Thailand’s southern states, July 2006. Wikimedia Commons

By Kavi Chongkittavorn

The Bangkok Post-Oct 9

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is coming to Thailand later this month to try and tamp down the festering violence in southern Thailand. As his return to power in May has rejuvenated his country’s openness and democratization, he offers a ray of hope to Thailand’s future peace and stability.

After all, Thais still remember his famous pronouncement during his previous premiership when he visited southern Thailand in the 1980s and urged Thai-Malaysian citizens with dual nationalities to respect Thai laws.

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First published in: Bangkok Post