Netizens tease govt about repainting zebra crossings for Apec


THAI netizens zeroed in on the Chidlom zebra crossings that have been repainted bright red for the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit taking place during Nov. 16-19 with one of them teasing that this is a great window-dressing job, said today (Nov. 11).

A Facebook page with a Thai name translating to “Hey, this is a footpath in Thailand” shared the photo of the freshly repainted zebra crossings with a comment, “City is beautiful these days and the traffic clear.”

Aside from one netizen saying Thailand is world’s number one at window-dressing some of the others said the following:

“Move the meetings to all 77 provinces.”

“Should take the leaders who are coming to Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre to tour Klong Toey market, by just crossing the road to the other side they will see a clear picture.”

“Are they afraid of global leaders being hit when crossing the road?”

“It would be good if meetings were held all over Bangkok so that they see some marvelous sights across the city … too bad they didn’t come during the rainy season, they would have seen Venice of the East.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Jaryuth Jaturapornprasit, who ran as Move Forward Party’s candidate for member of parliament in Yannawa and Bang Kho Laem districts of Bangkok, said the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in just one day buried all the power lines along Ratchadapisek road in front of Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre which immediately improved the scenery, with beautiful architecture and the sky visible without messy wires obstructing the view.

“People have been complaining about this for a very long time. Many places are more disorganised and dangerous too with there having been fires. However, problems have still not been fixed. They claim this and that with the responsibility shunted back and forth. But when there is a meeting of global leaders, this problem disappears in one day,” he said.


The beautifully repainted zebra crossings at Chidlom. Photo:

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This report has been updated to state that the Apec summit runs from Wednesday Nov. 16 till Saturday Nov. 19 and does not end on Friday Nov. 18. We regret this error.

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