Thai Deputy PM’s remark on boat disaster outrages Chinese internet

Last Thursday, a tour boat carrying mostly Chinese visitors sank in a storm off Thailand’s southern resort island of Phuket. More than 40 people died and several people are still unaccounted for. On Monday, as the rescue efforts progressed, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon blamed the tragedy on Chinese tour operators.

“The whole incident is basically Chinese people harming their fellows,” he stated, adding that had the operators listened to safety warnings before venturing out to sea, the tragedy could have been avoided. On the Chinese internet, people called him irresponsible and offensive.