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Local train services from Hat Yai town to destinations beyond the southern border province of Yala have been suspended from today (Monday) until further notice after a train was shot at, allegedly by insurgents, as it was travelling between two stations in Rueso district of Narathiwat province yesterday evening.

 

No passengers or train officials were hurt, but the incident prompted the State Railway of Thailand Labour Union to demand a tightening of security on local trains in Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces to ensure the safety of passengers and train officials.

 

The SRT labour union, in a statement issued today, suggested that only train services to Yala province should continue, while service to destinations beyond the province should be suspended temporarily, until enhanced security is in place.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/train-services-to-southern-destinations-beyond-yala-temporarily-suspended/

 

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16 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

No passengers or train officials were hurt, but the incident prompted the State Railway of Thailand Labour Union to demand a tightening of security on local trains in Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces to ensure the safety of passengers and train officials.

Not sure why the insurgents did that, it's hardly going to gain popularity among locals.

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4 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Not sure why the insurgents did that, it's hardly going to gain popularity among locals.

The insurgents don’t give a flying **** how popular or unpopular they are. They just want to shove their version of Islam down everybody’s throat and they believe they are entitled to do literally anything and everything to make their ‘utopia’ become reality.

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12 hours ago, bangon04 said:

Give the southern provinces back to malaysia - then it is their problem...

They were never part of Malaysia, so there's no giving back. Read up on the history of the conflict before making remarks.

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11 hours ago, MarcelV said:

They were never part of Malaysia, so there's no giving back. Read up on the history of the conflict before making remarks.

You are technically correct, as Malaysia did not exist then.

 

The Sultanate of Patani (which was ethnically Malay and Muslim) was forcibly assimilated under the leadership of Phibun in the 1930s as part of Thainess imposed cultural values and government. This has been resented ever since.

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16 hours ago, bangon04 said:

You are technically correct, as Malaysia did not exist then.

 

The Sultanate of Patani (which was ethnically Malay and Muslim) was forcibly assimilated under the leadership of Phibun in the 1930s as part of Thainess imposed cultural values and government. This has been resented ever since.

I have lived and worked in Narathiwat  for many years now, so as a foreigner I pretty much have an objective, outside look.

My simple take on the situation is that the overwhelming majority of people doesn't want to be either part of Malaysia or an independent state. However, the same people would like the region to have more of an autonomous status and be able to vote for their own governor, teach their children in the Jawi dialect instead of Thai and not be last in line for government jobs.

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