Self-appointed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, The Dictator, is not the best salesman for his military regime.
There were some protests about his visit, with a series of red shirt TV programs showing some of it. The YouTube video below is one of three:
One of the Prayuth’s speeches to the U.N., on poverty and sustainable development, was a rapid-fire reading of a script in Thai. He appears uninterested and so do most of the delegates around him. We wonder if this is a preview of an equally execrable speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
According to a report at the Bangkok Post, The Dictator has made various undertakings in New York, including a promise of an election in 2017. Speaking to a bunch from the “US-Asean Business Council in New York on Friday night,” Prayuth said that the poll would be held “with no detour of the political roadmap.”
He did not explain that the roadmap is regularly redrawn.
Prayuth told the business group that the junta:
will spend time until the new polls to increase competitiveness, improve infrastructure, upgrade labour skills, and revise rules and regulations to be in tandem with international standards to facilitate investors…. Clamping down on corruption was also high on its to-do list….
He might have added that the military regime is going to spend time repressing opponents and ensuring that it gets its political way going forward.
The Dictator did his royalist duty, opening a propaganda exhibition on sufficiency economy hocus pocus.
Furthering his own bizarre understanding of democracy and sufficiency economy, Prayuth said “poverty was the root cause hampering democracy in Thailand as it put the poor on the sidelines and gave the middle class and the rich an opportunity to manage the country and resources.”
Of course, the sufficiency economy ideology does nothing to challenge inequality as it tells people to be satisfied with their lot in life.
The notion that Thailand’s democracy is hampered by poverty is military sleight of hand. In fact, it is the military that is the main obstacle to democracy, especially as it is allied to royalist elite and Sino-Thai tycoons.
Prayuth’s view of Thailand and democracy is about as accurate and real as a VW emissions test.