Thailand’s gross domestic happiness index falls

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May 13, 2007, 8:59 GMT

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var PageContent= ‘ Bangkok – Thailand\’s Gross Domestic Happiness Index, which measures collective contentment on a 1 to 10 scale, fell to 5.1 points compared with 5.7 in November, an opinion poll revealed Sunday.

A survey of 4,363 people nationwide conducted by the Assumption University ABAC Poll, found that happiness hit to a nationwide low of 4.9 points in Thailand\’s southern provinces, where a separatist insurgency continues to claim lives on a daily basis, reported the Thai News Agency.

Elsewhere the happiness index was at 5.07 in Bangkok, 5.08 in the North-east, 5.15 in the central provinces and 5.20 in the North.

ABAC Poll director Noppadol Kannikar said the survey demonstrated the public\’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with various sectors including security, public utilities, good governance, trade, social justice, allocation of resources, education and community problems.

The latest poll showed the largest declines in public happiness with the government handling of security in the majority-Muslim deep South, where more than 2,100 have died in an increasingly violent separatist struggle over the past three years, and with its mismanagement of the economy.

\’The most urgent tasks for the government to undertake are controlling the violence in the South, resolving political turbulence and improving the national economy,\’ the survey concluded.

Thailand is currently under a non-elected interim government set up after a military coup ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his cabinet on September 19, 2006.

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Bangkok – Thailand’s Gross Domestic Happiness Index,
which measures collective contentment on a 1 to 10 scale, fell to 5.1
points compared with 5.7 in November, an opinion poll revealed Sunday.

A survey of 4,363 people nationwide conducted by the Assumption
University ABAC Poll, found that happiness hit to a nationwide low of
4.9 points in Thailand’s southern provinces, where a separatist
insurgency continues to claim lives on a daily basis, reported the Thai
News Agency.

Elsewhere the happiness index was at 5.07 in
Bangkok, 5.08 in the North-east, 5.15 in the central provinces and 5.20
in the North.

ABAC Poll director Noppadol Kannikar said the
survey demonstrated the public’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with
various sectors including security, public utilities, good governance,
trade, social justice, allocation of resources, education and community
problems.

The latest poll showed the largest declines in
public happiness with the government handling of security in the
majority-Muslim deep South, where more than 2,100 have died in an
increasingly violent separatist struggle over the past three years, and
with its mismanagement of the economy.

‘The most urgent tasks
for the government to undertake are controlling the violence in the
South, resolving political turbulence and improving the national
economy,’ the survey concluded.

Thailand is currently under a
non-elected interim government set up after a military coup ousted
former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his cabinet on September 19,
2006.

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  1. ABAC should make a survey early Jun-07. The courts are due to rule end May-07 whether Thai Rak Thai Party (Thaksin’s political party) and the Democrat Party will be dissolved or not. Whatever the courts rule, the Thai people expect more pain ahead because many troublemakers of opposing shades are waiting . . .

    I weep for my country Thailand.

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