Amusing Behavior: Tantrums in Bangkok

Temper tantrums in adults can, surely, be an early sign of mental illness and emotional problems. I don’t see much of that, with the people that I meet on a daily basis. The Thais are fond of smiling, or more often, merely remain silent in the face of a stubborn situation. Temper? Not much.

However I noticed a misbehavior pattern, common among some politicians and all wannabes, regardless of their political color and business affiliation – ranging from IT consultants to local suppliers of products and services. These people are prone to back-biting betrayal, which is also common in many countries, not just in Thailand (… or more like Bangkok).

I have seen Thais betray colleagues and former coworkers for a swing at money, doing what they can to secure a project even if they have to step on the heads of people. The intellectual community are also included in this equation. Amusing. Really.

As the government expedites programs on flood prevention, I had noticed people rushing for ‘participation’ in the national strategy. Oh I am not talking about the spirit of volunteerism. Instead, people are looking for a quick profit at the expense of others, especially with the upcoming, highly anticipated flood. And whats worse (for me that is), these individuals claim to represent NGOs and non-profit platforms. Their version of ‘doing good for society’ … I had noticed this last year when I was in a flooded-Bangkok in November.

Such behaviors are disgusting. Simply because when one is keen to help others during natural disasters, one should not be thinking (and scheming) about profitability at the expense of the poor and the miserable. But then again, as some may say, “This is Thailand” and to do the “Thai-style” … ah yes, whatever you bloody moron.

While the intellectual community in Bangkok work themselves to a frenzy to solve simple issues with complex solutions (somewhat like a mind-fuck fest among the educated), and the “community” representatives claim to do their work for the “benefits of the marginalized” … the element of humanity is still in the pisspot of redundancy.

Tantrums surface only so briefly, but the persistent rage of hypocrisy eats away at their intelligence, turning greed into honey, with every act of betrayal. Stupefied. Really.





An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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