From Thairath, February 11, 2018
Title: How can anyone think like this?
Top left: [How can anyone think like this?] Set a thief to catch a thief
[Refer to the junta’s recent development project “Sustainable Thainess.” The cartoon seems to equate this with U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” policy.
This part of the cartoon uses the idiom “Set a thief to catch a thief” to equate PM Prayuth’s “Sustainable Thainess” initiative with Trump’s much derided “America first” policy.]
Top middle: [How can anyone think like this?] Swear in front of the god to judge who is the owner of the 30 million baht lottery ticket!
[Refers to a lottery prize dispute. One of the persons who claims to be an owner of the lottery called the other claimant to joint him to swear in front of a shrine to show he was telling the truth. However, the other person did not show up. Thus, the person who swore in front of the shrine said it proves he is the owner of the winning lottery ticket.
The joke is that it is ludicrous to depend on this sort of superstitious pledge to determine the veracity of a person’s claim.]
Top right: [How can anyone think like this?] Sometimes, the mother gives [her daughter] to a senior [boy] in Mattayom 3 [a grade in Thai schools around 15 years old]. Sometimes, she gives her [daughter] to the school principal [meaning she lets her daughter choose between staying with her two lovers–a student and the school principal].
[Refers to the scandal where a young girl had affairs with both a fellow student and her school principal. According to her mother, she said to that her daughter used to stay with her boyfriend. Then she also started an affair with the school principal.
Her mother at first insisted that it was up to her daughter to decide which person she wanted. However, as rumors of this situation spread and she was pressured by the public, she decided to report this situation to the police.
The cartoon shows the young girl drowning as she was in a situation where she was too young and no one cared to help her.]
Bottom left: [How can anyone think like this?] Enjoy nature like a tycoon who has a close ties with the officers
[Refers to construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta who was arrested for allegedly hunting wildlife including a black panther in the World Heritage Thunyai Naresuan sanctuary. People are afraid that he will use his money as a bribe to the officers to help him escape from the charges.]
Bottom middle: [How can anyone think like this?] Being a police chief as a sideline
[Refers to former national chief Somyot Poompunmuang who admitted that he is a close friend with the fugitive owner of the Victoria’s Secret Massage brothel. He said that he borrowed money from Kampol several times due for stock investments. Also, he said that he was a businessman who liked to invest in the stock market while being a police was his sideline job. This was a shocking statement coming from a person who was once the head police officer in the country.
The cartoon shows the police chief as being just another prostitute offering himself for money. Women who engage in the profession sometimes refer to it as a “sideline” (as opposed to main) job thus echoing the police chief’s statement.]
Bottom right: [How can anyone think like this?] Recommended menu waiting for Michelin to give the stars, black panter’s tail soup from a sanctuary.
[Refers again to Premchai Karnasut who was arrested for allegedly hunting wildlife including a black panther in the World Heritage Thunyai Naresuan sanctuary.]