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Thai health minister has a slash at ‘dirty farang’




File Photo: Thailand's Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul

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.

Kick foreigners, not wearing face-masks, out of Thailand – Minister | The Thaiger

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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    Friday, 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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    Thursday, 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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    Ron Hamer

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Allow Mask-wearing, Clean Humans from all countries.
    Immediately Kick-Out any Humans who Do Not Comply… and show their Disgusting, Filthy Mugs or Show Contempt and Disrepect as Guests in a foreign land.

    Also: TEST and RETEST them before and during their stays in Thailand.

    Good, Hygenic, Polite humans should be a welcome.

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    John James

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Typical stupid Thai monkey who has been bought off by the Chinese gov. I was smart to leave Thailand in December 2019. And I will never ever go back. Thais are racist, ignorant and the girls are all hookers which is why most of the scum from the west go there.

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    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    if next week these will not announced quarantine at home for business man without any cost . so easy at self quarantine at home with application tracking for 14 days. If don’t we will close 20 thais company and let 400 thai workers without job and salary
    they also want to complicate things, but to think you need brains that don’t have. so you do the simple things. quarantine at home for those with a work visa, and only 5 days for tourists otherwise no one will go to thailand anymore

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    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    thais lived just because farang gone to thailand but now they show them ideas vs who give food the them

    i hope no one want go thais after that news. showed all ignorance of them

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    Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Calling farang dirty the cheeky twat I’d love to give him a slap
    I use to watch Thai picking their feet not washing hands and then eat food that’s what I call dirty been to many girls rooms and they are disgusting

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    Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    I’ll take; “things that didn’t age well, for 500, Alex.”

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    What a great advertisement for Thailand. Farangs realize he is one of the junta, who would willingly go to Thailand and place yourself in his power.

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    mark smith

    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 4:27 am

    look around ,

    no foreign and the place is dead ,

    and I see every day Thai littering the beach and the streets , living they beer bottles all around and plastic cups.

    Im in Pattaya and everyone (Thai ) is about starving ,

    when to power buy yesterday the sale girl told me I was the only customer for the day .

    did a massage same story 1 client for the day .

    central festival has many shops empty closing dow .

    tokcom is about 70% close .

    90% of hotels closed .

    and you have that imbecile on the news making idiotic comments like that .

    I’m happy if no one come again …..

    they suffer and like they say SOMNANA for your tourism business .

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    John Carter

    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    @John James.
    You’re the racist. It’s clear from you’re small minded post. I’ve seen a lot of farangs not wearing mask. This is the reason I keep away from people like you. I’m from Europe and lived here in Thailand with no problems.

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    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    I don’t think Thailand is a safe haven at the moment as the Thai government has classified it as a high risk area

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    Paul Highway

    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    This is an old story

    Anutin remains a that of the highest order and is despised by resident “Farangs”

    Bet he hates the fact that we are getting free vaccinations….oh wait…that does not appear to be happening, particularly for us old fellas with poor health
    Sooner the junta is out the sooner Thailand will be back on track

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    Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 4:52 am

    With those rules of the Phuket Sandbox, it’s seemed like the island of prisoners not for tourists at all. Who the hell do really want to be there!r

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    Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    He’s the Health Minister responsible for public health. Thailand has been influenced by his advice and decisions and yet it now faulters despite strict lockdowns and closed borders to the pandemic. He should look towards the Chinese government as the source and global spread of covid19 and not complain at Farrang, Burmese migrants or excuse Thai people as we are all equally vulnerable to the spread of this virus. Maybe when the economy is totally on its knees he will remember that 20% of it comes from Farrangs and has for 60 years now!

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    Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Climate change must have really turned Europe upside down…..I remember when July used to be the middle of summer there…..not winter.

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    Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    These comments are scarry and certainly will not promote international tourism. There are other more welcoming countries.

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    Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    @bruce – Great statement. I am a farang, Canadian by the way living in thailand. I would like to say and chime in on your comment, dirty white Farang maybe, but what about the clean thai’s working and shopping in markets? Anutin needs to be careful to shoot off his mouth before his demented brain kicks in. I have a good notion to post my many Clean Thai’s not wearing the masks. Good one dude.

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    Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Typical stupid racist bigoted Thai idiot

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    Hansueli kündig

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    @Bruce – das ist auch einer der knapp 3 Jahre zur Schule ging! Der ist nicht verblendet, der ist verblödet. Übrigens sind es ja die Asiaten die uns das Virus geschenkt haben

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    Friday, July 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    I live in a small farm town in Suphanburi province. Counted 14 Thais at the PT station not wearing face masks. Girl along side my car at the light didn’t have one on either. Food vendors not wearing them. Thailand has more than one Trump style mouthpiece…Let’s remember the HISO Thais were the real catalyst of the current outbreak. Anything for his name and picture in papers I guess

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