Joke of the day : let’s patent the… full moon party

The Joke Of The Day Award goes -at the unanimity of votes- to the Commerce Minister, AKA “The Great Deflator” (read here).

After fighting inflation by reducing the price of… toothpaste, the Minister has had another great idea :

Commerce Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan said on Sunday he plans to patent the full moon party — an idea which an intellectual property law expert calls “impractical”.

Mr Mingkwan said he had instructed his officials to patent the full moon party, to prevent other countries from copying Thailand’s famous festival.

The all-night beach bash is held each full moon on the tourist island of Koh Phangan, off Surat Thani province. The party draws large numbers of young foreign tourists – as well as drug sellers and users.

The idea of copyrighting the full moon party, the minister said, came to him after he learned that Singapore had organised a similar party on its artificial island of Sentosa. (Bangkok Post)

Of course, any law expert could say that : “Patenting the full moon party as a Thai tourism product was also impossible because the words “full moon” and “party” are generic names anyone can use, Mr Jade said.

Just another proof of the low, very low level of thai politicians.

It’s hopeless…

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