Comments on: How to win hearts and minds in Thailand’s Muslim south? http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: vaisanavadas http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/comment-page-1/#comment-13631 Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:24:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6621#comment-13631 Jason might be interpreting the feelings in the true aspect of the country.But by mingling with the Southern Muslim Thais, I believe that they are not taking the opportunity to get the best of the both world.I would like them to be Thais first before being Malay or Muslim.My views are my personal ones and they are based on true mixing of the people who ply between Kelantan and Terengganu.It may be not statistically right.

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By: Jason http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/comment-page-1/#comment-13031 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 01:45:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6621#comment-13031 Vaisanavadas wrote “Most people from this region seek refuge in Kelantan and in Terengganu.This is normal as they know they get sympathy from the Malays in Malaysia.”

If Vaisanavadas truly believes that, he is living in intellectual fantasy land. It is generally intellectuals and academics that have this supposed connection to Malays in Malaysia. FOr the majority of people that end up spending time in Malaysia, it is only for economic opportunities and has absolutely nothing to do with some kind of ethnic and religious affinity with their supposed ethnic Malay brethren. This is in the academic literature that no one ever reads, and if one actually spent time talking with people (I have spent two years here), one would understand this. I have met scores of folks who seem to feel much more connected to Thai Buddhists than Malay Malaysians.

Vaisanavadas’ thoughts are unfortunately one of the biggest misconceptions about the “Malays” of southern Thailand. Most of the people don’t even consider themselves Malay. When asked if they are Muslim, Thai, or Malay, they almost always say Muslim. It is only intellectuals that by and large prioritize their Malayness over their Muslim identity. So many folks have complained to me about Malaysians being stingy and how they look down on the Muslims from the three provinces.

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By: David Brown http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/comment-page-1/#comment-12998 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:49:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6621#comment-12998 thanks for excellent article

I agree the military should leave the region, leave the police and the communities to sort things out

the current and retired military are the cause of most problems in Thailand, especially the south!

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By: Dr. Pankaj Jha http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/comment-page-1/#comment-12997 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:34:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6621#comment-12997 Southern Thailand insurgency is a problem which was not taken care of by the previous administrations but the responsibility also is on the insurgent groups who have not identified theri leaders and had not worked towards resolving the conflict.The situation has reached such a point that unscrupuous elements are using this situation fo uncertainity for prolonging the conflict. Whether government is not interested is again a questionable hypothesis but it is true that there is much serious effort needed from Malaysia to sit across and resolve the issue forever.That sort of initaitive is just lacking.

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By: Nidhirat Wajapattana http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/comment-page-1/#comment-12996 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 04:14:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6621#comment-12996 There is a culture of violence in the south which cannot be overcome unless parties put aside their weapons and engage in open, honest dialogue. While the Government is required to take the initiative, the weak coalition and nationalist tendency of Thai politics make this inconceivable.

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By: vaisanavadas http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/06/22/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-thailands-muslim-south/comment-page-1/#comment-12928 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 21:47:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=6621#comment-12928 The Thai government should withdraw all its soldiers immediately from the region.The Muslims and Buddhists will live as they did in the past.Since it is a Muslim majority area, it is wise that the Thai government give full attention to the development of Islam; that means more mosques and the emphasise on Arabic language.The three states should have close collaboration with Malaysia who can economiclally help the region.More people from these regions should be sent to Malaysian schools and varsities.The Thai government should not neglect the Buddhist as according to Islam the minority is well protected.There should be drastic real changes b ut the question of autonomy does not arise.The three states should be part of Thailand as it is only proper that though they are different in religion and ethnicity they are citizens of Thailand.Malaysia is the only country that can help to solve this problem.Most people from this region seek refuge in Kelantan and in Terengganu.This is normal as they know they get sympathy from the Malays in Malaysia.Thai government had used iron fist rule to control this region but the result is more open rebellion.They should change their tactics and be more sympathetic to their causes.Everybody in any country should have their right to practice their religion.The Thai government should not consider that giving in as being weak.They are being a just government.

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