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Peace talks between the Thai government and Patani nationalists led by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Patani (BRN) drags on with no breakthrough in sight. The fundamental disconnect impacting the peace process is the Dichotomy of Context between the two sides. The Thai government views the dialogue process as a way to rein in and disarm wayward “Thai Muslim Separatists” and to persuade the Patani Malay populace to accept Thai rule albeit with some administrative and cultural concessions. On the other hand, Patani nationalists regard the process as a step towards self-determination in their own land with the ultimate objective of regaining independence and the re-establishment of a Malay Muslim nation state.

After the initial rounds of dialogue coordinated and hosted by Malaysia, the Patani nationalists have hardened their stance, with a series of demands set as preconditions for further talks. These include Thailand’s recognition of the distinct identity, race and language of the Patani Malays; withdrawal of Thai troops from the restive region; peacekeeping duties to be conducted by local security forces; and amnesty for insurgents.

Additional conditions announced in early September 2013 include explicit Thai recognition of the BRN as liberators and not separatists; Malaysia's role to be upgraded from facilitator to mediator; presence of observers from ASEAN, the OIC and relevant NGOs during the dialogue process; a special administrative platform be set up under the Thai constitution; and the unconditional release of all detained suspects or imprisoned insurgents. BRN also sought guarantees for the Patani Malays’ freedom to practice Islam, seek education, conduct business, as well as to remain free from harassment.

Would the Thai state accede to these demands? Would even a partial concession be possible? Is there sufficient political will in Bangkok? What about the influential Thai military? Would Thailand gain from a softer negotiating posture? Could it afford further violence and bloodshed in its soft underbelly? Would these concessions bring peace and a semblance of normalcy to the Patani Region? Could the civilian government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra push the dialogue process to the next level? Who actually decides for Thailand? What more must be done? What is the end game?

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Patani: Behind The Accidental Border
2nd Edition. The Search for Elusive Peace


The insurgency in Thailand’s southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla, collectively defined as the Patani Region, is the most misunderstood conflict in the world today. In relative terms, the toll on human lives over the past half decade is surpassed only by the Iraqi and Afghan conflicts. But unlike those well-reported hotspots, very little is known about the Patani insurgency – its root causes; the identity and objectives of the main players; the historical context; the role and legitimacy of the Thai state; the sentiment of the populace – and this multifaceted ignorance sustains the ongoing socio-political tragedy. The insurgency has been vividly painted by many as a religious conflict perpetrated by misguided “Thai Muslims,” effectively calibrating all discourses towards a Pan-Islamist terrorism agenda.

This is further embellished by tales of economic backwardness due to lack of educational and vocational opportunities. The combination of religious zealotry and abject poverty are supposed to be the main catalysts of the insurgency and this narrative has largely shaped world perception, with policy initiatives geared towards economic development, scholastic reforms and inculcation of “moderate” Islamic teachings among the Patani people. These programmes come and go but the insurgency rages on with heightened intensity and brutality in a region also known cryptically as the Thai Deep South. Why is this the case? Who are the real stakeholders? What would be the end game? And could we resolve this conflict without a firm understanding of its root causes?

Together we shall seek the answers. This book will provide a definitive analysis of the insurgency in a region that was a prominent Malay Sultanate for a half-millennium but now tethered precariously to the southern underbelly of the Thai nation. Necessary attention will be given to its historical dimension and current regional geopolitical context and realities. This may dilute the conventional narrative meticulously crafted by others, and the revelations may be unpalatable to some. But without the historical truth and a firm grasp of the real issues, a just, meaningful and permanent solution could never be conceived. The detailed processes and methodologies of the Pattani Peace Initiative presented in this book would hopefully form the building blocks for sustainable peace, justice and reconciliation for the Patani Region.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Thank you

I must say the response to this book's January 2008 soft-launch was overwhelming. Word of mouth was enough to generate literally hundreds of e-mail inquiries and pre-orders from readers worldwide.

To the purchasers, thank you. To the many re-order customers, a double thank you. This book was a labor of love (+ blood, sweat and some tears) since I began collecting obscure manuscripts and maps of the Patani Region over twenty years ago and finally got down to putting my thoughts and findings to paper a year ago.

Your stirring response proved that the world at large is interested to hear the "other side" of the story, to truly comprehend the logic and dynamics of the socio-political issues that have bedevilled the Patani people for so long. The Patani Issue must be discussed. Feel free to share your thoughts and lets have a healthy discourse on the fate of the Patani people and their captive nation.

Thanks again ...........


Anonymous said...

Great read.

History has been cruel to the Patani people.

What hope for freedom?

Anonymous said...

On what basis was and is Thailand's "claim" on the Pattani Region? Race? Religion? The Thais got the bigger guns?

Let them go. Enough.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic writing style. More a non-fiction suspense thriller than a dry political book.

Offer it on Amazon and Google Book.


Guenther H.
Dresden, Deutschland

Anonymous said...

Congrats. Great work on a complex subject.

Now I understand this whole "Pattani Issue."

The Thais have no bizness down there.

Jim C.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Thai Buddhist. What my forefathers did to the Pattani people was wrong. This injustice must be corrected.

Anonymous said...

Dear Author

We just ordered five e-Books. Thanks for the discount. :)

Glad to hear you're a USC Trojan alumni as well. Small world!

Trojan '96
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Anonymous said...

I'm a Patani exile now in transit somewhere out there.

Thanks for the book.

Long overdue.

World .... please help us !

Anonymous said...

Pattani is part of Thailand!

We'll never allow separation.

We won it on the battlefield fair and square.

**- Chad Sassana Pramahakasat -**

Anonymous said...

Sunthon said: "We won it on the battlefield fair and square."

