Minister as Manuel

19 04 2018

The media is abuzz with the story of The Dictator’s appointments of Sonthaya Khunploem as an adviser on political affairs to the prime minister and his brother Itthiphol as an assistant to the tourism and sports minister.

As part of this, one report that seems hilariously frank is at the Bangkok Post and involves Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat. He seems determined to be truthful when he says “he was not the person who chose his newly-appointed assistant Itthiphol Khunpleum, saying he was ‘not the owner of the ministry’.” He said: “Whoever proposes an appointment, I don’t care how they come. I just want to know only if we will be able to work together and how much power I will allocate to him…”. Manuel from Fawlty Towers comes to mind:

Then, puppet-like, Weerasak “denied it was a political appointment,” adding: “It’s not my duty to explain. I don’t know how it all came together…”.

The Dictator, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha had previously lied stated that the appointment was proposed by the tourism minister.


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20 04 2018
The junta and the gathering of dark influences | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] “party” as adviser to The Dictator and assistant to the tourism and sports minister (much to the minister’s surprise). This moves these dark influence peddlers’ political party to the military […]

20 04 2018
The junta and the gathering of dark influences | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] “party” as adviser to The Dictator and assistant to the tourism and sports minister (much to the minister’s surprise). This moves these dark influence peddlers’ political party to the military […]