Another couple of old royalists on the lese majeste warpath

23 12 2011

It would be good if all the old warhorse royalists weren’t so lamentably predictable.

Meechai

At the Bangkok Post, Meechai Ruchupan, former President of the Senate, veteran government legal adviser, former President of the Council of the State, and ardent royalist has “lashed out at the United States over its remarks on Thai lese majeste cases.” Sounds like he is following his fellow royalist Vasit Dejkunjorn, albeit without the blatant racism.

In a standard ploy, Meechai “responds” to a “question” that is “posted on his personal website www.meechaithailand.com asking for his opinions on calls to amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code, also known as the lese majeste law.” Suitably primed, Meechai states, quite incorrectly, that: “In the US, no one can defame or hold malice against the president … civilised people should respect cultures of the other nations, too…”. For correctives to Meechai’s deliberately false claim on the U.S., try this website for one example of falsehoods, mistruths, and lies and defamation to boot. Alternatively, try this site making completely crazy claims about Obama. And just for kicks, try this loopy and libelous site. Meechai is no fool, so we believe he is a liar.

For some reason he then suggests a relationship between security screening of air passengers’ luggage and lese majeste. Afraid the old guy has lost us on this one….

Sumet

In the same story, the other old royalist kitted out for battle is none other than Sumet Tantivejkul, secretary-general of the king’s Chaipattana Foundation, and one with a long history of fighting the anti-Thaksin Shinwatra battle (see hereheretherethis and  that). Sumet says “he wondered why calls had arisen for amendments to Section 112.” Maybe because royalist courts keep handing out ludicrous sentences to victims often forced to plead guilty. But Sumet is no idiot either, although we wonder when he says stupid things like: “the law would not cause trouble to anyone who did not violate it.”

As we mentioned yesterday, any notion that there is a liberal royalism is ditched and the fight soon becomes vicious whenever the royalists feel challenged. Now every royalist faction is mobilized behind lese majeste as if amending a dangerous and draconian law was an attach on the whole edifice of the monarchy. Humpty Dumpty is showing cracks and the horsemen are trying to repair them by declaring loyalty as the glue that keeps the monarchy and the country together and destroying those they see as fostering dissent and difference. They are sad, old political conservatives bent on maintaining a declining system.


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26 12 2011
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[…] As PPT notes, Sumeth is not the only one to mischaracterize the US law on this issue (although Meechai’s […]

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[…] necessary, and Thais just had to believe the king and love him. More recently, Sumet has been outspoken against the reform of the lese majeste law. In fact, his opposition is a pretty good indication of palace thinking on […]

27 02 2012
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