The government must work harder to achieve its targets

Fear management - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit editorial, March 18, 2008
The government must work harder to achieve its targets. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with the fears of people living in the southern border provinces, and when trying to regain their confidence. Insurgents have created great fear in the hearts of the people of the region, and have coerced them into both being distant to the state and not cooperating with its local officials.
There are two major problems that the state has in its dealings with southerners: Locals distrust the state, and are not prepared to cooperate with it in any significant way. Many residents of the region fear that the government will not provide them with security in times of peril. Indeed, they often believe that they are actually imperiling their own lives by cooperating too much with the state. The car bomb at the CS Pattani Hotel - in Pattani Province on March 15 - furthered increased such local fears.
All these factors have reduced the confidence of many southerners in the state. Such factors also appear to have dashed any hopes for the establishment of a sustainable peace in the region.
A network of southern citizens - who have come together to oppose the actions of the insurgents - held a press conference recently, to express their feelings and opinions about the conflict that has engulfed their region.
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