Now that the Patani people fight "on the battlefield" to get rid of Thai rule on their land, why are people like you complaining?

You win something by force, then you could lose it by force as well.

Anonymous said...

Compelling book.

Strong parallels to our Kosovo experience.

Radi in Prishtina

Anonymous said...

I'm a visiting scholar at Prince of Songkhla University, Pattani.

This book should be REQUIRED reading in this campus.

Thanks for your effort!

Anonymous said...

Pattani was annexed by Prathet Thai over 100 yrs ago.

Too long ago. This is Thai soil now.

KijangMas said...

thahan praan,

So you think a century is too long?? Spain was colonized and settled by North African Arabs (the "Moors") for over 700 years from the 8th to the early 15th centuries. But the Spanish regained their land literally inch by painful inch in hundreds of battles and ancient guerilla warfare and resistance not unlike today’s Patani Insurgency. Imagine if the Spanish race think like you? (No mas, no mas, SeƱor, we are now Moors, we were Spanish too long ago. Be real amigo”).

You know what? Vietnam was ruled mercilessly by Imperial China on four occasions – 207BC-39AD, 43-544AD, 602-905AD and 1407-27AD – for a total of 1,070 years! But did the Vietnamese gave up and became “Chinese” after a millennium of colonization? No. With a thousand yrs of practice, now you know why the Vietnamese reduced the French and Americans to springrolls against all odds? China itself was ruled by the Mongols for a century in the 13th-14th centuries and ruled for almost 300 yrs by the Manchus until the early 20th century. Did the Chinese capitulated and became “Mongols” or “Manchus”? Of course not. They were fighters!

India was ruled by the British Empire for almost two centuries until 1947. Are the British there now as rulers? Indonesia was under crippling Dutch rule for 350 yrs but reemerged after WWII to expel the Dutch from Aceh all the way to Papua. Based on your logic, why should Hong Kong revert to China after 156 yrs as a British Crown Colony? And Macau was a Portuguese colony for four hundred years before reverting back to their Chinese brethrens. I can go on and on ………………

So, how long was Patani ruled by Thailand? Too long for you? Nationalist struggles are fought over hundreds of yrs over many generations. The 3m+ Patani Malays will NEVER be Thais. You can torture them, make many of them "disappear," put them in concentration camps, change their names, change the names of their towns and cities, erase their ethnicity and language and so on .......... BUT you will NEVER make them Thais. There are better odds of YOU being a "Burmese" than the Patani people becoming Thais.

Anonymous said...

Read the e-Book over the weekend.

Reaction: WOW!

Such depth and granularity of thought over such an obscure issue.

Colonialism is alive and kicking in Southeast Asia.

Who will save the Patani people?

Los Gatos, California

Anonymous said...

What are the Thais thinkin'?

Why hold on to this obviously FOREIGN land? Is this a form of politico-masochism??

Let these people go.

Boris in Boston, MA

Anonymous said...

I luv tis book.

Fantastique. Got humor as well.

Thank you kijangmaz.

Anonymous said...


You are a hero of the Patani people.

I only have one thing to say:-


for the book.

We will never be able to repay your deed.


Yusuf Daoud al-Fathoni
Dahran, KSA

satD said...

Salam KijangMas

What u r doing both for Malaysia and Pattani is simply amazing......


1 of 6 billion said...

Salam Kijangmaz(Golden Deer),

I hope this msg reach u in a good health.I open this link because ur name is the same as our Bank Negara Malaysia Logo which is a Kijang Emas. I was looking for the gold coins issued by the Central Bank/Bank Negara. Alhamdulillah (thank god) the net brought me to a better site.
I have a few questions to ask please:

Do the Pattani people want an independent state in between Thailand and Malaysia?

Will there be a political stability in a newly created small nation?

Will it be an Islamic State similiar to Iran?I hope not since leaders in any part of the world fancy using God's name to justify their terrible actions.I hate to see US/NATO army building another base near my country in the name of preserving regional peace.

Is the only solution is an independent state?Why not use UK models with 1st minister and Pattani Parliment.Someone somewhere will pop up and say hey Im the long lost son of the Pattani Sultan.(That will be me of course (",) ).Backed by some foreign forces and topples the Democratic Government.Just make sure there's not a lot of oil reserves surrouding Pattani.he2.

If the Monarchy can ensure stability why not use our model.Become the 15th state of the Federation.Yeah.But this will definitely strain the relationship built over the years thru various front such as ASEAN etc.But the Pattani people will be happy to write their nationality as MALAYsian.Lol.I like to kid so dont take me seriusly.

Salam brother where ever u r.
We are many colours.
But we are human.
Nothing more.
Nothing less.
Pen is the mightiest of force.
No wonder all religion is written by pen.
Ask a group of Pattani leaders to lobby world leaders.
Collect fund via MalaysianToday website.
The readers are sometimes very generous.
That I can vouch myself.he2.

Phaya Pipit Phakdi said...

1 of 6 billion said:-
"Become the 15th state of the Federation."

15th? There are 13 states in the Malaysian federation. The Federal Territories of KL, Putrajaya and Labuan are not "states." What's the 14th?

Get your math right first before imploring others.

1 in 6 billion said...

TQ so much Math Teacher for pointing my error..
But I remember clearly answering my primary school test Negeri2 diMalaysia ada berapa?(How many states in Malaysia?)
And the correct answer is 14.
We Malaysians always consider FT(KL & Labuan) as a state.But being a Wiki junkie might beg 2 differ.
Federal Teritory is just a tech term as you have to be very specific in English.
The differences are FT x have Governor/Sultan and a state parliment..
Come on la Siamese..
Follow our example la..
When Singaporean x want to be part of Malaysia we let them go..
Killing is a barbaric act..

Peace out..

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