Alagi Yorro Jallow

The Gambia Government’s apology to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand over the derogatory comments made by Tourism Minister Hamat Bah is a wonderful initiative.

This is the way meaningful opportunity comes: through ordinary citizens deciding that something must be done whether anyone else, let alone the Govt, does it or not. Proud of the Govt, and the Gambian people.

The Govt, of President Adama Barrow deserves praise. Why? Finally, the Gambia government apologizes to the Royal Kingdom of Thailand over comments made by Tourism and Culture Yetteh Hamat Bah. The government has assessed its diplomatic blunder by Yetteh Bah and apologizes.

The press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad is marvelously stimulating and it reads: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia regrets the unfortunate comments made by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, in which he referred to the Tourism Sector of Thailand in a negative manner during televised TV Program aired on 12 January 2018.”, the release continues, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to express its heartfelt apologies to the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and extends assurances that measures will be put in place to prevent the re-occurrence of such an unfortunate incidence.

The Ministry extends its profound assurances to the Government of Thailand that the remarks of the Minister are not to be construed as a reflection of the Government’s view on the Tourism Sector of Thailand. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs values the excellent relations shared with the Kingdom of Thailand and wishes to renew its commitment to strengthening cooperation between the two brother countries”, the statement concludes. This is a significant move. Why? Because the government performance in diplomacy somersaults in, liabilities.

Hamat Bah

The President ought to invite the Yetteh Hamat Bah to be measured in his media outings – Yetteh Bah is ‘agenda-less plan less, leaderless, rudderless’ fame, to present his views. Why? Because criticism makes us stronger. Why? Because, as Malcolm X avers, “if you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success”.

Question is; is the government willing to tolerate & embrace criticism? Opinion is not a steel rod!!! It rains in Sahara, Kalahari and other deserts once in a blue moon. But it doesn’t disprove forest cover rain and is a must for adequate rains, The Gambia government eventual apology to The Royal Kingdom of Thailand is an exemplary opportunity and smart diplomacy.