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

  1. Anonymous says:

    Main cover reads: The queens are scattering. =>
    Sudarat Keyuraphan – she seems to become leaders of PT men but it is up to Thaksin’s ex wife Potjaman Na Pombejra (middle) to decide.

    Thaksin’s sister Yaowapa Wongsawat has become the puppet master for Phua Tham party since she wish to put her hubby back to power while other PT men have jointed with Phua Tham party. PT men in question are those PT men who are in faction of this red dragon lady along with PT men who could not stand living with other PT leaders who deprive the chances for them to send their wives, husbands and children to become PT candidates. However, Ai Maew would not pay for Phua Tham party for sure since those PT men who defect to Phua Tham party are competing to get a big share on PT voting banks instead of Junta and Democrat’s voting bank. Ai Maew would pay for Prachachart party of Wan Muhammad Nor Matha instead since this party is going to give him Muslim voters nationwide along with Bangkokian voters who are not in PT-UDD voting banks

  2. Anonymous says:

    skin in front of the fire has the actual meaning as one who bears the brunt of an attack, just like the skin/leather for shadow playing which has to confront with the fire from lamps to run the shadow playing (AKA Wayang in Malaysian – Singaporean term).

    The source from PT-UDD mouthpieces said that the case of branch parties stemmed from PT party is just the strategy to gain enough voters for partylist –

    Now, PT men in party list such as Phoomtham, Ai Oy, Phongthep and Bhokin have to move to gain voters from their own constiuencies to gain popular voters at least 70000 votes to be eligible for partylist.

    Phua Tham party has assigned those who are not eligble for PT candidates to collect more votes for partylist sp as to put Ai Somchai in charge – but red dragon lady has to pay by herself since AI Maew would not pay for Phua Tham party for sure – since Phua Tham is going to compete for voting banks of PT men.

    Phua Chart party by Yongyut the Fridge and the owner of Imperial World along with Ai Too (adviser) is to gain voters from UDD men who are reluctant to vote for PT men, Phua Tham men, and Prachachart men. This is the way to secure UDD voting banks for partylist even though the odd to win is slim even after sending 350 Phua Chart party candidates for 350 constituencies since Phua Chart party will have to pay from their own small coffers or piggy banks – AI Maew would not pay for Phua Chart party for sure. since Phua Chart party is going to compete for voting banks of PT men.

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