Obnoxious and cowardly on lese majeste

19 09 2013

PPT seldom pays much attention to Pornpimol (Pauline) Kanchanalak, who writes op-eds for The Nation. Back in 2009 we commented on four of her columns, without much enthusiasm, especially given her capacity for unsolicited advice when she has a few political skeletons in her cupboard.

However, Pauline‘s latest op-ed is so obnoxious as to deserve a little criticism from us.

Her column is headlined, “Thailand’s ‘SMART LADY’ has emerged,” and she says it is Aum Neko. Pauline appears to praise Aum for emphasizing that students should “love and cherish democracy” and for praising freedom.

That’s where Pauline seems to draw the line. Aum turns out to be one who:

dares to think, and dares to act, no-holds-barred. To her, nothing and no one is sacred; they all can be trashed. That, in her view, is democracy.”

For Pauline, such a perspective is a travesty for “upon closer examination, the Aum Neko phenomenon epitomises the sickness that plagues our society.” What sickness is that?

First, while she doesn’t hesitate to tear apart any institution, or anything whatsoever, she guards everything about herself religiously….

More important, and most dangerous, is her flawed and blind belief that freedom is boundless and total….

Such views, says a panicky Pauline, threaten “anarchy.” Aum’s “warped ideas” are a “product of a failed society like ours.”  She is accused of “dimwit narrowness” in “her senseless mantra of absolute freedom…”.

PPT doesn’t know much about Aum yet we would have thought that a young student with an idealistic view of freedom and democracy would be encouraged rather than chastised as a dimwit.

Clearly this outburst is no accident. It follows immediately on lese majeste accusations against Aum. Clearly Pauline’s attack is a callous and obnoxious endorsement of the cowardly political use of this feudal law.


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20 09 2013
Odious journalism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PPT posted on Pornpimol Kanchanalak’s obnoxious attack on lese majeste victim Aum Neko at The Nation. That was a decidedly low blow and, we think, […]

20 09 2013
Odious journalism | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT posted on Pornpimol Kanchanalak’s obnoxious attack on lese majeste victim Aum Neko at The Nation. That was a decidedly low blow and, we think, […]