Weekly News Magazines: the PM in Buriram, May, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, May 11-17, 2018
Main cover picture: Magic of Sowground
[Refers to PM Prayuth’s trip to Buriram province which is the hometown of veteran politician Newin Chidchob. During the trip, PM Prayuth (pictured right) visited the Chang Arena football stadium, home of Thai Premier League champions Buriram United Football Club (owned by Newin).
Officially he was there to see the preparations for hosting the PTT Thailand Grand Prix, the country’s first “MotoGP” world-class motorcycle racing event.
Although Newin (pictured left) is officially retired from politics, he still maintains political influence, particularly among politicians of the Bhum Jai Thai Party.
PM Prayuth denied that his trip involved political deals between himself and Newin in preparations for the coming elections.
“Sowground” is a Khmer word meaning “very rural.” This word became popular after Thai famous stand-up comedian Udom “Note” Taepanich used it at his talk show.
Here the headline implies that the ruling junta is harassing the power of the rural masses of the Northeast for his election aspirations.]
Top right: Through the eyes of ‘Muslim’ ‘Mo Salah’ who never gave up to become the world’s football player.
[Refers to Egyptian professional football player Mohamed Salah from the English football premier league club Liverpool. He has been praised as the hero of the poor as he helps his hometown and the poor in his country.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, May 11-17, 2018
Main cover reads: Show pow
[Refers PM Prayuth’s latest visit to the northeastern province Buriram. More than ten thousand people gathered in the Chang Arena football stadium, home of the Thai Premier League champions Buriram United Football Club owned by former politician Newin Chidchob.
The PM’s trip illustrates PM Prayuth’s intention to ally with several political groups to offset Thaksin’s influence in the coming election.
This cover illustrates how PM Prayuth (left) shows his power to confront his opponent Thaksin (right).
Thaksin once rode a motorcycle during his trip to visit the northeast province.
Motorcycles are a common sight in the provinces and the sign of the common man there. Thus, politicians on motorcycles are showing their common touch.
The words “Show pow” means “show power” and is a common expression.]

From Manager Weekly, May 12-18, 2018
Main cover reads: Are you [yellow] Fin, [white] uncle
[Refers to PM Prayuth who received a warm welcome from people in Buriram province. His trip to the northeastern province showed his attempt to align himself with several political groups in the coming election.
Buriram is a hometown of politician veteran Newin Chidchob.
The word “Fin” is slang in Thai meaning “happy” or “have a great time.” This word probably comes from the English “finale” referring to the final part of something that is the best or has a happy ending.
The headline asks whether the PM is pleased with the political deals he has made and the reception he received.]
Top: Have an affair… secret loves [black] “Jaolaem-Nong Kae” behind the cancellation of the wedding
[Refers to the break up between super-flyweight champion boxer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, known as Jaolaem, and his long-time ex-girlfriend Patchareewan ‘Kae’ Kanha (pictured top middle).
Patchareewan insisted that she did not cheat on him as they had split before seeing someone else. Pictured at top right is Kae and her new boyfriend.]
Bottom left: “Mahathir” comes back to power. “Najib” is destined to die. “Anwar” re-surges.
[Refers to the surprising Malaysia election when former PM Mahathir Mohamand unseated scandal plagued PM Najib Razak.]
Right: Slough off “Santana Prayunrat” – “Big person” turns to a “voided person”
[Refers to the arrest of Talad Mai Don Muang market adviser Pol. Lt. Col. Santana Prayunrat (pictured bottom right) due to the charges of extortion of vendors at the market.
The court allowed him to be released on bail, but barred him from leaving the country.
Santana then announced he was taking legal action against three or more police officials he believes are responsible for his arrest.]

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