Health Minister Issues Apology For Farrang Face Mask Outburst

Published on 7th February 2020 by Stickboy BKK

Health Minister Issues Apology For Farang Face Mask Outburst

The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has issued an apology this afternoon following his racial outburst on Friday morning that farrangs “should be kicked out” of Thailand if they don’t wear a face mask.

“Ai farangs, those tourists – that’s something the embassies should be noticed of and the public as well that are not wearing masks, We’re handing them out and they still refuse. They need to be kicked out of Thailand”, Anutin proclaimed to a press pack at SiamBTS this morning where free masks were being handed out as part of a public relations campaign.

Anutin continued, “They don’t care about the big picture and these tourists are in the country. We’re giving the masks to them and they still refuse” and “they don’t have any consideration to the situation”.

“The Chinese, the Asians – they are all taking [the masks], but those ai Europeans… that’s unbelievable”.

His references to farrangs and Europeans used derogatory prefixes.


Anutin’s comments immediately went viral drawing a huge backlash from both Thais and foreigners leading to him issuing an apology via his Facebook page in which he said his emotions got the better of him.

Many social media users were calling for his resignation as his comments come at a time when the tourism sector is at rock bottom due to the lack of Chinese tourists.

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