‘Leave Thailand’ group gets over 650,000 followers


Moderately busy: People shopping at a market in Bangkok before the latest Covid-19 curbs were imposed. A new social media movement has raised concern over the departure of people from Thailand. — AFP

MORE than half a million Thais have joined a social media group urging people to move out of the country, reflecting dissatisfaction with the government.

“Yai Pratet Kan Ter” (Let’s move from this country) was created as a Facebook group on Saturday.

By yesterday, the number of people who had signed up had reached around 650,000.

Most of the content in this group is about experiences of people outside Thailand, as well as advice on how to move to other countries.

Some members shared details such as welfare and salary range in the countries they were living in.

Some posts in the group attacked the government and showed dissatisfaction with Thailand’s welfare system.

The social media movement also raised concern about most youngsters moving out of Thailand, hampering the development of the country in the long term.

Reacting to this development, former election commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said the government must not think of it as a joke.

“My daughter who lived abroad even asked me if I wanted to move out of Thailand,” he added. — The Nation/ANN

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