Interesting watching Thai news this morning and seeing both Yingluck Shinawatra and PM Abhisit Vejjajiva paddling through flooded streets in the northern city of Nan. 100,000 people have been affected by the floods with, in some places, the water higher than waist-deep. It was fascinating to watch Thai villagers standing in water passed their waists, waiting for Yingluck to float by on a boat and then wai pleasantly as she did. Thais have far more patience and grace than any westerner I know.
Both Yingluck and Abhisit donned long waterproof boots and, with their entourages, paddled through flooded downtown streets, in an attempt to meet villagers and show them they sympathize with their plight. Rain in certain parts of Thailand has been at far higher levels than normal for this time of year, with massive floods already claiming two lives in Tak’s Mae Sot district.
While it’s obviously a campaign stunt, you still can’t fault either Yingluck or Abhisit for actually getting out there and getting a bit wet. Abhisit in particular looked a little more ‘comfortable’ than he normally does in situations where he’s expected to meet the ‘common man’. Yingluck, of course, always looks right at home down with the masses.
Read more on the story at The Nation.