“An alien with such characteristics will be prohibited from entering the kingdom.”

Seen at Pedang Besar, the border stop on the southern rail line. Forty years ago this sign made sense, but now?



Everything I’ve read or heard about how to request a visa comes down to ‘Be respectable’. Last year I went to the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur for a Tourist Visa. While waiting for my number to be called an angry voice caught my attention, as it did most of the people in the room. A Thai man behind the counter was getting louder with each word. Can’t remember what he said except for the last sentence, which was something like “And don’t ever come back here again!”. The visa seeker he was talking to was wearing a singlet (tank top to us Yanks), shorts, sandals, dreads past his shoulders and although the clothes may have been clean they were faded and worn. Every other man in the room had on long pants, shoes & socks, and a shirt with buttons. As singlet dude walked out of the room one of the people he passed said “What were you thinking?”.

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One Response to “An alien with such characteristics will be prohibited from entering the kingdom.”

  1. adriandavao says:

    Yes, one must always treat Immigration officials with the respect they deserve. Anybody got a spare AK47?

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