From Manager, April 27, 2017
Caption: Thailand’s coast has underground resources that are worth so much… that we need the submarine to save these resources.
On the boxes: Commission; weapons [this refers to the universally followed Thai policy of getting kickbacks for big projects]
[This is another slam at the army’s purchase of a submarine from China–approved by a military government composed of top army officers.
As it is understood that any big purchase involves kickbacks, the public would see this initially secret purchase as reducing the military government to the level of existing political parties.
This contrasts with the military’s incessant claims that it is above politics and acting for the good of the nation–as opposed to politicians who are thought to act only for their vested interests.]