From Thairath, May 19, 2013
Cartoon title: Weird logic
From top left: To develop children’s brains is to develop their hair style first.
[Reference is to the Education Ministry’s permission to allow school students to have any styles of haircut they like. Usually, Thailand’s school students are obliged to have short-cut hair. In the Thai world this change is seen to being important to develop independent thinking among students.]
Top middle: Small schools are never “closed,” but “merged” with the others.
[Reference is to the Education Ministry’s policy to close more 6,000 small schools across the country sparking protest from many remote villages.]
Top right: The hacker’s hands were caught, but not the hacker himself. [In Thai, a word indicating a person’s profession is used together with the word “hand” to convey the meaning that the person is skillful in such profession. Here, the cartoonist plays with the word “hand” and the “person”. Reference is to a mysterious person who hacked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Facebook account and posted farcical messages.]
Bottom left: Persuade people to obey the World Court of Justice, but not Thailand’s court
[Reference is to the case on the Prear Vihear Temple between Thailand and Cambodia. Before the hearing at the Court, Thai Foreign Minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul tried to persuade the public that Thailand may lose the case and that the public should accept the World Court’s judgment. Meanwhile, Thaksin Shinawatra, the Pheu Thai Party and their supporters always claimed that Thaksin was unfairly convicted by the Thai court and that the court should be disbanded.]
Bottom middle: No fingerprints were found, but believed to belong to the third party,
[Reference is to a giant Chinese firecracker thrown at the security post of the Thai Rath newspaper office at the middle of the night on May 11. After a preliminary investigation, Pol. Lt. Gen. Khamronvit Thoopkrachang, Commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, told the press that it was likely that the unknown suspects aimed to mislead the public to believe the incident was caused by Red Shirts in vengeance of the cartoonist’s hate speech against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra following her speech in Mongolia last month. Since there was no evidence in any direction other than constant protests by angry Red Shirts over previous weeks, it seemed unusual that the police would not then assume some of the Red Shirts were involved as a likely suspect.]
Bottom right: People may think differently, but they are trash.
[Reference is to the Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Surassawadi’s criticism against people who might protest against his water managment project at the World Water Summit in Chiang Mai. The Deputy Premier called those people ‘trash’.]