Weekly News Magazines: Getting Ready for Elections, August, 2018

From Matichon Weekly, August 24-31, 2018
Main cover reads: Still remember
In the white box: I heard that the PM went to Ranong province and met with a person named Yingluck and told her to do a good thing. Thus, may I ask a former army chief whether you still remember?
[Refers to former PM Yingluck’s recent political activities overseas. She mocked PM Prayuth by asking him whether “the ex-army chief can remember my name?”]

Top: Coming now. Deputy Joke (Sweetest) [red] Beloved younger brother of police chief Noi. Take a position as an assistant spokesman of Big Pom to help restore the image of big brother.
[Refers Tourist Police Bureau (TPB) deputy chief Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn who has been named assistant spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon. Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachate is known for having close ties with both Police chief Pol. Gen. Chankthip Chaijinda (whose nickname is “Noi”) and Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan (whose nickname is “Pom”). He helps Deputy PM Prawit to coordinate with the police. “Joke (Sweetest)” is his nickname as “Joke” is his regular nickname and he is known for using polite words (“sweetest”).]

From Manager Weekly, August 25-31, 2018
Main cover reads: Go without return. Sleep without waking up. No reviving. [white] Can’t escape.
[Refers to former Thai politician and a leader of anti-Yingluck protest groups Suthep Thaugsuban who is now facing allegations of graft in a 5.8-billion-baht project to construct police flats and police stations in 2009.
Although this case is still under investigation, it impacts Suthep and his political party Action Coalition for Thailand which will compete in the coming elections.
The words on the cover are a quote from what monks teach people during funerals to realize and understand about the dharma truth. The cover, is sarcastic to Suthep who is confident that he is close to the junta, but finally he cannot avoid the charges from his past actions.]

Top: “Jae Dang” supports her “husband” to fight. [black] “Big military” enjoys the “power” Be careful to lost. Game changes “Collapse” all the board
[Refers to the coming elections in Thailand. Thaksin’s sister Yaowapha “Dang” Wongsawat supports her husband former PM Somchai Wongsuwat to become the leader of the Pheu Thai party to fight in the coming election. “Jae” is a Chinese word meaning big sister.
This cover warns the junta to be careful lest they lose the election. Recently, a political group called the “Three Companions”, comprised of influential politicians announced they would support PM Prayuth as the next PM. These were all large faction leaders that were once key Thaksin supporters and have switched to support the junta instead.]

Bottom left: “Rwanda’s leader” leaves his people starving. Invest 1,290 million baht to support “Big Guns” to promote his country for his own favor
[Refers to Rwanda’s deal to sponsor famous football team Arsenal (known as “Big Guns”). This deal has been criticized as an example of an autocrat who runs one of the poorest countries in the world while sponsoring one of the richest clubs in world football.]

Middle: Teaching for rating? Teacher Aye admits “Good rating”–a lot of people following because of showing her sexy look.
[Refers to Online English tutor Titaya ‘Aye’ Hengnukun who is popular not only for her teaching, but also her sexy looks which attract a lot of people to follow her online page.]

Right: Amazing the result of people who stop drinking during the Vassa period.
[Refers to a campaign of Thai Health Promotion Foundation to encourage people to stop drinking during Vassa–the three month annual Buddhist Lent. Vassa lasts for three lunar months, usually from July to October.]

From Siamrath Weekly Review, August 24-30, 2018
Main cover reads: Heaven [red] changes.
[Refers to PM Prayuth who got the fortune slip “no. 12” while visiting the well-respected Prince Chumphon shrine during a mobile cabinet meeting trip in Chumphon province. The fortune slip describes his long lasting luck.
We are not sure themeaning of the cover, but it likely refers to the tough competition he is facing from the Pheu Thai Party in the coming election.]

From Lokwannee, August 24-31, 2018
Main cover reads: Election… not sure yet
On the skirt: military-green gentlemen
Red crab: Still remember this name?

[Refers to former PM Yingluck mocking PM Prayuth by asking him whether “the ex-army chief can remember my name.”
In the cartoon, the dinosaur refers to the junta who, according to those who oppose it, has old and traditional mindsets to govern the country.
The skirt means the military do not act like men as they attack Yingluck who is a woman.]

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