New Year’s Cartoon: News of the Past Year

From Daily News, December 31, 2017
Title: Highlight of the news (for this year)

1st row, left: Poo didn’t show up at the court
[Refers to former PM Yingluck who fled into exile to avoid sentencing in the Pheu Thai rice pledging scheme. Yingluck’s nickname is “Poo” or “crab” in English.]

1st row, right: Close Dhammakaya
[Refers to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) raiding Dhammakaya temple to search for the temple abbot Dhamachayo who was wanted for questioning over money laundering.]

2nd row, left: Increase tax on cigarettes, alcohol, wine and beer
[Refers to an increase of sin taxes on various items.]

2nd row, right: Purchase submarines and shop for weapons
[Refers to the massive purchase of military goods by the ruling junta. This led to public criticism over the huge amounts spent.]

3rd row, left: Floods in several areas
[Refers to heavy flooding affecting several areas. The junta was closely watched on how it handled the problem as the previous Yingluck administration was harshly criticized when floods hit Bangkok in 2011.]

3rd row, right: Siamese Revolution plaque was stolen.
[Refers to the disappearance of the 1932 Siamese Revolution plaque.]
More: The Missing Marker and Thai Democracy
More: Thai Editorial Cartoons on the Stolen Plaque
More: Last Days of the Absolute Monarchy

4th row, left: Toon ran to raise funds for state hospitals [below] “Take one step each”
[Refers to Rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai who launched a running project named “Take One Step Each” to raise funds for 11 state hospitals. He was praised by the people as the hero of the year.]

4th row, right: Luxury watches
In the speech bubble: Next year
[Refers to Deputy PM Prawit who faced scandal for wearing luxury watches. This led to a call to investigate his assets.]

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