PPT is unable to keep up with the flow of remarkable articles on the activities of a seemingly unstable regime. We say “unstable” as many of the utterances and actions by the military junta seem to be driven by mental instability. Even so, we are not convinced that this is an “explanation” for seemingly bizarre behavior
Bike for Dad: The best report we have seen on the Bike for Dad ridiculousness, mired in corruption, lese majeste and deaths in custody is, in fact, a spoof at Not The Nation. Sadly, for a country that is suffering the increasing insanity of military dictatorship, the spoof is as accurate as most of the reports appearing in the mainstream media.
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the private sector is being strong-armed to support military-monarchy propaganda exercises. The secretary-general of Thai Frozen Foods Association “said he was asking for cooperation from members to allow employees to take an extra day off on Friday.” He was responding to “a call by Department of Labour Protection and Welfare for private companies to help promote tourism during the long weekend and support their employees in taking part in the Bike for Dad event.” However, because “more than 80% of the workers in the frozen food industry were migrant labourers who will not be paid if they take the day off as a holiday,” this is an inexpensive show of demanded loyalty. The BTS skytrain operator has been told to provide “free rides will be offered on both the skytrain and the BRT bus rapid transit system from 6am until midnight on Friday as part of the bike ride activity….Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the Expressway Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Expressway Plc will waive toll fees at 11 entrances from 9am until 11pm on Friday.”
All of that will make the traffic like the Not The Nation spoof. It is difficult to spoof this regime because they spoof themselves on a daily basis.
Bike for Dad “Plot”: Readers will recall that a “plot” was “uncovered” to assassinate someone at the prince’s event. Readers will also know that the regime then spoofed itself when it was learned that one of those involved had been in jail for the whole period of the “planning” for the “plot.” Never mind, the regime dolts claimed he must have been involved somehow. Dolts do hate being shown to be dolts, for they can recognize loss of face. The result? Who’d have guessed that the loyal thugs in uniform would simply sue the jailed man’s lawyer! No, we are not making this up. “The Thai junta’s law officers has filed a criminal defamation complaint against a lawyer of a Bike for Dad plot suspect while the lawyer alleged that the authorities intimidated her and pressured her client to change his attorney.” Clots and clods working to save face do ever more stupid things.
Thammasat defiled: The university has a long tradition of support for student activists and for democracy. However, in recent years, the Thammasat administration, like those of universities throughout the country, has been taken over by royalists and anti-democrats. Its most recent capitulation to the military dictatorship sees the “Student Affairs Office [issuing…] a statement, saying that people should not to associate Thammasat with activists demanding probe into Rajabhakti park scandal while many academics urged the university to reconsider its statement.” The administration states that the students’ “actions were meant to cause disruptions in governance.” Can’t have that! It is better to support an illegal military regime that represses students (among many others). Some academics expressed concerns about the statement and they are likely to face threats too.
National Anti-Corruption Commission: Pretty much a toothless tiger when it comes to anything other than politicized cases, The Dictator has said that the NACC can work unfettered. We assume this means on everything except massive military and regime corruption.
Army fakes protests: Social media confirms that the junta’s dubious claims that they arrested students and supporters a few days ago to “protect them” was, in fact, another lie. Photos show Army Division 9 commander, Maj Gen Thamnoon Vithee, masquerading as a “protester” at Ban Pong. Perhaps these dolts will go into denial, again. We already knew that the military organized the “demonstrations,” but having a Major-General lead it seems dumb if you are faking this kind of thing. Still, it was standard practice in the 1973-76 period.
The military and police threat: Police Major-General Paween Pongsirin, who led the investigation into the trafficking and murder of Rohingya migrants is seeking political asylum in Australia. Why? He says – and he should know – that “influential figures in the government, military and police want him dead…”. They want him dead because he is threatening their corrupt networks that have made admirals, generals and their wives fabulously wealthy. Threatening the hierarchy is an added “crime.”
Just to be clear, he described the hierarchy in this way: “Influential people are involved in human trafficking. There are some bad police and bad military who do these kind of things. Unfortunately, those bad police and bad military are the ones that have power…”.
Lese majeste couture: Shock! Horror! Well, not really, just another lese majeste reality mimicking spoofs. Some dope named Banjong Lueadthahan who claims to be riding his bike for someone who is not his father, or even a relative, claims that the Nakhon Sawan provincial authorities should be investigated for lese majeste. Why? He reckons they gave him a Bike for Dad shirt that is a fake. Another ludicrous story that is real in a Thailand that seems like a spoof of a nation that is insane.
We can’t bring ourselves to write any more of this nonsense. That will do for mad Wednesday.