hard to define the Thailand Haiti relation if we
take into consideration two facts coming from
Thailand that were disapproved by the public and
media. After the earthquake that destroyed Haiti,
the Thai government promised a help of $20.000 for
Haiti. The media and the world’s countries violently
reacted saying that countries poorer than Thailand
offered more substantial help for Haiti.
government was accused of being cheap and
embarrassing the Thai nation.
media mentioned that Thailand received a substantial
help when it was affected by the tsunami and in case
of another disaster, the world will not respond so
positive if the Thai government will not supply the
amount for Haiti.
After few days of being the
main subject of the press, the Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva announced on January 19, 2010 that Thailand will
help Haiti with $900.000 (30 million Baht) and with tons of
rice. There is
also a weird thing in the Thailand Haiti relation
that constituted a subject in press.
After the government of Thailand was criticised of
donating such a small amount to Haiti, the government
offered 50.000 whitening skin cream bottles to the
that the foreign minister Kasit Piromya said that
the Haitians are poor because they are all
dark-skinned and a lighter skin will bring them more
Unilever Thailand sponsored this donation
offering also 50.000 Citra’s brochure copies in
which the power of the double action of Citra:
brightening and anti-aging.
The regional marketing
director of Unilever, Marlene Van Houten explained
that the UV protection of the skin cream will
protect the Haitians who will stay in line for the
food shipments and the Haitians who will try to fix
their destroyed villages.
This whitening skin cream donation is the first large
donation of this type for a zone affected by natural
disasters. The Thai prime minister also added that many
people encouraged this donation, so it is obvious that the
Thais are generous people.
said that the prime minister’s statement was
sustained by many people that were interviewed. He
said that the discussion about the Haitians’ dark
colour appeared every time and so they thought that
the people of Haiti need more than money as help.
The office worker Vasana Prasarnmit said that he
donated money for the Chinese affected by the
Sichuan earthquake but he doesn’t want to give
anything to the Haitians because they are very dark.
These words sound like a racist attack, the office
worker saying that he would have donated something
if the Haitians were lighter, like the president
According to the
brochure donated by Unilever, the earthquake’s starving
survivors and the homeless will look brighter in whiter in
only two weeks due to the whitening cream. And being whiter,
they will manage to secure more help. Even a professor of
Sociology, Urmkit Srisomwattanathip, said that a white skin
can be the solution to find the success in life.