Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Thai Unrest According to RTM Dunia

I hardly watch RTM programmes at night. Last night (29 November 2008), I reached home slightly early and I managed to watch some parts of a special programme about the political unrest in Thailand.

The presenter told the audience on the head and tails of series of political development of Thailand while showing the visual of political development in Thailand. He said all demonstrations are because the protestors reject Thaksin and his proxy party to be in power. The last line of the voice over of the programme is: “The lesson we can learn from Thai political unrest is, never let non pri-bumi to rule the country.”

I got a shock to hear this line in the programme. After the video presentation, a lady presenter interviewed a political science academic while receiving phone calls from audience on the political situation in Thailand. A male then called in and said he agreed fully with the statement made by the presenter of the documentary on Thai unrest, i.e. never let a non pri-bumi to rule the country.

My question is, what is “race” or skin colour got to do with the Thai political unrest? Has RTM become a tool for UMNO to impart racial consciousness to the audience, especially the Malay audience?

I have been told that many Malay morning talk shows in RTM and ASTRO have been quite racist lately? Is BN government going to use TV as a channel to split the racial relations in the country?


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