Bouncing Men

From Thairath, July 3, 2014
Cartoon title: Bouncing men, Thailand only
On back of men bounced out: Civil servants
On chair, from front left: Civil servants; state enterprises’ executives; Civil servants; Transferred; Transferred
Yingluck Shinawatra: Poo transferred just one person, and is being sued.
Mouse: C’est la vie.

[This refers to executive-level civil servants and state enterprises’ employees who were transferred by the junta–mainly for continuing to take orders from Thaksin or having obtained their positions due to political contacts originating in the Pheu Thai Party. In Thai, the word for this sort of transfer is colloquially referred to as a “bounce.”
Yingluck in the cartoon refers to a legal case brought against her for one of the most notorious appointments of all. Yingluck removed Thawin Pliensri, secretary-general of the National Security Council, from his post and replaced him with a powerful police general in a scheme to make sure a Thaksin relative could take control of the police force. As the police acted as a counterweight to the military and also control the administration of legal cases, it was key for the Pheu Thai-led government to control the organization.
The cartoonist says the junta has “bounced” many people, but former PM Yingluck got in trouble for just one transfer–the removal of Thawin.]

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