Weekly News Magazines: Mahathir and Thai politics, May, 2018

From Siamrath Weekly Review, May 18-24, 2018
Main cover reads: Melayu old man is dancing with a sword.
[Refers the victory of former PM Mahathir Mohamand (pictured) over PM Najib Razak in Malaysia’s recent election. This led him to become the world’s oldest leader with his age of 92. The word “dancing with sword” is a descriptive word to illustrate how Mahathir has and wields his power.]

From Matichon Weekly, May 18-24, 2018
Main cover picture: 4 years already
[Refers to the junta who has been in the power for four years. Many have called on the junta not to delay elections this year instead of next.]

Top: Mahathir-Maha “Chuan” The impact of Malay politics. Democrat supports an old man to fight with “Maha Dood”
[Refers to the win of former PM Mahathir Mohamand (pictured) in the recent Malaysia’s election. At 92-years-old, Mahathir, brings hope to many senior Thai politicians that they can return to power as Thaksin’s dominance over the last twenty years forced many old political kingpins from power.
The Democrat Party also has an idea to support former PM Chuan Leekpai (pictured right) to lead the party with the aim to repeat a Mahathir-like victory.
This headline uses Mahathir’s name by calling Chuan “Maha.” The word “Dood” is a Thai word meaning “absorb.” It refers to PM Prayuth who is now trying to ally with several political groups to win the next elections.
So the last part of the headline means that the Democrats are supporting Chuan, an old man like Mahathir, against another old man like Mahathir, PM Praytuh who is “Mr. Absorb” for his attempts to ally with other political groups.]

From Manager Weekly, May 19-25, 2018
Main cover reads: Phenomenon on the old tiger effecting the Eastern Tiger
[Refers to the effect of Malaysian PM Mahathir (at left) on Thai politics. The election of the 92-year-old Mahathir has ignited hopes that the many old men of Thai politics, like the Democrat’s Chuan (pictured at right), sidelined by 15 years of Thaksin dominance, could return to power. This also impacts the present PM, Gen. Prayuth, who is part of the influential Eastern Tigers military clique that has steadfastly opposed Thaksin dominance of politics.]

Top: Disclose a mission of “silent tiger” to take over “renewable energy.” Change “trash” to be “fund” raising funds for support the election
[Refers a renewable energy project using waste to generate electricity that was proposed by Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan (pictured left). This project is now supported under the Ministry of Interior led by Gen. Anupong Paochinda (pictured right), PM Prayuth’s senior officer from influential military group known as the Eastern Tigers. Different from other government ministers, Anupong keeps a low profile. However, this headline illustrates that even when he seems to be very silent, he is quietly gaining a lot of “benefit” to help support the junta to compete in the coming election as this project involves a huge budget.
Thais would innately understand that mega-projects equate with massive cash kickbacks (“benefits”) for whatever government institutes them.
This is why all parties out of power vigorously oppose government projects and why the junta has push 20 years of mass transit projects–to starve future governments from reaping the benefits of such projects.
Bottom left: Teerakiat Jareonsettasin “educational reform has already been done a lot” “but to get rid of corruption is more important”
[Refers to an interview with Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin (pictured) on reforming education and fighting corruption.]
Middle: Behind a hug scene “Tanya-Pinky” and a huge budget from TAT to “Peck”
[Refers an online series titled “The Bitch War” to promote tourism in the southernmost provinces produced by Sanchai “Peck” Engtrakul under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Tanyares “Tanya” Engtrakul (left) and Savika “Pinky” Chaiyadech take the main roles in the series. The series illustrates the peace in the southernmost provinces similar with the peaceful relations between those two actresses.
In the past, Tanya and Pinky had an intense conflict as Pinky was alleged to have an affair with Tanya’s husband Peck.]
Right: Stop smoking is good for your heart, life, yourself and people around you.
[Refers to a special column on good health which this time is about the benefits of stopping smoking.]

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