Freelance musician’s death raises public concerns over financial crisis in Thailand during Covid-19 outbreak

Bangkok –

Public condolence messages were flooded onto Thai social media to a deceased freelance singer who was believed to have died by suicide after financial suffering due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Singer and Youtuber Prakaifa Pooldoung, the vocalist of the “Pastel Season” band, was found falling to death from the third floor of a parking space at a shopping mall in the Saphan Mai area of Bangkok around 5:00 PM. on Saturday, June 26th.

Despite the unconfirmed reason for her death, the 30-year-old female singer, on May 20th, 2020, posted an online message on her social media, expressing how the Covid-19 outbreaks in Thailand had considerably affected many activities, businesses, and jobs, as well as her career as a musician.

https://www.facebook.com/Prakaifaaaa/posts/577853666171491

The status read: “Anybody out of a job please raises your hand. I’m a professional musician who has been unemployed for two months. Every event was canceled. Income = 0.”

“…I believe that in every crisis, there is always a hidden opportunity if we open our hearts and see the reality. I would like to be another encouragement for everyone.”

Supporters had expressed their condolences online and passed on her story and how difficult it was for musicians and freelance employees to live unhired during the Covid-19 crisis for more than one year.

Freelance musicians have been constantly submitting petitions to the government since last year, urging the authorities to allow live music and performance in entertainment venues and restaurants or at outdoor locations so musicians would have money to feed their families. Musicians have also been asking for financial aid from the government due to their livelihoods being restricted and closed from government orders. The requests, however, have not yet been taken into action.

Entertainment venues, the primary location for musicians to make a living in Thailand, have been closed for almost three months with no end in sight and little to no financial aid given to those who work in this sector, including musicians who are usually informal workers.

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