Confusion, king and royalist “advice”

22 03 2020

While there’s plenty of confusion over the virus, some of it in the Thai government is truly bizarre.

The Bangkok Post reports on Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat’s initial response to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang’s order for a “soft shutdown” in the city was unforgivable. She “warned the public to be aware of ‘fake news’ and to ‘only believe in information released by the government and government agencies’.”

As the Post observes, “she doubted the order’s authenticity, which also means she didn’t have the faintest idea that malls were indeed being closed at the governor’s order…”.

Making things worse, “the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) revised the order and issued another one just a few hours later.”

Such confusion sends people into panics.

Not confused are those in the regime responsible for “protecting” the king. He’s been getting plenty of criticism and his people are worried about the extent of abuse, So, as Andrew MacGregor Marshall reports, they are threatening lese majeste charges.

And, then, there’s the balmy royalists like TV “personality” Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas who went bonkers on her “fan page”:

This isn’t the first crisis our nation has faced, is it – we’ve been through the floods, the Tom Yum Kung crisis, the burning of our city (red shirts) …this isn’t the first time, there’s no need to panic. We’ve made it through it all….

Her “advice”?

Thailand is such a sacred nation. You should know how many Bodhisattvas we have, we have the king, we have angels and sacred beings protecting us…very tightly! Just think of him.

His silentness will do the job. Maybe she means the dead one, which is the usual royalist bull buffalo manure.



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