Thailand jadi masalah tu, sebab kalau tak, tak sempat la nak sembang minum kopi sekejap sebelum Akhram berlepas ke KL Jumaat tu .. hehehe ... apapun, kita pasti mempertahankan ISA, demi keselamatan negara.


azlina said...

the international media included Malaysian have wrongly focus too much on so called "chaos" at Bangkok International Airport that they miss the point of what People Power can do to topple the corrupt government.

Omong said...


even events in Malaysia are overdramatised

it has got somthing to do with investors fear

so the green stuff will be parked in a country where there is relative peace

where the workers are disciplined (unthinking) and do not indulge in protests at all

which translates into obedient workers that will ensure that foreign investors get their money's worth

simple - perception building

they have started this years ago

kluangman said...

Suara rakyat thailand 'terlebih power' dalam menentukan kerajaannya walaupun bukan melalui pilihanraya.

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