STRIKING a sympathetic cord among Thai netizens today (Feb. 17) are photos of an elderly woman and her aging son who started their 35- kilometre walk from their house in Kamphaeng Phet province at midnight to get to the closest Krung Thai Bank branch, which they did at 4 a.m., and there they sat and waited to register for the new round of cash handout to help alleviate the coronavirus hardship, TV Channel 7 said.
Under the government’s Rao Chana (We Win) scheme, those who have taxable income of no more than 300,000 baht a year and not more than 500,000 baht bank savings, and who have not registered for handouts under “Mor33 Rao Rak Kan” (Section 33 We Love Each Other) scheme, nor do they have a smartphone or a Pao Tang e-wallet application, may register with Krung Thai baht for 7,000 baht aid.
Facebook user named “P’fon Kamonthip” who shared these photos made the following comment, “Because we cannot choose where to be born, feel so sorry for grandma and granddad, came to register for handout, left home at midnight and reached the bank at 4 a.m., but did not get a single baht, only a hope that they would get 7,000 #we win??”
As the post circulated online it led to those seeing it sympathizing with the elderly mother and son who are facing great hardship.
Later “P’fon Kamonthip” posted another message that Grandpa Chamnuey and Grandma Noi have got help from a team of reporters as well as an agency. Those who also want to help them could do so at the address on the ID card (shown in one of the photos).”
The elderly mother and son are waiting to register for cash assistance outside Krung Thai Bank branch. Photos: TV Channel 7