Weekly News Magazines: Police Reform is Too Hard, July, 2017

From Siamrath Weekly Review, July 6, 2017
Main cover reads: Dig a hole for [white] ‘Big Tu’ to fall

[Refers to the power competition between the junta and anti-junta groups to prepare for the next elections. Some might wish for PM Prayuth to spectacularly fail, but this might open the way for a new military PM to be installed and provide a more neutral choice to head a post-election government. Thus, politicians and, in particular, Thaksin’s cliques must be cautious.]

From Matichon Weekly, July 7-13, 2017
Main cover reads: Tier and Tears

[Refers to the enforcement of the Management of Foreign Workers Act which caused a number of Myanmar migrant workers to return to their country. The face on the cover is that of a Burmese worker, covered in powder in a traditional pattern. However, due to the pressure from Thai owners and the negotiations with the Myanmar and Cambodia governments, the junta decided to delay the enforcement of this law for four months. The junta took these harsh measures against foreign workers to appease the U.S.’s Trafficking in Persons Report which currently ranks Thailand in the Tier 2 watch list.
Observers view the junta’s tough law and order campaign as temporary–once there is a return to democracy, it is thought that political parties will again have little desire to enforce politically unpopular laws.]

Top: Participate–Don’t participate in the election. ‘It’s my own business’ Ending the news–but the news has not done yet. Investigate who will be the ‘outsider’
[Refers to PM Prayuth who recently denied the rumor that he would participate in the next election. However, there is concern that the military will try to maintain their power after elections.]

From Manager Weekly, July 8-14, 2017
Main cover reads: Touch on ‘police’
The men on cover from left to right: Gen. Boonsang Niampradit, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan

[Refers to the junta’s attempt to reform the police. This headline plays with the sound of two words in Thai; ปฎิรูป and ปฎิลูบ.
The first one means to ‘reform’ which is the goal of the junta, but the second one ‘ลูบ’ means to ‘touch on’ which shows concern. This means that the reform team which led by Gen. Boonsang Niampradit under the supervision of Deputy PM Prawit will only touch on this issue of reform, but will not make any change. Recently, there was the public raising of the issue about police buying their promotions. Deputy PM Prawit’s brother, former police chief Pol Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan, certainly knew of this, but the junta issued a blanket denial and threatened Thaksin-style libel suits against those who made the claims.
Due to this, and past failures to reform the force, the reform of the Thai police seems to be beyond the grasp of the ruling junta.]

Top: Back to the legend of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s city pillar shrine. [black] It is very sacred. Everyone has to visit to pay respect.
[Refer to the holiness of the city pillar shrine in Nakhon Si Thammarat province where a lot of people make a visit to pay respect to it.]

Bottom left: “Justin’s” model. “Jay” sends “Jaonaay” to the teen’s market without any support from the big company.
Top picture: Justin Bieber
Below picture: Jinjett Jaonay Wattanasin

[Refers to former teen singer Jetrin Jay Wattanasin who supports his son Jinjett Jaonay Wattanasin to launch his first single without joining any big music company. This is similar to famous teen singer Justin Bieber who first became known from YouTube videos he posted.]

Bottom right: Very cute! [white] “Maki Shima’ [yellow] a reporter who is crazy in [white] ‘Messi J’
The woman in the picture: Half Thai-Japanese reporter Maki Shima
Man in the picture: Thai national football player Chanathip Songrasin

[Refers to an interview of half Thai-Japanese reporter Maki Shima who reporting the news about Thai national football player Chanathip Jay Songrasin (known as Massie J) now playing in the Japanese football league.]

From Lokwannee, July 8-14, 2017
Main cover reads: Elect or not… you still get us.
On the board: [green box] good people 4.0 party. [black] 3 years are not enough. We want 20 years more… don’t need to elect.

[Refers to the junta’s future plans. Many people have been curious about the junta’s future power as they are afraid that the junta is planning to maintain control after elections. The constitution is one of the tools to maintain their power.
The picture on the billboard refers to PM Prayuth as the man is wearing a North Korean-style coat. The longan and the golden jar head refers to sexy country singer Lamyai (or “longan”) Haitongkam (of “golden jar”). Due to her sexy looks and young age, PM Prayuth criticized on her as being a negative model to other youth.]

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