From Thairath, July 24, 2018
Title: Whose play first?
At left Prawit thinks: Yuan class.
Sign on Prawit’s hand: Buy it from China.
Prayuth thinks: Cha-la-wan class. [Cha-la-wan means crocodile.]
Sign on Prayuth’s hand: Thai Navy made.
Mouse: Use people’s taxes.
Mouse man: They love it so much, the submarine.
[This refers to the competition within the ruling junta of the path to take to rebuild Thailand’s submarine capability.
With the junta appearing firmly in control of government and with Red Shirt politicians defecting to their camp there is surely a sense that the military can spend whatever it wishes. This will allow them to finally buy the submarine fleet which was resisted by elected civilian governments in the past.]