Re: " Expats could be NCPO's secret propaganda weapon", Letters, August 13.
Yes, hand things over to expatriates, who would do a better job selling Thailand than Thai officials, whose command of English is too poor to do the job effectively. Though he was being sarcastic, Somsak Pola was unkind to Sihasak Phuangketkeow of the Foreign Ministry, who has been spearheading that tough task. Sihasak is a graduate of US university Johns Hopkins and has worked abroad – in Washington, Tokyo, Hong Kong and at the UN. His communication skills in English likely surpass those of many expatriates in Thailand (especially those in Pattaya).
Judging from Somsak’s past letters, which have defended Thaksin Shinawatra so effectively on all counts, he would be ideal for this assignment, especially since he now admits that Thaksin is no longer relevant. Yes, I vote for Somsak instead of Sihasak for the job. (My only worry is that Somsak might not actually be Thai, but really Thaksin’s foreign lawyer Robert Amsterdam in disguise.)