A real change in attitude of Bangkokians to farmers
February 12, 2014 00:00
I sympathise with farmers who haven't received money from the rice-subsidy programme, but in their plight I see a good thing.
Bangkokians used to consider farmers second-class citizens. They used to look down on farmers, considering them uneducated, dumb, unskilled and venal. Bangkokians frowned when they saw farmers using cellphones instead of sending smoke signals, driving pickup trucks instead of oxen-pulled carts and their kids texting messages instead of frolicking with buffalo in muddy rice fields.
Thing have changed. Bangkokians are now the farmers’ best friends. Millions of them rally on the street to support farmers and raise tens of millions of baht for their cause. They provide transportation and shelters for farmers to come to protest in Bangkok. And they do it without a hidden agenda.
The one thing I don’t understand is why they threaten to boycott banks that provide loans to the government to pay these poor farmers. But then again, there are a lot of things I don’t understand.