Should Coach Ek be blamed – or cherished?

your say July 12, 2018 01:00

Re: “Seeking accountability for the cave calamity”, Have Your Say, July 11.

I suspect the writer has never lived outside of a big city, and certainly not in any Thai village.

The parents of 12 young footballers who were trapped in Tham Luang cave with their coach Ekapol Chanthowong have come out to say that they don’t want the coach to blame himself. Neither do they want authorities to blame him or charge him for the unfortunate incident.

Prior to meeting the 12 boys for the cave trip on the morning of June 23, Coach Ek bought snacks with his own money to eat with them during their adventure.

When they got stuck in the cave, Ek did not touch any of the food, instead sacrificing all of it to the boys to ensure they survived. That was a true selfless act.

Villagers who know Coach Ek can verify that he is a good man who puts the well-being of the boys under his charge before his own.

According to news reports, residents of Ek’s home district of Mae Sai say they have chosen to love him over blaming him.

Sometimes it is hard for city folks to understand this.

It takes a village to heal its own societal wounds, and it is up to a village to decide its destiny its own way.

Criminalisation is not the way out. Love and compassion are the best choice in this case.

Chavalit Wannawijitr 

Chiang Mai