Thai Pinocchio

From Thairath, September 23, 2012
Cartoon title: White Lie Plague

Top left: These uniforms for extortion are just an act of a mental illness. [Refers to a couple who are both police officers in Chonburi. They had trouble with their car so they went back to the car dealer trying to get their money back which they did. However, they were still not satisfied and wanted more compensation. They used their police status to threaten the car dealer to pay more money. The incident was recorded and sent to the police.]

Top middle: I’ll make the para rubber’s price increase to as high as 120 baht. Trust me! [The man is Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister and Red Shirt leader Natthawut Saikua who has been struggling to raise prices in the Thai south.]

Top right: Will it flood like last year? Wait for another 100 years. [The man is Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi and predictions about flooding.]

Bottom left: Giving the passport back to Khun Thaksin is based on the same regulation as in the time when Khun Kasit was Foreign Minister. [The man is Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul trying to defend the government’s decision to return a passport to Thaksin.]

Bottom middle: I’ve never had a flag, never changed. I’m neutral. [The man is Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation Tarit Pengdit.]

Bottom right: Taking the media who take the government’s side to watch soccer in England is aimed at giving them the opportunities to see the world. [The man is Parliamentary Spokesperson Somsak Kiatsuranon who used “excess” taxpayer money to reward reporters and others of his inner with a trip to the UK.]

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