Above: from 2002
PM says he’s no ‘vacuum cleaner’ – Bangkok Post, April 25, 2018
…”For anyone who would suck up or be sucked up to, it is their business,” said Gen Prayut. “They [political parties] have to take care of their members the best they can…”
[Political kingpins who collect MPs into their political cliques are described as “vacuum cleaners.”
Non-Thai observers often attribute a Thai prime minsiter’s success to electoral popularity, but the success is really due to the skillful binding together of existing MP groupings to support a certain candidate.
Thaksin previously used this vacuum cleaner technique to create his monolithic Thai Rak Thai party.]