The Metropolitan Electric Authority in Bangkok, or MEA, has released a public defensive statement responding to viral photos and more specifically comments made by netizens on them, taken by actor Russell Crowe who is currently visiting Bangkok in Thailand.
According to the MEA, the cables seen in the photo above are not electrical or power cables, and are not under the authority of the MEA.
The MEA added that they, quote, “always take safety very seriously.” The MEA stated that any concerns about power cables or electrical cables should be dealt with by contacting the MEA directly. They provided several ways to contact them, including the MEA Smart Life Application, their Facebook and social media pages, or calling 1130 directly.
The MEA stated that the cables shown in Mr. Crowe’s photo are communication lines and pose no danger to people. However, they added they were working with relevant agencies to change the lines and cabling and had informed those responsible for corrective action.
Their statement followed much discussion online around the picture from Thai “netizens” criticizing the cabling and how it looked to western visitors, which prompted the MEA’s statement.
Photo credit: Russell Crowe Twitter