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What Development

 Hush Hush…

 I was wondering why most people I used to worked with wandering around in Bangkok, not just Bangkok  but Sukumvit Soi 7 (Nana). No one told me what was going on until I found this piece of news at Ministry of Foreign Affair. I knew what you guys and gals  did this summer (http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2666.php?id=24827). Wondering if they would put this in English.


Hence to the benefit of my friends, who told me the untouchable topics was on the South (of Thailand, no less), I have gathered development news sure to fire ‘peace.’ On the other hand, some projects are really develop fundamental well-being of the people in the restless South.


Fisheries department and the Fformer government promoted seafood bank project, aimed high to ” convert fishing area to asset” by virtually chart coastal areas, allow people to put the areas as collateral in a bank or a financial institution and receive loans in return. Otherwise, the coastal zone can be charted and allocated to local people asthier personal “assets.” Official information at  http://www.fisheries.go.th/royal2/index.htm. Counter narratives reasoned this project a complete wipe out scheme for small scale fisheries, according to the National Reconciliation Commission sponsored local public hearing (http://www.isranews.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=53&Itemid=56).  


Earlier, the second Thaksin government planed to inject 11,278.927 million baht for mega projects in the three southernmost provinces including: State Highway 410 (Yala-Baytong), CCTV in Yala municipal areas and other vulnerable areas, Halal food processing industrial estate in Pattani,  Muslim garments industry, drugs and crime suppression,etc (http://www.focuspaktai.com/index.php?file=news&obj=news.view(id=4068)&PHPSESSID=07ee7ce9cee3096f05ad642401849b7c)


It is commonly agreed that fundamental problems, whether or not they are related to the ongoing violence, including poverty, “unemployment,” narcotic drugs, yet the development that are religiously correct may not be found in the  government’s mega projects. The outcries have been voiced in many researches conducted with “local people.”  


The latest development found during PM Samak’s visit also hinted at military industries factories, promotion and incentives for investment from major entrepreneurs from  other areas, industrial scale plantation of palm oil and rubber. (http://www.isranews.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3319&Itemid=47)


Development is wanted, but it can always be manipulated to benefit state sponsored violence,(setting up defense industries complex, for example) deepening disparity between the have and the have not (introducing external investment that will benefit certain groups of people and leave the burdens to the host communities ) and disrupt ways of good and religious life  (seafood banks or halal food centers projects). 


Under their benign covers, development programs, there is nothing new about development imposed from above to boost the whole “wealth” of the Southern provinces and that “wealth” would be distributed to people who need and wealth would come without alienation and with justice.



Filed under: Development(?), Political Sciences, Security

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