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Thailand should chart its own course

Ref: "Western-style democracy can run counter to good governance: Mahbubani", Business, July 24.

I agree absolutely with Kishore Mahbubani, dean of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

The US and Europe are struggling with their democratic systems - in which political meritocracy has become lacking and lobbyists work to serve the interests of special groups.

Thailand should develop democratically and economically by taking into account its own historic, cultural and other values, instead of emulating other countries' systems.

All countries in Asia can develop, democratically and economically, by carefully avoiding the recent mistakes resulting from the fallacies of the West.

Vint Chavala

Bangkok


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