Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Let's go colour blind for a while
Red and yellow used to be the most popular colours on the streets. Now, Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva has told his Cabinet to avoid organizing "blue-shirted" people to mark special occasions.
He doesn't want to make blue another "taboo" colour.
The premier told his Cabinet yesterday that it's a good thing that the Interior Ministry is organizing a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's ascension to the throne on May 5.
"Make sure, though, that they come voluntarily. Don't mobilize them by order," he told his ministers.
When he heard that the ministry's officials were organizing as many as 200,000 "blue-shirted" citizens to mark the occasion, the premier said: "Please, make sure that people aren't told what colour of shirt to wear. Let them wear whatever colour they want. Otherwise, there will be another colour marked as taboo..."
Japan, he said, has already advised its citizens NOT to wear yellow or red when they arrive in Thailand.
I guess our country has plunged into this mess because we have become too "colourful." Let's go colourless for a while.