Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Blood Across the River - Tak Bai, Yala, Pattani

So we heard that 2 more people were killed yesterday in Tak Bai in Narathiwat Province, which is just across the river from Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat, Kelantan. So what do we do as neighbour? As another Malay, another Muslim? as Malaysian? Are we going to boycott visiting Thailand? Bangkok? Phuket? How many of us would do that? What is ASEAN doing about it? UN?

I like to dedicate a piece called 19142004, connecting a piece of history from 1914 when the British slaughtered Tok Janggut in Kota Bharu Kelantan when the man tried to talk to people about what British did to them in Kelantan. He was slashed into 14 pieces and showed to the people in Kota Bharu. In 2004 600 people across the river - Tak Bai, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat Province I Thailand were killed, just before Tsunami in Phuket. 100 people were killed in the mosque in Pattani. What do we have to say about that? Are we going to be arrested by Thai Government when we express ourself, when we cross the border shopping in Sungai Golok?

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