What did you expect?

9 03 2019

A couple of days ago, in a Bangkok Post editorial, it is lamented that there is a “stark contrast to the race for Lower House seats in the March 24 general election, the ongoing process of selecting a majority of senators has fallen under the public radar.”

A model senator

It goes on to refer to the selection of unelected senators as “a secretive recruitment process for Upper House members who will be granted unprecedented power to join parliamentary votes for a prime minister.” These selectees are expected to be pro-military, pro-monarchy, pro-junta and pro-Prayuth Chan-ocha.

It adds that “the process of selecting these senators has taken place behind closed doors” led by Deputy Dictator Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.

Junta boss, coup leader, self-appointed Prime Minister and prime ministerial candidate Gen Prayuth “has refused to reveal who is on the special committee.”

The Post huffily declares: “By keeping it secret, Gen Prayut has made a mockery of the selection process, which many suspect is set up to further his own aims.”

What did the editorial writer think? That a process meant to select a puppet Senate was going to be fair and transparent? Give us a break! Even if The Dictator did name his committee, it’d make no difference to the selection of the future-proofing puppets.

The process is meant to be a junta process, for the junta and by the junta. How could the Post expect anything else?



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