From Thairath, February 7, 2017
Title: Holy power goes inter [Meaning “the junta’s god-like power tries to go international”]
On the smoke: Article 44
Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong speaking to PM Prayuth: Go for it, bro.
On his shirt: Finance
On the giant man’s tie: Broker
On bag on the left: Internal bribery
On bag on the right: Corruption
Phi Nooring: In Thailand, everyone is afraid of it. [meaning Article 44 is all-powerful in Thailand, but outside of the country, no one cares]
Mouse: Under-table tradition
[Refers to the use of the junta’s absolute power–codified as Article 44–to fight corruption.
Thailand’s corruption bodies have been unable or unwilling to objectively investigate corruption in the country. However, the revelations that the UK has done its own investigation that uncovered decades of corrupt Thai officials have led to demands that the investigators release this info to Thailand’s corruption bodies. This would enable them to take credit for taking action against local wrongdoers and at the same time blame the foreign report for having to take action.
In the face of this societal intransigence to tackle corruption, the military has used its absolute power to purge suspected officials engaged in corruption. The cartoonist ridicules the use of this power in this case as they have no ability to influence foreign bodies to give them details about corruption in Thailand. (These details are likely not forthcoming to protect local sources of information used in the UK investigation.)
In Thailand, “go inter” is slang to refer something that is trying to be done outside of the country.]