Thai taxi discuss tiff: Dialect debate drives social media stir

The Thai Taxi Association ignited a heated debate on the nation’s social media platforms after they advised the capital’s taxi drivers to avoid speaking to passengers in the Isaan dialect so as to degree up the service commonplace of Thai taxis.
Bangkok is taken into account to have essentially the most taxis in Thailand because of the bustling demand for his or her services making drivers from several of the kingdom’s areas flock to the capital metropolis to earn extra money.
It is not unusual for taxi drivers to slip into their native dialect when communicating with Thai passengers, notably once they discover that their passengers are from their house provinces. While some drivers make use of the standard Thai language, traces of their regional accents often persist.
The issue of dialect usage had never assumed centre stage till the Thai Taxi Association posted an official suggestion on its official Facebook web page stating…

“Announcement. Please use the “Thai language (standard Thai language)” when interacting with passengers. Avoid utilizing the Isaan dialect with passengers. This step will enhance the professional image and repair commonplace of Thai taxi drivers.”

Netizens expressed their opinions on the announcement with most insisting that using the standard Thai language doesn’t play a big position in professionalism or high service standards.
Some netizens from the northeastern provinces found the advice to be racist and expressed their anger within the feedback part.
“I am Isaan individuals. What’s the problem?”

“Only Isaan accent? What in regards to the southern accent?”

“Are you telling me that Isaan language is inferior to the usual one?”

“I use taxis almost every day. I do not care about your dialect. What I want you to do is stop complaining about random stuff whereas driving.”

“I suggest the page administrator to stop eating Isaan food. Can you do that?”

“Level up the service standard? Maybe you want to start with your mindset and attitude.”

One netizen claimed that the administrator is also a taxi driver. He has been operating a number of Facebook pages to give recommendations to different drivers. The netizen additionally said that a group of taxi drivers as quickly as physically assaulted the administrator because of his provocative statements.
The news agency, PPTV HD, reported yesterday that the group had made efforts to contact the Facebook administrator to discuss the rationale behind the recommendation however obtained no response.
Shocking is not the primary time that the Thai Taxi Association’s Facebook web page has come underneath fire from netizens. Recently, the Facebook page confronted criticism for advising passengers not to request cellphone chargers, not to ask for pit stops, to recollect to tip drivers, and to opt for Grab companies during peak hours or when faced with driver refusals

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