From Manager, March 13, 2018
Thaksin: You made the right choice to step into the political arena… See… Before I joined politics, I was just a ten-billionaire phai like you.
On Thaksin’s shirt: Hundred billionaire phai
On Thanathorn’s shirt: Ten billionaire phai
[Refers to billionaire businessman Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who recently established a new party called “Future Forward Party” to compete in the upcoming elections.
He calls himself “billionaire Phai.” “Phai” is an old Thai word meaning an ordinary person or peasant. The word “phai” came into vogue as it was used by the Red Shirts to separate their movement from the Democrat Party and the Bangkok elite who they ridiculed as “aristocrats.”
Some critics (like the Manager Group here) have been skeptical of Thanathorn’s new party, saying it clearly promises more Red Shirt revolutionary agitation while only being run by mega-rich Thaksin allies.
The cartoonist jokes that Thaksin’s time as a politician multiplied his wealth greatly and that Thanathorn’s time as a politician might do the same.]