It’s the time to visit Thailand, again.
I have just submitted my annual leave form to apply for holidays to visit Chiang Mai. Mentioning that you plan to visit Thailand to a Malaysian always brings a cheeky look from the listeners. “You seem to be in Thailand during all your holidays if I recall correctly. Are you sure you don’t have a family there?”
The following news that appears in BBC website for the past one week should convince those asking the questions that there are no better places to go for holidays but Northern Thailand for safety reasons.
Iraq car bomb kills at least 30 (30 October)
At least 30 people have been killed in a car bombing in a Shia village north of Baghdad, Iraqi police have said. (Muslim Shia – Muslim Sunni)
Three Indonesian girls beheaded (29 Nov)
Three girls have been beheaded and another badly injured as they walked to a Christian school in Indonesia. (Muslim – Christian)
Deadly blasts hit Indian capital (29 October)
More than 50 people are dead and scores wounded in a series of suspected bomb blasts in India’s capital, Delhi. (Muslim – Hindu)
Five die in Israel market bombing (27 October)
At least five people have been killed and up to 30 wounded in what police say was a suicide bomb attack in the northern Israeli town of Hadera. (Muslim – Jew)
Six dead in south Thailand raids (27 October)
At least six people have died in a wave of co-ordinated attacks in southern Thailand, which officials blamed on suspected Muslim militants.” (Muslim – Buddhist>
Shouldn’t we put Moral first before Religion lest human race will be wiped out of this planet?
Last year, I was in Mae Sot on first day of Muslim Adil Fitri (Idul Fitri in Indonesian). Most of the Muslims there are of Indian or Pakistanis descent. This year, I will go to Chiang Mai Ban Ho Mosque area to see how the Chinese Muslims there celebrates their Adil Fitri. Chiang Mai Chinese Muslims are industrious and very well integrated with Thai life, unlike the Southern Thai Muslims.
I will sing alien-style Thai National Anthem in the market this trip. Chaiyo!