Sarah Carter: Thai authorities get the message

Editorial: Thai authorities get the message –, August 18, 2011
…To most of the holidaymakers who travel there, Thailand is a land of exotic, bustling markets and glorious beaches inhabited by a polite, gentle people to whom nothing is too much trouble. But it is also a developing country with little of the health and safety infrastructure we take for granted.
It is inconceivable that a highly toxic pesticide would be sprayed in a New Zealand hotel room. In the Downtown Inn in which Sarah and two friends stayed, it appears to have been unremarkable.
The Thais have a different, more fatalistic attitude to life and death than New Zealanders – a product of their Buddhist faith and their environment. That is their right…

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