...the mother of a 13-year-old boy in Surabaya, in eastern Java, told the local media that her son had been forced by his teachers to share his answers to a national exam with his classmates. The mother, Siami, first complained to the school but was ignored. So she took her story to a local radio station.
Teachers telling pupils to cheat was bad enough, but the reaction to Siami’s whistle-blowing was worse. Instead of being hailed for her honesty, she found her house surrounded by a mob of neighbours and fellow-parents from the Gadel 2 elementary school, accusing her of “selfishness” and calling her a “disgrace to the school”. She and her family were forced to go and stay with relatives.
[Former President Thaksin Sinawatra] transformed the old politics of local patronage into a wholesale machine spreading goodies such as universal health care and microcredit nationwide. That challenged the establishment’s notions of a perfect and deferential hierarchy, with the king at the top and the poor at the bottom as grateful recipients of occasional largesse, while the elites and the army carried on enriching themselves.