New Year’s Cartoons 2017

From Daily News, December 31, 2016
Monkey: Next time, hopefully it will be a bullet train.
Caption: Good bye, a year of monkey.
On a train: 2559 [2016]
Black box on the top: Regular cartoon by Khaod [The name of the column.]

[Refers to the government’s plan for a bullet train. This train plan was frequently discussed during 2016–or the year of money in the Chinese zodiac. So, this cartoon implies that it is hoped that this project will become reality in 2017.]

From Khaosod, December 31, 2016
Left: Goodbye year ๒๕๕๙ [2016]
Right: Welcome year ๒๕๖๐ [2017]

[Refers to the year of 2016 which is considered as a year of the great loss for Thai people as King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13, 2016. The image is of a famous photo showing a young boy spontaneously bowing before the King.]

From Matichon, December 31, 2016
On the limb: 2559 [2016]
On the tree: 2560 [2017]
On the monkey: Year of monkey

From Arun in Matichon, December 31, 2016
Monkey in the middle: The year of monkey must say goodbye. Good luck, everyone.
Monkey on the left: Hey… why did he put his hands up?
Monkey on the right: You’ll be arrested.

[Refers to the three wise monkeys folktale. It jokes that the monekys, living under the junta, would face arrest if they spoke freely.]

From Post Today, December 31, 2016
From left-right: National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, Head of Economic team Somkid Jatusripitak, Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong, Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob.
On the tank: The man with a pen is Constitution Drafting Committee president Meechai Ruchupan. We do not know who the next man is.

[This is a more traditional Thai New Year’s editorial cartoon showing the movers and shakers of the year frolicking as the bid farewell to the old year.]

From Siamrath, December 31, 2016
Title: Goodbye 59 [2016]

[The Santa Claus in the cartoon is PM Prayuth who is mocked for freely spending to prop up the economy. At the bottom right seems to be the international symbol for anonymous hackers who relentlessly attacked government websites recently over Thailand’s single gateway plan.]

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