Weekly News Magazines: the junta’s political party, October, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, October 5-11, 2018
Main cover reads: [top] Etiquette [bottom] Read as Et-i-quette

[Refers to the official launch of new Phalang Pracharat Party. This group vows to support PM Prayuth to become the leader again. The party consists of incumbent ministerial members under the junta.
Pictured are members led by Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana (2nd left) as the party’s leader, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong (left), Minister of Science and Technology Suvit Maesincee (3rd left) and Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakool.
As they are still in their governmental position, there is a question as to political etiquette–should they step down from their positions lest they be tempted to use their power to take advantage over the political parties before the next elections.
The cover uses “Et-i-quette” to emphasize that these ministers should follow the prevailing custom and step down from their government posts.]

Top: Thai tourism is in double trouble from the capsizing of the boat/slapping. Chinese tourists sharply drop.
[Refers to Thai tourist industry facing the sudden decline of Chinese tourists due to the earlier tragedy on capsizing of the tourist boat in Phuket and the recent incident of the Chinese tourist assaulted by a security guard at Don Mueang International Airport.
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand during their golden week this year dropped sharply due to these incidents.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, October 5-11, 2018
Main cover reads: Skin [red] in front of the fire

[The new pro-junta political party consists of Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana (2nd left) as the party’s leader, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong (left), Minister of Science and Technology Suvit Maesincee (3rd left) and Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakool. They are known as part of Deputy PM Somkid’s clique that have organized a political party for the junta.
The cover refers to the Thai proverb “skin in front of the fire” referring to a person who suffers before others. This is because Thais would interpret these government ministers coming out and revealing their party and its support for Prayuth as a trial balloon to gauge public opinion for the junta.]

From Manager Weekly, October 6-12, 2018
Main cover reads: The queens are scattering.

[Refers to the conflicts among three powerful persons including Sudarat Keyuraphan (left), Thaksin’s ex wife Potjaman Na Pombejra (middle) and Thaksin’s sister Yaowapa Wongsawat (right) regarding the selection of the Pheu Thai Party’s leader.
This cover refers to this situation using the Thai proverb “bees are scattering.” These three women are the influential queen bees of the party you are pushing among themselves to become the leader of the Pheu Thai.]

Top: To revise the master plan of Suvarnabhumi, “no one” can stop [orange] only “Uncle Tu” [black] can ignore it.
[Refers a call for stopping the controversial revision of master plan for expanding the Suvarnabhumi airport. It calls on PM Prayuth (whose nickname is “Tu”) to stop this controversial issue as PM Prayuth has absolute power under Article 44 to give any order to strengthen public unity and harmony or to stop any act that undermines public peace.]
Bottom left: “Diddi” [black] model. Running-Swimming-cycling [red] to cheat the cancer
[Refers to Thai triathlon model Passanan ‘Diddi’ Punyakuanchai who fought cancer and participated in a triathlon.]
Right: Behind the scene [red] “Fan Bingbing” agreed to pay 4 billion [black] to buy her new future in world entertainment.
[Refers to Chinese actress Fan Bingbing who was recently released after she agreed to pay nearly 884 million yuan in fines and back taxes. She was believed to have been detained by the Chinese tax authorities.]

From Lokwannee, October 5-12, 2018
Main cover: Phalang Rat [yellow] prahan [green] Pracha
On dinosaur’s tail: 20 years

[Refers to an official launch of pro-PM Prayuth political party Phalang Pracharat Party. The cover plays with the name of the party “Phalang Pracharat” meaning the “power of people” and the word “Phalan Ratprahan” meaning the “power of the coup” as this party is known to support PM Prayuth to remain in power.
“20 years” refers to the junta’s development plans for Thailand which they say cannot be changed by any political party.]

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