Loving Abhisit

7 05 2009

In a column entitles “TELL IT AS IT IS”, Pornpimol Kanchanalak has an article in the Nation (7 May 2009: “One hundred and forty one days and counting”) which is little more than a propaganda piece about Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

PPT wonders if Abhisit needs posterior polishing by this author. She was convicted in the United States of disguising foreign funding to American politicians. “Pauline” may have turned over a new leaf now that she writes for the Nation, but admits to being “a jaded person … who has been around politicians of all stripes for almost all my adult life…” until Abhisit came along to offer “a breath of fresh air. He does not posture, does not brag, does not complain, does not do hyperbole, does not lie.” PPT has shown the latter not to be the case several times.

Pornpimol states that “he has been trying his mightiest to restore the TRUST of the people in their government and their leader and the rule of law.” Abhisit displays all kinds of wonderful characteristics: “The public never knew that during the Songkran riots, a group of red shirts stood in front of his house in Bangkok hurling lewd and vulgar obscenities at his wife and children, who they thought were in the house while the prime minister was in Pattaya. He did not complain about the incident to the public and did not try to make an issue of it to gain sympathy for his personal pain. We never heard him recount his deeds during his visit to his alma mater of Oxford and was confronted by Jai [sic] Ungpakorn. He never told the public what a superb job he did of explaining the logic behind the much-criticised lese majeste law in a matter-of-fact and honest manner that cut down his interrogator to size, and earned a hearty round of applause from an amazed and stunned audience. The best of minds – always critical to a fault – they would have jumped on him had they found a hole or a lapse in his logic. Time and again he has defended the blue colour of our flag without dragging the institution down to the level of dirty politics.”

Pornpimol is a true fan of the royalist Abhisit. So true, in fact, that she ignores evidence that is contrary to her views. The comments on the Oxford meeting with Ji Ungapakorn are simply wrong – and recall that it was at this meeting when Abhisit lied about Chotisak’s case having been dropped. And, there have been plenty of “best minds” that have faulted Abhisit’s logic on lese majeste. So rather than telling it as it is, Pauline is telling it as she wants it to be.


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8 05 2009
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[…] Loving Abhisit […]

17 07 2009
New: Telling it as it is « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] continues to print opinion pieces by Pornpimol Kanchanalak. PPT has mentioned her chequered history here.  Her views seem somewhat reflective of a growing Sino-Thai, middle-class despair over the state […]

21 07 2009
The Nation looks backwards-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] continues to print opinion pieces by Pornpimol Kanchanalak. PPT has mentioned her chequered history here.  Her views seem somewhat reflective of a growing Sino-Thai, middle-class despair over the state […]




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