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[Special Alumni Talk] [Tawi Kuerkulsvasti, Thailand's most successful businessman.] (Tawi Kuerkulsvasti, a businessman who’s continually been in the headlines since I lived in Russia.) (Tawi is a supporter of a political party.) (He has the ability to strike economic bargains and run the country.) (He’s become the first tycoon on people’s boycott list.) You’re early today. You’ve been gone for days. Where were you? Gram. I got up early. That’s why I came early. Should we join and cause him some trouble? Make him afraid to show up at any other event. Cause him trouble? Like you said. This asshole enjoys taking advantage of others. He will pay someday. You’re wearing perfume now? Do you want to eat first or go straight to class? Hey, your skin looks better. You styled your hair too, huh? I didn’t. Come on. I’m not complaining. I’d always wanted you to do it but you never did. Ah! I know it. You were missing because you met a girl, didn’t you? No girl. Let’s get to class.
Where’s the class anyway? Want to know where? Catch up with me. Gram, Black. (Who’s she now?) I thought we were late, but the professor is even later. She was here but she left. We’re supposed to study Rule of Law and Rule by Law. Then we’ll take a quiz. So, there’s a quiz today? This class always comes with a quiz. Why do you sound surprised? Look at you. Did you forget? Fine, I’ll help you study. What’s the difference between Rule of Law and Rule by Law? Tell me. Come again. What’s the difference between Rule of Law and Rule by Law? What are the words in Thai? To use the rule of law and to be ruled by law? Almost got it. Rule of Law means all laws apply equally or we call it ‘Nititham’ in Thai. And the countries where rule of law applies are called ‘Nitirat.’ Legal states. Right you are. It got stuck on the tip of my tongue. You’re normally an expert on this stuff. Were you trying to test Gram? No. I just forgot the Thai words.
Fine. Let me start over. Rule of Law is the highest and the most sacred law. The whole state is subject to the law. Everyone is equal under the same law. Now, do you think Thailand is led by ‘rule of law?’ Of course. Are you trying to drive me nuts, Black? Thailand is obviously under ‘rule by law.’ Citizens are governed by law. Governing authorities make and enforce laws to benefit themselves. They interpret the laws to persecute people who oppose them. This is called a double standard. You’re wrong. Thai laws are obliged by statutory interpretation. You might disagree with the court’s verdict, but you can’t assume it's not in the best interests of most people. You’re a law student, you must provide statutory references. We need to debate it case by case. That’s the right thing to do. Then for this quiz, I’ll mention Tawi’s forest trespassing property. It's the most obvious case. Tawi was able to purchase a national forest to build a residence. However, native people who had previously resided there were evicted. It exemplifies the concept of ‘rule by law.’ The same legislation was applied differently.
Villagers had no power and voices. They were evicted even if they could provide proof that they’d lived there for generations. Hey, I get you. But you need to consider the fact that Tawi had land ownership paperwork. The locals, however, did not. If you use this case, you will not receive a score. I'm afraid I won't be able to help you. Was there such a case like that? Stop pretending. I know you’re trying to fool me. You’re kidding me, aren’t you? The professor is here. Are we all ready? Let’s go through it again before the quiz. Please take a look over here. Now try to memorize the slides. And you have memorized it all, right? Let’s start the quiz now. Where is everyone? Why are you asking about them? Can’t I ask? You don’t usually ask for anyone. You’re acting weird today. I just have something to talk to them about. Are you guys fighting again? We’re going to the garage anyway. Let’s meet them there. Why are you just standing there? Where is your ride?
What ride? Your motorbike. What’s up with you today? The engine died. I left it at home. Hey! But you must have a ride today. Did you forget? I couldn’t get it started. What do you want me to do? Where have you been exactly? I got some personal stuff to deal with. Why do you want to know? Fine. I won’t butt in. I just know your ride is quite a big deal for you. It’s surprising it broke down today. Ride with me for now. Here. Whose helmet is that? Just take it. We can return it later. Black, you keep surprising me today. Why? Nothing. This is good. I like this version of you. Shit! What are you doing? I’m using the bathroom. Don’t lie.
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