Thai Media Project – July 2008

More: Unlocking the Thai world: Thai-language newspaper headlines

Do do do, look what they did... - Thai Rath, July 20, 2008

Top, left to right:  They hire some cad people to throw water bottles and bags of urine to protest Yongyuth’s case [Refers to a small protest at the court decided former house speaker Yongyuth's disqualifications.]

Because of their corruption, now Thailand is in the top ten list of countries that has the most fat people in the world.

They did it against the constitution, but still insisted that the constitution is wrong. [Refers to recent government actions thought to be in violation of the constitution and the government's desire to change to constitution.]

Bottom, left to right: He hides 125 million baht bribe in the water tunnel. [Refers to a scandal where a Japanese company reportedly paid 3.7 million dollars in bribes to obtain a contract to build an underground tunnel in Bangkok.]

They did it until UNESCO had to send 7 nations to invade our country. [Refers to Thai indignation about Cambodia referring the border dispute to the UN Security Council.]

They've tried to shut the brave soldier’s mouth who come out to protect the nation's sovereignty and the royal institution. [Referring to the general who spoke on the PAD stage in full uniform. He was criticized and investigated for showing partiality in politics.]

Don’t understand - Matichon, July 20, 2008

Top, left to right: Don’t understand why this animal can come in and walk around here. [Refers to the hacking of the government website when an image of a lizard was put on the site. To be called or compared to a lizard is an insult.]

Don’t understand why talkative person can be very quiet about the Bangkok Water tunnel project. [Refers to a scandal where a Japanese company reportedly paid 3.7 million dollars in bribes to obtain a contract to build an underground tunnels in Bangkok. PM Samak, Bangkok Governor at the time, has been implicated in the scandal, but has refused to comment.]

Don’t understand why Iran firecracker scared people over the world. [Referring to Iran’s missile launches.]

Bottom, left to right: Don’t understand why someone can transform from Godfather to Ninja. [Refers to Vatana Asavahame's escape after the Klongdan case.]

Don’t understand why political parties in this country can be very easily disbanded.

Don’t understand why the horse has to be skittish on the People's Alliance for Democracy‘s stage


Week of children's words - Kaolaoruammitr by Tin, Matichon, July, 2008

Top, left to right: Kids were bullied both in the teacher's room and the restroom in the department store. [Reference to recent molestation reports.]

The imagination of the shepherd boy. [This is a saying that means someone is lying.] On the sign Samak is holding: The fox will hold the shepherd boy. [This means Samak is telling a lie.]

Middle center: Young soldiers get encouragement to make a revolution because it is insisted that the revolutionary group is the winner. [Meaning that young soldiers are being made to believe if they create a revolution they can call the shots afterwards.]

Bottom, left to right: Assets Scrutiny Committee (ASC) says that prosecutors are the kids lawyers so the place is a nursery. [Not sure what this refers to. Does anyone know?]

Being taught to be national chauvinist [a nationalist] from a very young age.

Without style, so fighting with children. [Meaning the PAD fights with many people and finally with children--over the issue of PAD rallies disturbing local schools.]
On the sign: Save the ruins.
[A meaning something like "save the mess" as a contrast to the PAD's normal slogan of "save the nation." ]


Accidentally accidentally - by Chai Ratchawat, Thairath, July, 2008
[Or "By accident, by accident"]

Top, left to right: Accidentally, the one entitled "Tu" who normally do the noodle buying service is the same one with the well-to-do "Suthichart." [Reference to Khun Suthichart or "Tu" a Phuket businessman with close ties to Interior Minister Chalerm.]

Accidentally, the bag containing 2 million baht and the snack bag look like the same. [Referring to the "pastrygate" case where Thaksin's lawyers were jailed after giving a box with 2 million baht inside to judges.]

Accidentally, someone whose name is Prompat took the test for someone whose name is "Santi Prompan." [In a previous Democrat-led government, the transport minister Santi Prompan was disqualified from office after it was found a person with a similar name actually took a qualifying exam for him in university.]

Bottom, left to right:
Accidentally, someone who says that the prime minister has a mental problem appears to be a doctor. [During the parliamentary debate on the government, a Democrat MP, Malinee Sukvejworakij, noted PM Samak's oddly distracted behavior belied mental illness. Samak demanded the medical ethics board investigate her for the comment.]

Accidentally, Rangsan was a chancellor at the time when many politicians got their degrees. [Former Ramkamhaeng chancellor Rangsan was in power when many politicians suspiciously received degrees that enables them to remain politicians. The insinuation being that the degrees were awarded without proper study.]

Accidentally, the big boss got involved with the concession in Cambodia so, that is why Noppadon behaves suspiciously. [It is widely believed the government made the Preah Vihear deal with Cambodia in return for concessions the Cambodia government made to Thaksin for his private investments in the country.]

