Much as I like Thailand and the Thai’s, there are times when I just do not get this country. After the somewhat pathetic subway “crash” (term to be used very very lightly indeed), the subway is now closed until February 1st (as reported by 2bangkok) to fix a series of items that probably should never have been there in the first place. Now remember this is an incident that the Ministry of Transport refered to as “a schoolboy error“.

But maybe the people in charge finally think that perhaps Thai’s are not the best people to operate such a system, as reported here in the Bangkok Post. Oh, and as talked about in slightly more colourful language on this site (discretion advised, I guess).

20 Comments so far

  1. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 24th, 2005 @ 2:08 pm

    People used to look at me strangely whenever I mentioned that I’d never ridden the underground train before. Obviously that doesn’t happen anymore.

  2. gg (unregistered) on January 24th, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    no surprise to hear that you don’t get the thai, as a thai person, i don’t get them either…

    or even for some farang who stays in this country for more than 40 years, still he didn’t quite get us yet. (ref. william warren’s bangkok)..

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  3. Hitesh (unregistered) on January 25th, 2005 @ 10:35 pm

    i find your statement claiming Thai’s are perhaps incapable of operating the subway system insulting and somewhat racist. If we were indeed incompetent Don Muang would have thousands of accidents every year (it is the world’s 7th busiest airport and ridiculously overcrowded) and several BTS trains would have found new homes on sukhumvit road.
    What is it that makes you and your people better than us? The ability to fly halfway around the world to pay for sex?

  4. him (unregistered) on January 25th, 2005 @ 10:50 pm

    I haven’t claimed anything, reporting only what others are saying which is, by and large, that this is human error because of the inability of the operators to manage the system. Whether that is through lack of training or just general attitide is likely something we will never find out so long as the right $$$ reach the right hands.

    It is the Thai authoities who want non-Thais to operate the system. Personally, I don’t care – I feel the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion by those involved. And so long as it reopens so I can get where I want, you can have monkies drive the thing.

    Before you throw around accusations of racism, combined with the utterly predictable facts of same same sex tourism (oh please, find something new) please feel free to get your facts staight, read the posts properly and remove the rather over-sized chip from your shoulder.

  5. Paul (unregistered) on January 25th, 2005 @ 11:15 pm

    also, him didn’t fly halfway around the world to pay for sex; he brought his sex with him =D

  6. him (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 8:46 am

    Also, if I’m not mistaken, I flew about a quarter of the way around the world to get here and not pay for sex.

    Man, Hitesh (which is a Hindu name I believe, not Thai), you got so many facts wrong did’t you?

  7. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 3:29 pm

    Other than the misunderstanding, I laughed at the idea of a sky train stuck in the middle of Sukhumvit traffic. The whole crashing thing that would be required to make that happen isn’t a pleasant thought though (especially since the skytrain is something I do catch regularly).

    It’s a common, though understandable, misconception that all farang come to Thailand so that they can pay for sex.

  8. him (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 3:32 pm

    The question is, if a BTS was stuck on Sukhumvit… would it actually make the traffic worse?

    “common” and “understandable” maybe, but those two words do not give the ignorant a right to vocalise immature, incorrect, abusive thoughts.

  9. him (unregistered) on January 26th, 2005 @ 5:45 pm

    I thought I’d post a link to this comic about the “crash” – quite amusing.

  10. Hitesh (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 1:32 am

    you need to relax dude. If I overreacted, you did the exact same thing.
    I was unaware I could not be Hindu and Thai, I shall report to the ‘amphur’ tomorrow morning to have my citizenship revoked immedietly.

  11. him (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 8:12 am

    I guess that’ll do for an apology, then!

  12. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 10:38 am

    That comic is so funny.

  13. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 10:40 am

    By the way, you really bring out the best in people/the best people :)

  14. him (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    Yeah if it’s not weird stalker germans, it’s dubious “thai” “hindu”s with overly cliched views of westerners.

    Why can’t I just be stalked by gorgeous blondes? Or Angelina Jolie? Would be much easier all round, I am sure.

  15. cog (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 12:13 am

    “also, him didn’t fly halfway around the world to pay for sex; he brought his sex with him”

    Ummm…would that be the Pattaya Princess or the English Tart inflatable doll ? I prefer the more durable Mandingo Mama one meself…

    (just curious)

  16. him (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Actually, this. NSFW, BTW. Doesn’t tell me she loves me after ten minutes (or at all, for that matter), doesn’t take 15 calls from “men who arn’t my boyfriend, only you my true man” every night and doesn’t scream for money at every given opportunity.

    I got some weird looks on the plane, though “yeah she’s fine, not hungry – took a sleeping pill, you know…

  17. Hitesh (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 8:33 pm

    dude how ignorant are you? its possible to be thai and buddhist, hundu, christian or whatever religion you want.
    call your school/university and ask for a refund.

  18. him (unregistered) on January 28th, 2005 @ 9:00 pm

    Blah blah blah. Troll.

  19. joe (unregistered) on January 29th, 2005 @ 9:24 am

    Guys, guys, guys, guys, guys – give our man Hitesh a break! Poor man is obviously disadvantaged. He can’t spell (hundu?), does not understand capitalization or grammar or punctuation. He can’t read a post and actually see the meaning of it. He gives an emotional knee-jerk reaction to his view of what it is about, which you would expect from someone incapable of coherant thought. His best retort is a simple and worthless “if I did then so did you”. What next – “my father is bigger than yours”? He can’t even maintain the ability to enter the same email address from comment to comment.

    He probably thinks LOS is short for “Land of Scowls”. If Hitesh is a normal example, then thank God Thailand is a Buddhist country!

    Bait for the troll :-)

  20. him (unregistered) on January 29th, 2005 @ 10:48 pm

    As an aside (or do I mean actually on topic, regardless of trolls), here is an interesting article from The Nation about the uselessness of the MRTA employees. It’s scary reading.

    And before anybody slags me off for making out Thais are not suitable for this work, please note that I am giving you a quote, from an article written… by… a… Thai.

    For another view, Pistonhips.

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