Over the last few days there has been some letters in the Bangkok Post regarding racial discrimination of foreign senior citizens by the BTS. Here are the letters:
Unfair fares on BTS – As a long-time foreign resident of Bangkok aged over 60, I wrote to the BTS asking them to explain the reasoning and justification behind their policy of offering the senior discount fare only to Thai citizens. Naturally, I received no response. Perhaps the management would care to respond on these pages? The MRT has no such discrimination policy.
– Barry Wood
No immediate reply from the BTS management but there was this letter of support the next day:
Bravo, MRT, Shame on you, BTS – In yesterday’s ‘‘PostBag’’, Barry Wood asks why the BTS is charging non-Thais over 60 more than Thais over 60, given that the MRT does not. I am also over 60, a resident of Thailand for 23 years, and would suggest a very straightforward answer: The BTS simply believes they can get away with such discrimination, exactly as national parks, museums, historic sites and many other attractions, not to mention tuk-tuks, taxis and some restaurants, also are extorting money from non-Thais with a flagrant double pricing strategy. I want to thank the MRT for not falling in line with this unscrupulous and unethical practice.
– Michel Barre, Nonthaburi
I asked on Twitter if anyone had experience of this and I got this reply:
RT @KristoferA: My father is 67 and can get a senior ticket on @MRT_BMCL, but @BTS_SkyTrain told him he has the wrong skin color for that
I also tried contacting BTS management but got no reply. But I did get a reply about the Rabbit Senior Card:
Senior Rabbit card can only be used by Thai Senior Citizens aged 60 years and over, according to date of birth as shown on Citizen ID, which must be presented upon request by BTS Staff.
So, what do you think? Racial discrimination or fair practice? After all, those senior citizens living on pensions are all rich people. Aren’t they?