No one doubts that better law enforcement at the various entry points to Thailand would help block unwanted elements. High-ranking officials also send out mixed and confusing signals, such as Prawit’s baffling statement linking visa abuse to Islamic State terrorism. He and the rest of the state security apparatus owe the public an explanation about this apparent terrorist presence in Thailand, if indeed there is one. If not, the authorities have often turned a blind eye, reasoning that the government can’t risk becoming mired in another nation’s conflicts. Foreign crime syndicates are operating in Pattaya and Phuket with little restraint – and in fact often with the cooperation of the local authorities.
Source: The Nation Bangkok November 14, 2017 15:11 UTC