From Nation Weekend, January 25, 2013
The cover reads: Who’s bigger than Luang Poo? [The term ‘luang poo’ is usually used to address a senior monk.]
The sign reads: A temple for sale cheaply. We cannot stand the smell from this food stuff factory anymore.
[The monk is Luang Poo Bhuddha-isara, an abbot of the Onoi Temple in Nakhon Pathom. Having been irritated by both smell and dust from a nearby food stuff factory, RT Agritech CO., Ltd., the abbot decided to sell his temple for 2 billion baht. All of the money will be donated to his Dhamma-issara foundation. However, according to the clergy act, temples cannot be sold. So the abbot said he’ll wait for the factory to improve its producing process to reduce smell and dust. If this cannot be done, he’ll have the sign changed from ‘sell’ to ‘lease or hire-purchase’ instead.]
From Matichon Weekly, January 25, 2013
The cover reads: ‘Pa’ n ‘Poo’ with ‘Too’ along the side [‘Pa’ refers to Gen Prem Tinsulanont, head of the Privy Council. ‘Poo’ is nickname of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, while ‘Too’ is nickname of the Military Commander, Gen. Prayuth Chanocha.
Reference is to the dinner party of the 421st anniversary of the Royal Thai Armed Forces organized at the Military Club. The feature speculates that pictures of the country’s three important figures mingled together with smiling faces suggests the signs of reconciliation are becoming more obvious.]