The matter of asking


From Thairath, March 16, 2014
Cartoon title: The matter of asking [questioning]
Top left, sign on rice pile: Finance Ministry
Unloaded 20 tons of paddy rice to ask for the rice pledging money!
[Refers to protesting farmers who dumped rice to force the government to pay them for it.]
Top middle: Must ask whether it’s deliberate killing of three people – his parents and young brother, or not [Referring to a 19-year-old man who planned and successfully murdered both his parents and younger brother because his mother did not keep her word saying she’d buy him a new car.]
Top, right, on the metal: 5.3 trillion baht
Why not ask children whether they want to burden the debt for 50 years or not! [Refers to the caretaker government’s attempt to borrow 2.2 trillion baht to support its mega projects including the high-speed train project. If granted, the total amount of debt plus interest will be piled up roughly 5.3 trillion baht with payment period of 50 years.]
Bottom, left: Doctors asking whose business it is putting signs to oppose the corrupt government! [Refers to supporters of the caretaker government, the Red Shirts, who assault hospital staff in the provinces for putting up signs opposing the government.]
Bottom, middle: Ever asked the people of Chiang Mai for their opinions about establishing the province as the capital of Soh Poh Lanna yet? [Refers to a group of Chiang Mai Red Shirts who announced that they are going to separate and establish a new country called the People Republic of Lanna, of which Chiang Mai would be the capital.]
Bottom, right: Why do reporters like to ask questions that don’t match the prepared answers!? [Woman is the caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra. Reference is Yingluck’s confusing replies to questions which rarely answer reporters’ questions. This supports the long-held belief that, as a novice politician, she only reads prepared statements.]

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