Banharn’s passing in the Thai-language press

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Above: Daily News, April 25, 2016
Headline: Suphan people bid their farewell to Banharn. [left corner] Prem presided the funeral ceremony. PM believed Thais will remember him. Politicians mourn his death.
[small letters in the right corner] People mourn his death at Wat Palelai to send 21st Thai PM “Banharn Silpa-archa” to heaven. He passed away at the age of 83 years and 8 months at Siriraj Hospital due to asthma. End of the Suphan Dragon. The King provided a bathing rite.

[Refers to the death of former PM Banharn Silpa-archa, an influential and respected politician from Suphanburi province.  With his powerful and long experience in Thai politics, he was called the “Suphan dragon” as he came from Chinese family (and there was always some controversy about his actual Thai citizenship).]

Photo at top right: Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda (in the middle) presiding over the bathing rite for Banharn, was talking with Banharn daughter Kanchana Silpa-archa.

Other headline: ‘Deny’ heavy drought. Goats don’t have glasses to eat.
[Refers to the drought situation in Thailand. The government insisted that they provided several measures in order to avoid facing a severe drought.]

Pink headline at left: Hail storm hits Sakorn Nakhon.


From Daily News, April 25, 2016
End of a legend of Suphan Dragon ‘Banharn Silpa-archa’
2nd photo from the left shows his daughters and son hold his photo for the funeral ceremony.
3rd photo from the left shows Banharn hugging with Maj. Gen. Sanan Kanchornprasart, a behind-the-scenes political kingmaker and former military officer who passed away in 2013.]


From Thairath, April 25, 2016
Title: Dragon Teng goes to heaven
A mouse: Please forgive me if we insulted you.

[The man riding the dragon is former PM Banharn Silpa-archa.
The words said by the mouse are a customary phrase people speak to the dead so that their spirit would be able to go to the next life without any worry or resentment.]


From Thairath, April 25, 2016
The caption reads: End of Suphan dragon: Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda presided the bathing rite ceremony for former 21st PM Banharn Silpa-archa and laid wreaths given by the King-Queen and their royal families amid the sadness of Silapa-archa’s family and their close ones.

[In the photo, Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda (in the middle) attended the bathing rite for former PM Banharn Silpa-archa. The woman in the black dress, 2nd from right, is Banharn’s wife Khunying Jamsai Silpa-archa and the woman to the left of her is one of their daughters, Kanchana Silpa-archa.]

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