From Matichon Weekly, Jul 2-12, 2018
Main cover picture: Team Spirit
[Refers to boy soccer team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave.]
Top: Phra Khuva Boonchum correctly predicted like he saw with his own eyes that the cave would open and lead 13 people to return home.
[Refers to well-respected local monk Phra Khuva Boonchum (pictured) who visited the Tham Luang Nang Non cave where the soccer team was trapped. He performed religious rites and prayed for those missing. Then he predicted that the lost boys were still alive and would be found soon. Later, the rescue team could found them as he predicted.]
From Siamrath weekly review, Jul 6-12, 2018
Main cover reads: The situation [red] creates the hero.
[Refers to former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn (pictured) who was praised by the public for his leadership in leading the mission to rescue the soccer team from Tham Luang Nang Non cave. He had been transferred to another smaller province to manage. This is seen as either punishment for corruption or political payback for his actions in office. In Narongsak’s case, it is believed that Narongsak was demoted to another province for resisting the junta’s plan for a controversial waste burning plant in the province. However, after his time in the spotlight as the lead figure in the rescue operation, many commend him as an example of a good government officer who the public approves of.]
From Manager Weekly, Jul 7-13, 2018
Main cover reads: Commander of Tham Luang Vs [red] Commander of waste plant
[This cover compares two leaders. One is former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn (pictured right) who was praised by the public for leading the mission to rescue the lost soccer team. Recently, he was been transferred to another smaller province. It is believed that this was because he because resisted the waste-to-energy plant that was under the supervision of Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda (left).]
Top: Endless contracts “inheritances of ML Moo” [black] support “BTS” to be a “sleeping partner” “Rich man Keeree” complains it is not worth enough for investment. If he can’t bear with it, then he should return the concession. “7-generation contract”
[Refers to the recent delays in Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain owned by Keeree Kanjanapas, causing several delays.
The public seemed dissatisfied with the BTS public relations over the issue which blamed business problems and lack of investments for the problems.
The BTS concession was given during the time of Bangkok governor ML Sukhumbhand “Moo” Paribatra (pictured). Under the concession, BTS would provide a service without any competitors. In the light of the Skytrain delays the public began to compare this monopoly with the increased rider fees of the BTS SKytrain.
In Thai, “สัญญา 7 ชั่วโครต” is an idiom that means endless. An exact translation is “7-generation contract” meaning a very very long period which in the headline is a complaint about the concession the BTS has.]
Bottom left: Super teams
[Refers to the World Cup.]
Right: “Najib Rasak” house raided
[Refers to former Malaysia PM Najib Rasak who is under scrutiny for corruption in Malaysia. Also pictured are Thaksin and Yingluck. Thai-language articles often contrast the impunity of Thai leader with the Najib case where the former Malaysian prime minister has been banned from leaving the country and is now under arrest.]