Opinion: ‘Thais-only’ policy is racism, pure and simple

‘This cannot be serious” was my initial reaction to news reports saying the Transport Company is imposing a ban on foreign travellers as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Or it might be fake news? In fact, such news reports are strange enough to belong in a “believe it or not” column.

So yesterday I telephoned the company’s call centre and the female operator just confirmed with a simple “yes”. She also said the weird rule applied to all expats who have been living here for decades.

“If they are foreigners, they cannot board the bus,” she said, adding the rule requires all passengers to show an identification card to prove they are Thai.

The information officer said it is the company’s policy and she had no idea when the ban would be lifted.

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