Oct 5, 2008
Human Terrain Exploit: Idle Chatting Muslims ;)
[Thailand] Village teashops will no longer be just places for refreshments, as they have now been asked to double as public relations centres for the government.
This move is aimed at disseminating accurate information to the public in the government's drive to promote peace in the deep South.
Pranai Suwannarat, director of the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC), said a network of village teashops has been established by the state in all the 1,320 villages of the three southernmost provinces to bring about an understanding on state efforts to restore peace in the region and keep southerners from being misled by insurgent groups.
Village teashops will also be promoted as communal forums to discuss and exchange information on how to deal with the southern issues.
"Muslim people always like to involve themselves in idle chat at village teashops or coffee shops. Undoubtedly, these shops are seen as a key strategy in the psychological warfare and public relations campaign of the state to try to win over the people," Mr Pranai said.