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Chaturon slams government's handling of overseas Thais wanting to return

Apr 05. 2020
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By The Nation

Chaturon Chaisang, a former member of the dissolved Thai Raksa Chart Party, wants overseas Thais to be able to return to their homeland despite the new directive restricting arrivals.

Chaturon posted a message on his Facebook account criticising the government’s new directive asking Thais who live overseas to postpone their return to Thailand.

He said the incident of 158 returnees from Japan, Qatar and Singapore shunning quarantine on Friday night showed the government did not have an effective procedure to cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

Some people did not even know whether they had to be in quarantine while the others were afraid of a substandard quarantine room or being forced to stay with other passengers who might be infected with Covid-19.

The officials also lacked a clear direction leading to turmoil at Suvarnabhumi Airport as the government had allowed international tourists to enter Thailand during a period of two to three months.

Regarding the restriction on Thais returning to their homeland, he said that the government should have facilitated their return long before the situation got worse.

The government’s move created the impression that those people were unwanted, which would cause hardship in management since, during this crisis, collaboration was the key, he said.

Chaturon said that Thai people who lived abroad should be able to return to their homes but the government must initiate an effective measure to quarantine them in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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