Sondhi and Sonthi

25 08 2010

There are two short articles in the Bangkok Post referring to two of the central figures involved with the 2006 coup: Coup leader Sonthi Boonyaratkalin and People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul.

It is reported that General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin is writing a book that has the highly unlikely title of “The Truth.” He says that the book “clears up all questions about the 2006 military take over that toppled the government of Thaksin Shinawatra.” He adds that the book “tells how the coup was carried out and who were involved…”. Thinking inside the box, Sonthi has chosen to launch the book “to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept 19, 2006 coup.”

Why does PPT think that he won’t tell the truth? Simply because if he did reveal how the palace was involved in the coup, General Sonthi would have to join Ji Ungpakorn in exile. Recall that Ji stated that the palace was involved in the coup, and that was enough to have him charged with lese majeste.

Meanwhile, Sondhi Limthongkul is reported from an interview. While Sondhi is erratic he often speaks frankly and this is sometimes uncomfortable for the regime he helped put in place. In this case, he claims that corruption is more widespread under the Abhisit Vejjajiva government than under Thaksin’s administration.

Sondhi also reckons Thaksin has “been quiet for some time” because he “could be plotting some new action against the government that would cause problems for Thai people.” Sondhi is just keeping the Thaksin issue on the boil. He could be doing a lot of things. He could be traversing the world enriching himself. Sondhi also digs at Abhisit: “I have no trust [in] the situation and I believe Thailand will shortly be down in flames because Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is not resolute in his decisions.”

Then he laments: “It is dreadful that Thai people allow red-shirt leader and Puea Thai Party MP Jatuporn Prompan ramble on all the time…”. Well, Sondhi knows a thing or two about rambling. However, PPT is sure that what he is complaining about is the fact that Jatuporn remains a vocal red shirt leader. Sondhi would prefer him locked up and silenced.

Wouldn’t it be good to hear something from Sondhi on the seemingly long-forgotten “investigation” into the assassination bid against him way back in April 2009. There was a claim more than a year ago that suspects had bbeen named and that some arrests had been named. Since then? Zilch. Nothing but silence. Is the investigation ongoing? Why no progress? Perhaps because it had something to do with the revered military?



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