EN: Putting things into Perspective


In a previous post I talked about taxes being imposed upon the people across the word due to the current global economic crisis and why it shouldn’t be any different here.

Truth be told, I like the way business is done in Asia & the way that taxes are extracted (if you can ever like that), it keeps the money local & flying around the community rather than going to a central government depository.

Most ‘supposed’ first world countries have laws which literally hamstring you from doing business, there is so much bureaucracy that you’d spend a fortune on pens & licenses before you even got started. Here those same rules exist, ie: You need licenses to operate & do just about anything, the difference being, that many people choose to ignore this fact!

For example, there is a current national law which states that alcohol cannot be sold between 2 & 5pm just as it can’t be sold after midnight but go anywhere in Pai & you can buy a beer in a restaurant during these times! There are laws about wearing helmets, properly registering your motorbikes & cars, owning a valid driver’s license,  registering taxi services and bus companies etc etc etc, but what attracts many foreigners to this country is the freedom to ignore these laws …

I guess what I’m trying to say is that nothing in this world is free. If you want the freedom to ignore these laws then in these times of austerity, somehow, someway you’re going to have to pay!

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Galletto is a surprisingly accurate yet indolent journalist that volunteers as a part time guest writer for the Pai Explorer Map & Blog.