Since the March 24 announcement of the emergency decree, which was imposed at midnight today, social media has been ringing with sentiments. Some say it’s about time. Some say it’s too late. Many are simply frustrated by it.
These are some of the reactions to the March 24 announcement that you might find entertaining.
“Two months ago, what should have been done was closing down the country. Forbid tourists from coming in, reduce the viral outbreak. Don’t announce it now. There’s no use. Plus, the national economy is destroyed. The disease, in a month or two, will be gone. At the most, one or two years. It has already spread this far. #theCowsAreGoneBeforeTheShedIsBuilt #EmergencyDecree”
“#EmergencyDecree #COVID19 #GovernmentSucks”
“What has got me really, really scared about #EmergencyDecree is that it’s like signing a blank check and giving it to someone who doesn’t know how to manage money. Like giving limitless power to someone undeserving. I’m afraid what will happen is the arrest of people with opposing opinions. Using the power to push measures without consulting anyone. Details are so few, making it even scarier.”
“#EmergencyDecree Giving the highest power to the person who is currently the least trustworthy. We’re done for.”
(Tweet from a politician of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart Party and former minister in Pheu Thai and Thai Rak Thai Governments.)
“South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore all use the internet and social [media] online to fight coronavirus effectively. You can find out where the masks are, who is currently under quarantine, how to look after each other. These are the things that the Thai government must learn from. Not treat netizens like they are the enemies. #EmergencyDecree”
“I’m sorry, but is the #EmergencyDecree for controlling the virus, or controlling “viral” [news]? I don’t see them talking about the people’s health and well-being. They only talk about the use of social media… yeah, like it’s not obvious.”
“#EmergencyDecree – more like Article 44.” [The law that gave the prime minister full power during his dictatorship reign.]