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Thais in S'pore relaxed amid tense polls back home

Thais in Singapore were relaxed, as their compatriots back home went to the polls in a highly-charged general election on Sunday. Singapore had been one of 67 countries where Thais could take part in advanced voting from January 12 to 26.

SINGAPORE: Thais in Singapore were relaxed, as their compatriots back home went to the polls in a highly-charged general election on Sunday.

Singapore had been one of 67 countries where Thais could take part in advanced voting from January 12 to 26.

But official figures showed that interest in overseas voting was subdued, with less than 30 per cent of registered voters doing so.

The mood was apparent at Golden Mile Complex, a popular spot among Thais living in Singapore.

It was mostly business as usual, with many saying they were keeping up to date with events through the media.

Some said they refrained from casting ballots due to the fast-changing nature of Thai politics.

A Thai national Channel NewsAsia spoke with said: "After we vote, maybe two or three months later, they change things again. So that's why people don't want to vote anymore."

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