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Thai health minister has a slash at ‘dirty farang’

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Many farang dress dirty and don’t shower. As hosts we have to be very careful.”

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is at it again making public disparaging and xenophobic comments about ‘white’ foreigners (farang). This time he’s warned his fellow Thais about the foreigners fleeing their own countries for the ‘safe haven’ of Thailand.

“Today I visited Chiang Mai and noticed that there are almost no Chinese tourists. All you see are ‘farang’. Not only that, but 90% of Thais are wearing masks. However, none of the farang are wearing masks This is the reason our country is being infected all around. We should be more careful of the farang than Asians.”

“At the moment it is winter in Europe and farang come to Thailand to hide from the disease. Many farang dress dirty and don’t shower. As hosts we have to be very careful.”

Last month the gaffe-prone Public Health Minister, and deputy Prime Minister, lost his cool during a media stunt being held at Bangkok’s busiest Skytrain station. The minister and his staff, all wearing face masks (except the minister who had his hanging around his neck), were handing out free paper face masks.

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Thailand’s mercurial Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has slammed foreign tourists who aren’t wearing face masks, or refuse to wear them when offered a free one offered by the government, says they “should be kicked out.” He was handing out government freebies at the Siam BTS station in Bangkok.

“All farangs, those tourists… that’s something the embassies should be notified about and the public as well that are not wearing masks.”

“We’re handing them out and they still refuse. They need to be kicked out of Thailand!”

The minister sort of apologised the next day for his ill-informed comments but dug a deeper hole by re-iterating that the ‘farang’ should be wearing face masks.

(Quotes translated from Thai Rath)

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    bruce

    March 13, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Please tell the Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul that I am a Farang that lives and works in Vietnam.
    I cancelled business trips to Cambodia & Thailand due to the obvious failures to report and assess. Thailand and Cambodia are now considered incubators by anyone who understands the information. It is now time to ban all travel from Thailand and Cambodia.
    Their failure to prevent chinese from entering is downright scary. Does he actually think a china wearing a face mask is less of a threat than a Farang not wearing one?
    I do btw, wear face masks. Also, I am respirator test fit for Hazmat response.

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    des

    March 19, 2020 at 2:45 am

    Well if COVID19 does not kill off tourism in thailand, your health minister’s ignorent comments certainly will. Some come here to escape winter. He is a fool to think people come here to escape a pandemic! COVID19 had not surfaced when i left the UK. If i was this man’s boss i’d be handing him his dismissal

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