From Manager, July 3, 2019
Ja New: I was deadly hit by the dictator.
Left caption: A victim needing to be sympathized with
Suriya: I was kicked from the position of the Energy Ministry by the dictatorship.
Right caption: A victim needing to be kicked again
[Refers to a comparison of political activist Sirawithy “Ja New” Seritiwat and Palang Pracharat party member Suriya Jungrungreangkit. Although both are from different political camps, both they were attacked by PM Prayut’s administration.
Ja New was publicly beaten more than once and has accused the government of being behind this attack.
Tycoon Suriya Jungrungreangkit, once a stalwart Thaksin supporter, was drawn into the new pro-military party, no doubt with promises of controlling a “gold” ministry. This is a ministry with budgets of several hundred million baht thought ripe for embezzlement and bribery. Political parties fight for such ministries as the proceeds enrich the party and its top members.
Once the fractious creation of the cabinet was completed Suriya found himself appointed as Industry Minister instead of the expected Energy Minister. The loss of heading this key ministry resulted in a storm of public complaint from Suriya and his allies.
The cartoonist contends that no one should feel sympathy for these tycoons fighting over public money.]
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