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Obviously, she hasn't met ED yet. According to him, there is no such thing as mafia here.
Posted by Charles on March 19, 2014 13:03
Oh no, Charles. Not again, please. Note the words from the article, please: ''Mafia - in the Thai definition, groups of officials who feed off corrupt payments to break the law.''
good luck to you...it would be a nice change
Posted by sky on March 19, 2014 13:09
All Thais should get behind this lady - they want change - here it is.
Posted by Ciaran on March 19, 2014 13:14
At last, come this be the single ray of hope?
Posted by PAul on March 19, 2014 13:35
Sounds great. Not that we didn't hear similar statements from other candidates or police chiefs before but a spark of hope remains. Now about the Thai definition of "Mafia" I am curious who exactly she might want to target as the definition is very fuzzy. My Thai-colleagues are however don't share my optimism for this lady. In their opinion anybody going for politics in Phuket does it for one reason only.
Posted by Jakub on March 19, 2014 14:46
Fantastic,- We really need a change. I really hope she will win. Good Luck Khun Chalermlak
Posted by Mj on March 19, 2014 17:47
Not wanting to get too deep into definitions, but what I will say is one persons definition does not make it "the" Thai definition, if someone can prove me wrong then please do. What we have seen from many other Thais is the word used to describe the tuk tuk/taxi drivers and the jet ski operators, which begs the question, just which definition is right, personally I go for the Merriam-Webster def. " a group of people likened to the Mafia; especially : a group of people of similar interests or backgrounds prominent in a particular field or enterprise" which seems to fit perfectly with what we have in Phuket.
Posted by Laurie Howells on March 19, 2014 19:47
We've been through this all before, Laurie. The word ''mafia'' can be applied to a knitting circle or a Wednesday afternoon tennis group. Or it can mean The Mafia. It's not appropriate because it's not accurate. Phuket's problem is with ''groups of officials who feed off corrupt payments to break the law.'' The tuk-tuk drivers are just uppity street gangs. I don't have time to waste and you won't be posted on this topic again. The only reason we continue to use the word is because it continues to be misused, so for the sake of accuracy, we have no choice.
Just because a term has its root in a foreign language, doesn't make it wrong
Posted by The Night Mare on March 19, 2014 20:10
No, it's a cartel or a gang. The Mafia is ''a hierarchically structured secret organization allegedly engaged in smuggling, racketeering, trafficking in narcotics, and other criminal activities in the U.S., Italy, and elsewhere.'' Or a knitting circle, or a tennis group. It's a term used inaccurately too often. Not worth wasting time on this.
ED is right about the wrong use of the word maffia.. maffia is a well structured business organization not a bunch of thugs.... even tho the Thugs also do similar things but yet is a wrong used word for them.. if they where a Maffia phuket would work smooth as silk... so please stop waste ED.s time..
Posted by frog on March 19, 2014 21:48
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