Re: "Living License" for Farangs proposed by Interior Ministry
- From: "Takin Gthepiss" <takin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 22:22:41 +0700
"orang37" <orang37@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Dr. Chasayuttana : "Some Thai people call Farangs 'MoneyBag,' 'ATM,' or
> other silly things maybe with a little jealousy because it is true so many
> crawling with money come here. But we are shocking to find that very few
> of these Farangs learn to speak Thai even up to baby-stop-pooping-pants
Does this mean that our "well travelled and highly educated" self appointed
dictator (Mort) will be denied a "living permit" for not be able to read the
The 8 year old girls in Pattaya will miss him.
> 1. Thai social structure : The Sangha, The Royal Family, Family Life,
> Children, Marriage, Divorce, Inheritance, Government Structure
> 2. Basic Thai alphabet : Farang should be able to at least read street
> sign and traffic signs.
> 3. Polite Behavior and Thai Ideals : Jai Yen, Mai Phen Rai, Boon Khun,
> Then Dr. Paakawallop came back to the speaker's rostrum as Dr.
> Chasayuttana sat down and asked for questions.
> A correspondent from Reuters asked : "What happens if the Farangs do
> poorly on the examination ... how are they graded."
> Dr. Paakawallop commented that while specific details of the exams, the
> grading process, etc. were still being worked out, the whole idea was to
> give positive reinforcement to those who showed their motivation to be
> good resident aliens in Thailand, not to punish those who did not." After
> a pause and a deep breath he continued to say : "Of course, if the Farang
> has no motivation to learn to live here ... well, he or she should live
> somewhere else."
> A reporter from The Singapore Straight Times asked Dr. Paakawallop how he
> could be sure that just "knowing" the answers to an exam meant that the
> Farang really had any real understanding of the deep cultural issues
> involved : couldn't the Farang just memorize answers, go to some kind of
> cram school."
> Dr. Paakawallop smiled at this and said : "Well, you know the Driver's
> License has two parts, the written, and the practical."
> The reporter followed up : "You mean, Sir, that there will be a test of
> behavior of some kind, a social test ?"
> "Yes," Dr. Paakawallop said.
> Quickly this AP stringer myself stood up and said : "Please Dr. give us
> some detail of practical test."
> Dr. Paakawallop replied : "That is being out now with our consultants
> which include the Halliburton Company, the Major Cinema Group, the
> Charoenpopkhrand Chicken group, and others. That is the real challenge,
> isn't it, to make the test something more than academic.
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