I am Thaksin nominee - Phutjadkuan, July, 2008
It reads: Top left: I am Thaksin nominee
Top right: The whole group contains only one member who is a brave milksop (This is a compliment)

Insecure Internal Security - Matichon; Author: Wasit Detkunchon; July 1, 2008
I was once a police officer working for the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) of the Royal Thai Police in Southern Thailand. I have also been a member of the police department given the honor of providing protection for the Royal Family.
I wish to comment on the June 20 attack in which 4 ‘State Railways of Thailand’ officials were killed on board a Sungai Golok to Nakorn Sri Thammarat train. I believe the militant attackers were aiming to discredit the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) unit responsible for overseeing transport security, since I note that they had disguised themselves as military officers. I would like to ask the Prime Minister - who is also the chairman of a committee that oversees ISOC - whether he believes ISOC policy is being sufficiently well-executed to provide adequate security for the locals and state officials who live and work in the restive South.

School collapses into canal - ThaiBlogs, July 8, 2008

Third-generation ruler - translated and summarized from Krungtep Turakit; Column: Kae Roy Karn Muang; Author: Reporter Number 10, July 7, 2008
People are now keeping a close eye on the current legal cases against members of the present coalition government led by the People Power Party (PPP) and its ‘de facto’ boss & lady boss. [deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Khun Ying Potjaman Shinawatra.]
The judgments on these various legal cases could eventually bring some sort of finale to the numerous political conflicts that have wracked this country since the 2006 Coup. That said, the judgments could also increase the political temperature still further.
The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is currently engaged in protests in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his PPP-led administration from power. The PAD should now also be spending some time to consider how best to deal with Thaksin’s supporters at work in the PTV (People’s Television) Channel and the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) political movement.
The various impending judicial verdicts against Thaksin and his allies could bring an end to this protracted political conflict. This finale has been long-awaited by Thais, who have found themselves broadly split into two opposing (pro- and anti-) camps over this issue in the past few years.
We will have to wait and see if the impending court verdicts will be sufficient to stop the political projects of Samak, the PPP and its ‘de facto’ boss and lady boss. There is now a big question arising as to who will become the third-generation political ruler of our country for the current political regime.

A deep issue - but not any great secret - translated and summarized from Matichon; Author: Charan Phongchine; July 11, 2008
Regarding the recent phenomenon of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Noppadon Pattama and his handling of a joint Thai-Cambodian communiqué indicating that Thailand would allow Cambodia to proceed with the registration of Prasart Preah Vihear as a World Heritage Site.  The Constitutional Court later made a judgment to the effect that the joint communiqué was a legally-binding agreement that should have been approved by Parliament before its release into the public domain. There was also the later Constitutional Court judgment to the effect that former House Speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat had broken electoral law. The court decided that Yongyuth should thus forfeit his rights to stand for election as a political representative. Both judgments have caused a considerable stir within both the Samak government and the People Power Party (PPP) that constitutes the majority of its MPs.
The recent Constitutional Court judgments have become a hot political issue. The court judged that the cabinet decision on Prasart Preah Vihear was unconstitutional. This has led some to suggest that the entire administrative team of this government must therefore resign.
The 5-year ban on Yongyuth Tiyapairat (the PPP Deputy Head), from engaging in politics, could eventually lead to the disbandment of his party.
Politicians will soon be ‘slaughtered’ yet again. Previously, 111 members of the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) Party were ‘slaughtered’ for their political misconduct - and now another 37 members of the PPP are going to receive the same punishment.
The disbandment process of the PPP is likely to be a lot easier than was the case with TRT. The entire process is expected to take only six months.

‘New Politics’ based on more natural processes - translated and summarized from Phujatkan, July 7, 2008

Below I provide some observations on the ‘new’ direction in which I perceive Thai politics to be currently heading. [The column (below) ‘Old Politics’ represents the predominant status quo of the past, which is currently in flux. The column ‘New Politics’ indicates the apparent present- day direction of that flux, and how it might eventually turn out.]:

Old Politics

New Politics

Political parties are the only organizations who currently enjoy the right to field candidates for positions of political representation.

Any possible combination of people will enjoy the future right to field candidates for positions of political representation.

Elections are the only means currently available to select political representation.

Elections will be just one of the future ways that will be available to select political representation.

The government and parliament are the only two entities that can realistically engage in political activities at the national level.

The general public will play an increasingly important role in political activities at the national level.

Political representatives, for pre-specified constituencies, can be selected only by an electoral process.

Political representatives will increasingly also arise from organizations that concern themselves with economic and social matters.

‘Big Money’ is an all-important ingredient of the political scene.

‘Big Money’ will have a reduced future role.

Publicly-initiated social movements are widely separated from political parties.

Publicly-initiated social movements will play an increasingly important role in politics. They will also have a greater degree of linkage to political parties.

Publicly-initiated social movements, that seek to directly represent their members’ interests, are not accepted by political parties.

Publicly-initiated social movements, that directly represent their members’ interests, will be in the forefront of an increasing number of political campaigns.

Political parties are heavily involved with capitalist interest groups and small pressure-groups of elite individuals.

Political parties will be more open to the participation of a wider cross-section of the general public.

‘New Politics’ will be a great deal more organic and less formal than ‘Old Politics’. It will promote greater sharing & pooling of useful political ideas - in contrast to the more traditional high-degree of aggressive competitiveness between politicians of the ‘old school’. ‘New Politics’ has the ability to rid Thailand of the absolutist political power tendency that has been so apparent in the form of a single all-powerful political party in recent years.

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