Recent news bulletins have highlighted the Thai civil unrest that has unfolded over the past few months, leading us to question the role of democracy in South-east Asia. The chaos that has erupted has involved the halting of operations of the Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi airports owing to a sit-in by protestors. Violent outbursts have erupted periodically as loyalists of the main political parties in Thailand clashed with police and each other. Thailand is by no means the only democracy suffering from such problems. Are they teething, or intrinsic to democratic forms of governance? What does the issue reflect on the implementation of true democracy in Singapore?