Royalist news round-up

9 07 2009

PPT has to again admit that it is having difficulty keeping up with the current spate of royalist news and actions. Today we summarize just a few of the reports.

Royalist gone wild

A few days ago we reported (here and here) on the extraordinary allegations made by of lèse majesté made against the entire executive board of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) by Laksana Kornsin (ลักษณา กรณ์ศิลป). Now, the same person has decided to go even further.

Ms. Laksana is clearly wanting to etch her name in the annals of political lèse majesté.  According to a report at Prachatai (9 July 2009: “Press release by Luksna Kornsilpa”), she has sent out a press release plus an article in Thai and English to the media making even more allegations of lèse majesté. Not only is she gunning for Thaksin Shinawatra and UDD leaders, she is now including police and the state attorney, claiming malfeasance, and all of those who will sign the petition to the king for Thaksin’s pardon (see more below).

It is quite possible that Ms. Laksana is just an angry and crazy royalist. However, her actions have not been, as far as we can tell, denounced by anyone in the government or by any other royalist. And, her actions fit the current pattern of royalist fear that they have been unable to roll back support for Thaksin since the coup and since the Democrat Party was maneuvered into power.

To give PPT readers a flavour of the bizarre nature of Laksana’s allegations and of the quite ludicrous laws in Thailand that allow such madness, we cite one part of the translated press release: “In addition to the charges under article 112 of Thai Criminal Law further charges are to be filed this day against Thaksin Shinawatra, Jakrapob Penkhair, Veera Musikapong, Nattawoot Saikuea, Jatuporn Prompan, Marwaan Macan-Makar, Jonathan Head, other FCCT directors and UDD members that are implicated in crimes against the nation. Criminal Code articles 107, 113, 114, 116, 133, 135/1, 210, 213, 215, 217, 220, 288 and 289 are all used and each of the accused will have at least 2 or more of the aforementioned articles filed against them. Instant action is demanded as the cases expose a co-ordinated gang of conspirators committing acts of treason and concealment that not only threaten the Kingdom of Thailand and her national security but also insult Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain that she reigns (not rules). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is protected by article 133 of Thai Criminal Law.”

PPT recalls when Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva preached reconciliation and the need to “reform” the lèse majesté law. Not only is Abhisit barely visible these days, but his words not only amounted to nothing at the time, and are now just a distant memory as the royalist-military clique seeks to keep political power.

Bangkok Post joins attacks on the UDD

The attacks on the UDD-red shirts for being anti-monarchy have reached a new crescendo since the Puea Thai Party election victories in Sakol Nakhon and Srisaket. Today the Bangkok Post (9 July 2009: “UDD out to upset protocol”) joined in.

In its editorial, the Post editorialist seems upset that UDD leaders seem “unrepentant, defiant and arrogant” in their failure to apologize for the Songkhran Uprising, and claims that these leaders “have now embarked on two provocative endeavours which raise a big question about their true motives.”

The Post editorialist explains that these two actions are the petition for a royal pardon for Thaksin Shinawatra and the plan to celebrate his 60th birthday at Sanam Luang. We have commented on the former here. In the editorial, the Post claims that Sanam Luang is a site of royal functions and implying that the UDD is somehow trespassing on royal prerogative.

In fact, the whole point of the editorial is to imply UDD disloyalty. Clearly, the royalists still feel that the monarchy is the best political card they can play against the resurgent red shirts and Thaksin.

Losing King Bhumibol

Bloomberg (8 July 2009: “Losing King Bhumibol Concerns Don’t Deter Faber Bet on Thailand”) has an interesting article that assessed, amongst other things, the future sans the present monarch. This is a long and detailed article and PPT recommends that readers take the time to review it.

As a footnote, the authors are William Mellor and Daniel Ten Kate. Mellor used to work for Sondhi Limthongkul prior to one of Sondhi’s earlier business collapses. One of the persons interviewed for the article is Uwe von Parpart, Hong Kong-based chief Asian economist at Cantor Fitzgerald Capital Markets Ltd., who also worked for Sondhi when the English-language version of the Manager monthly, prior to the 1997-98 economic meltdown. PPT is not implying bias, just noting the connections.

Sufficiency economy not understood

The Bangkok Post (9 July 2009: “Sufficiency economy: Message hard to get across”) reports that it is now four months since the Democrat Party-led government launched sufficiency economy projects. However, with one-third of its 21 billion baht budget (yes, that’s billion) expended, Sumit Champrasit, the director of the Sufficiency Economy Office for Community Development, reports that it is having trouble getting people to understand the concept. This is quite an admission of ideological failure with 25,000 projects having been funded.

Sumit laments that villagers applying to the fund seem to want to increase their incomes rather than take up the fundamental ideas of the king’s sufficiency economy concept. He says “Rural people started from things they lack, like roads and money to buy fertilizers. Very few people understand the [sufficiency economy] concept.

Fancy that! Wanting what you don’t have and not being content with rural poverty! Poor, misguided souls. Director Sumit, an engineer, has the solution. He wants to “fine-tune people’s understanding …”. More propaganda for villagers?


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17 07 2009
New: FCCT complainant Laksana Kornsin faces an outstanding warrant « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Laksana Kornsin faces an outstanding warrant PPT has reported several times (the latest here) on Laksana Kornsin’s (ลักษณา กรณ์ศิลป) outrageous lese majeste […]

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20 12 2013
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[…] page, in the section on “Selected Works,” it might be noted that LaRouche wrote a book with Uwe Von Parpart in 1970. Several sites note that he later worked at Asia Times and The Manager magazine owned by […]