From Thairath, June 12, 2018
Title: Supporting group… sleeping group
On bag held by PM Prayuth: Budget of 62 [the year 2019] 3 trillion baht
On the table behind: NLA [National Legislative Assembly, the junta’s legislature]
On shirt at bottom left: Uncle Tu [PM Prayuth] Supporting Group Pracha Rath farmer. FOS
Mouse man, Phi Nooring: People’s tax [The mouse man is artist Sia’s caricature of activist Sombat Boongamanong, whose nickname is Nuling (or “mouse”). He always appears at the edge of Sia’s cartoons, often calling for human rights and reform.]
Mouse: Using without any shame.
[Refers to a photo of a member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) sleeping during a session discussing the massive new national budget.
As the NLA is the junta’s rubber-stamp assembly, packed with cronies who get large salaries as well as funds to hire relatives and friends as assistants, the spectacle of fat assembly members napping while momentous budget issues are explained is yet another stain on the junta’s attempt to show they a serious governing force of dedicated, nonpartisan people.
After facing pressure from the public, a group of farmers appeared calling themselves “FOS” or “Friends of Somkid.” These people are farmers who benefited from the junta’s “Prach Rath” policy to improve the plight of farmers which was instituted under Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak.]