The Bangkok Governor posted on his personal Facebook page a status asking Bangkokians to help tackle Bangkok’s pollution problem that is at crisis levels in certain areas by using public transportation instead of their personal vehicles.
The backlash fired almost instantly from Bangkokians who saw the Bangkok Governor’s status. A popular comment made was, in fact, a question aimed back to the Governor, this is to challenge him to stop using his private cars and perhaps travel to work by the public transportation system in Bangkok without cars from his team opening up special routes and blocking other cars off, this in itself would help lessen the Bangkok traffic.
Using public transportation will give the Governor an idea of how efficient the system is in Bangkok and why many still choose to travel by private cars although it seems to be many options available such as the BTS, MRT, bus, vans, Win motorbikes, and more. There must be some major issues to the system if there are so many options to choose from but Bangkokians still choose to use and purchase private cars that are much higher priced than Western countries.
One Facebook user commented his personal experience that driving to work takes him about 20 – 25 minutes but when he tried traveling by public transportation it took him 3 hours, instead of telling citizens what to do, how about the Governor try it out for himself first? Over 360 people liked the comment. Another user pointed out a common flaw found in Bangkok, this is the sad walkways that are left dirty, the city sewer system that floods the roads in some areas if it rains for 10 minutes, a lack of lights at night, staircases with unequal steps, and slippery slopes. Bangkokians have to live life carefully because one wrong step can lead them to personal injury by accident.
One of the most liked comments pointed out that public buses are often seen to emit black smoke into the air, construction vehicles and construction sites located all over the city creates dust particles daily for the people in the area. Big trees can hardly be found, should the responsibility be pushed to the people, or should the city take a look in the mirror.
FB Caption: Bangkokians want the Governor to try traveling to work by the public transportation system before advising the people to do so.