Keeping palaces dry

24 10 2011

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has a princely heritage and as well as vowing to keep water out of the king’s current lodgings at Siriraj Hospital, at the riverside in Thonburi, the Bangkok Post reports:

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will put its utmost effort into protecting the royal palaces from flooding, Bangkok Governor Sukhumphand Paribatra said on Monday.

The BMA will take measures to ensure that the palaces will not be flooded, he said, even though the water is likely to inundate the districts of Don Mueang, Lasksi, Bang Khen, Chatuchak, Bang Sue and Sai Mai.

Keeping hospitals dry in an emergency makes good sense. As for palaces, again we have to wonder if this isn’t another case where royalism trumps good sense, planning and the public good.



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26 10 2011
“No special attention to palaces” « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] is being read in high places, but this report (reproduced in full below) feels like a response to our earlier post on special attention to palaces during the floods. That post was not the first where we had noted […]

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