The future of the past - Following up on Por Intarapalit's vision of Bangkok in 2007 - Bangkok Post, December 20, 2007
...In the sky, several cars were flying past the 'Patcharaporn' house at rather low levels. There were propellers on their roofs. Sports or private monoplanes flew in scatters here and there not unlike birds. All of a sudden, everybody sighted a huge train, with two tram-like carriages joined together, running at no less than 60-kilometres-per-hour on tracks about ten metres above Sukhumvit Road.
From the 'Patcharaporn' house, one could see skyscrapers with at least 20 to 80 stories, the top floors rising into the thick clouds. Fluttering from the top of each building was the tri-coloured national flag. The crowds on Sukhumvit bustled by in a hurry, men in their suits and women in their one-piece outfits. The people of Bangkok looked not so different from the Europeans or Americans.
Nikorn asked his son in a hoarse, shaky voice...
"Tell me, Nop, is this Bangkok or Paris? How come all these cars and planes are flying like dragon-flies?"
"This is Bangkok, Father. This is Bangkok of 2007."
Pai Su Anakhot (Toward the Future), Por Intarapalit, 1967.
...What were the attractions?
- Places, language, food, dress code, commercial billboards, greeting by handshakes and even boxing had literally become Americanised - "except for the presence of national flags, everything looks like New York ... which meant Thailand must have progressed rapidly, to become the world's superpower, on the same par as America."
- Every cabinet minister, "even the one overseeing the ministry of defense", was a civilian. "They served the country diligently, and there was absolutely no corruption."
- Every Thai citizen was well-educated - the two taxi drivers hired by the Samgler gang had university degrees in architecture and engineering; Bangkok boasted about 200 universities and no fewer than 5,000 primary and secondary schools did not charge for tuition, stationery or uniforms (a precise prediction of today's politicians' election gimmicks).
- Traffic problems in Bangkok were nonexistent.
- The Thai currency had the same value as the US dollar!
- The Thai economy was rock-solid: Rich oil fields had been discovered and Thailand suddenly became industrialised, producing and exporting everything from clothes to cars, planes and battleships. Heavy machinery was exported to China while China sent agricultural products and hordes of tourists in return. Also, Bangkok no longer had small-scale businesses or street peddlers that would allow developed nations to look down on it...
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