Friday, September 19, 2014

‘Only ugly people are safe in bikinis here,’ Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says

Tourists in bikinis should beware, Thailand’s prime minister said.
Tourists in bikinis should beware, Thailand’s prime minister said. Source: ThinkStock
 
THAILAND’S Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has sparked outrage with his comments in the wake of the brutal murders of two tourists. 

Chan-ocha warned that female visitors who wear bikinis may not be safe, unless they are ugly, the HuffingtonPost reports.

“There are always problems with tourist safety,” he said. “They think our country is beautiful and is safe so they can do whatever they want, they can wear bikinis and walk everywhere.

But “can they be safe in bikinis ... unless they are not beautiful?”

Chan-ocha has also said the brutal killings are a new blow to Thailand’s tourism industry.

“This should not have happened in Thailand. It will affect our image in the eyes of international countries,” he said.

“In their countries, (foreigners) can travel wherever they want, so they thought it is safe, but in our country, there are still problems. There are different types of people, so they have to be careful,” Prayuth told AP. “Those related must warn them and this incident has to be investigated because Thai people won’t tolerate this.”
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Source: AP
 
The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on Monday morning in a rocky alcove along the shore, close to the hotel where they were staying.

Both had deep wounds and gashes to the head and face that police believe were inflicted by a bloodied hoe found near the bodies.

More than 70 police officers were deployed to Koh Tao, a popular diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand, as the country’s leaders called for a swift investigation into the brutal killings.

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed.
Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed. Source: AFP
 
The pair travelled to Koh Tao with friends and met each other on the island while staying in neighbouring rooms at Ocean View Bungalows, said police Maj. Gen. Kiattipong Khawsamang.

The attack came amid government efforts to revive Thailand’s tourism industry after a military coup in May ended prolonged, sometimes violent political protests. Martial law remains in effect in many parts of Thailand.

Koh Tao, which is about 410km south of Bangkok, is a quiet, small island just a short boat ride from the better-known Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The latter is known for its raucous “full moon” parties that attract young foreigners and Thais.

A tribute and flowers placed near the spot where two British backpackers were murdered.
A tribute and flowers placed near the spot where two British backpackers were murdered. Source: AFP

 news.com.au 18 Spet 2014

This is the sort of trash that is in 'power'? 

Seriously? 

The killing of two tourists is acceptable because they are 'beautiful'?
 

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