When I was in Bangkok last Friday, the people went about with their business as usual. At the backdrop, the Thai judiciary was about to rule on the case which involved two major political parties in Thailand - Thai Rak Thai and the Democratic Party.
The verdict is out - Thai Rak Thai was found guilty of election fraud and risked being disbanded. The Thais did not go on riot. It is a sign of maturity and sensibility coming back to Thai politics.
This is my third visit to Bangkok, the last trip was in 2003. I can see the different on this trip. There are many new developments in the city centre. Many new condominiums, shopping malls and offices have sprouted out in the city.
My hotel was situated directly opposite the biggest shopping, Centre World, and it was such a sight. Many local stalls selling food, drinks and souvenirs can be found along the busy street outside the mall. It was a blend of modernity and local life.
However, the traffic jam in Bangkok is the most notorious I have ever encountered. It is obviously a threat to Bangkok's development and many productive hours are wasted on the roads daily.
Nevertheless, it is a city with a lot of charm. If the Thais can pull up their socks, get their house in order, resolve the conflict in Southern Thailand, conduct fair and peaceful general elections soon and elect in a new democratic government, the country will continue to flourish again.
The iconic King Bhumipol Adulyadej is the glue which help to bind his people together. I am sure His Majesty will be able to wave his magic wand once again to help the Thais get over the troubled waters.