Avoid going to border towns

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  • Thursday, 28 Sep 2006

ALOR STAR: Malaysians have been advised against going to border towns in Thailand for Hari Raya shopping and entertainment. 

Malaysia-Thailand Border Coordination Office director Col Khlir Mohd Nor said that although the situation in Thailand was “far more peaceful” after the coup d’etat, people should remain cautious. 

“Anything could happen at any time. Why go all the way to border towns to shop when the prices of goods sold in those areas are not exactly cheaper,” he said.  

To those who insist on going to border towns, Col Khlir advised them to take passports or proper travel documents. 

“Please do not cross the border without legal documents. Do not take the risk. Anything could happen.  

“People must remember that Thailand is still under junta rule,” he said. 

On the situation in southern Thailand, he said there had been two isolated incidents in Narathiwat and Pattani. 

“The attackers apparently wanted to show their claws. Probably, it is their way of telling people that they are still around,” he added. 

Meanwhile, a diplomat who declined to be named said army chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin did not want to reveal too much about his plans. 

“Gen Sonthi prefers to do everything quietly. He is a calculative, cool-headed and quiet man. But he is doing a lot to bring about reform. 

“Gen Sonthi is also committed to resolving the conflict in southern Thailand,” said the diplomat.  

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