This is Part II of the story of an ailing man who’s struggling to navigate Thailand’s revered healthcare system — one that fails to care for its neediest patients. Today’s story discusses the larger forces that have impacted his fate.
In November villagers in Loei Province protested the renewal of a forest use license for the Phuthapfa gold mining site, operated by Tungkum Ltd (TKL). If the TAO grants the license, Tungkum Ltd will once again have all the licenses needed to restart operations in the gold mine.
Wearing the traditional student uniform of white shirt and black pants, Noom is the apparent epitome of a regular middle-class medical student from Isaan. But the future doctor is unusually critical of Thailand’s health care system and its “demi-gods in white.”
Recently released from Bangkok Remand Prison, Patiwat Saraiyaem laughs as he tells his story. Mixed with passion, fear, disappointment, and hope, he proudly speaks about his life as an actor, a prisoner, a monk, and a molam singing activist.