BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — The Thai prime minister fired his agriculture and defense ministers Wednesday as part of a high-level shake-up aimed at tackling a deadly outbreak of bird flu and a bloody separatist insurgency in the Muslim-dominated south….
To help quell the Muslim insurgency, Thaksin appointed Aree Wong-areeya, himself a Muslim and a longtime civil servant at the Interior Ministry. He was made deputy minister of education and asked to help reform Islamic religious schools in the south, which have been accused by some security officials of sheltering militants and promoting separatism.
Thaksin told reporters he wants Aree to supervise the schools and not “allow those crazy teachers to instigate the Muslim youths in the wrong way, like they do currently.”
Good luck, Aree!