Pathetic royalist “university” III

3 09 2017

Chulalongkorn University’s concocted royalist initiation ceremony for first-year students that descended into chaos into chaos sees the university’s royalist administrators going royalist beserk.

When a group of students staged a walk out from the ridiculous prostration ceremony, one of them was put in a headlock by botany assistant professor Ruengwit Bunjongrat. The thug “professor” hid in a hospital and the university administration defended him.

Blaming the head of the Student Council, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal for the kerfuffle and barely concealing the administration’s desire to be rid of the student activist, it is replacing him and his colleagues with, they hope, appropriately royalist puppet Student Council.

The administration’s royalism is defended. They proudly declare that the students are not just renegades but unThai. The latter being a dangerously vicious attack on opponents usually the stuff of military thugs:

Disrespect to Thai morality, failing to maintain the university’s prestige and performing practices against Thai culture are among accusations faced by former student council president Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal and other seven students for allegedly misbehaving during Chulalongkorn University’s (CU) oath-taking ceremony.

As a result of breaking these rules, Netiwit and his colleagues have had their behaviour points deducted by 25 points. Since Netiwit and four others had served in the CU student council, they were removed from those posts.

The royalist administrators list the transgressions based on their kindergarten’s 1984 regulations on student discipline:

Article 4: “Students must always strictly follow all laws, rules, regulations, announcements or orders of the University or their faculty”;

Article 5: “Students must follow Thai good moral, ethical and cultural principles on all occasions”;

Article 6: “Students must maintain unity, orderliness and the University’s image and prestige”

Article 7: “Students must behave themselves gently and not behave in ways that may damage themselves, their parents, their guardians, or the University” and

Article 12: “Students must not perform any tradition or practice deemed inappropriate to Thai culture.”

The students are guilty of causing the royalist world to tremble ever so slightly:

Instead of sitting on the ground and paying their respects like all other students, they chose to walk away from their positions spots, and stood and bowed before statues of the late King Rama V and VI.

That show of respect was insufficient, causing the royalist administrators’ berserk reactions. As well as assaulting one student, the students are now accused of “misconduct.”





Pathetic royalist “university” II

1 09 2017

Just over two weeks ago, PPT posted on Chulalongkorn University’s terrible publicity over its concocted royalist initiation ceremony for first-year students that descended into chaos.

As a group of students staged a walk out, one of them was put in a headlock by a royalist botany assistant professor Ruengwit Bunjongrat. The thug “professor” hid in a hospital and the university administration defended him while blaming the head of the Student Council, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal.

The university’s “leadership” wants to be rid of because he has taken positions contrary to the royalism promoted by the administration. That “leadership” said it was “investigating.” But, taking its lead from the military junta, “investigating” involves blaming victims and those it sees as “enemies.” That meant investigating Netiwit, who was accused of “violating two university regulations.”

At the time we stated: Make no mistake, like the lese majeste case against Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa, this is an attempt to frame Netiwit.

And he has been now been framed and ousted.

Netiwit has been thrown out as president of the “university’s” Student Council having had his “behaviour points were cut following the showdown at the [concocted] oath-giving ceremony for King Rama V on Aug 3.”

Four of his fellow council members, all a part of Netiwit’s activist group, “also faced the cuts and were disqualified too…”. They are “Thornthep Maneecharoen and Thatthep Ruangprapaikitseree, also from the Political Science Faculty; Supalak Bamrungkij from the Economics Faculty; and Chinnawat Ngamlamai from the Education Faculty.”

The removal of “behavior points” – who knew such a system existed! – disqualified “him from sitting in the council, according to its [the ‘university’] regulations.”

So far, no action has been taken against thug-assistant professor Ruengwit, who has gone very quiet. That’s a royalist tactic, hoping that his impunity can be maintained.

Thailand’s double standards are everywhere. Under the military dictatorship, royalist dolts and thugs are empowered to repress and order society, in all of its institutions.





Rewriting history

7 01 2017

As we have pointed out previously, the death of the king and the beginning of Vajiralongkorn’s reign has seen an effort to rewrite history. Such a process is not new or even unexpected as the military dictatorship “manages” the early period of the new reign.

We mentioned a network of tame authors and journalists who mythologize the monarchy.

We also noted the propaganda work of political commentator Thitinan Pongsudhirak. Then, we pointed to one of his recent op-ed at the Bangkok Post as an attempt to rewrite history. In that post we pointed to Thitinan’s developing royalist credentials in his pathetic ode to the dead king.

He just gets worse. Thitinan’s latest op-ed cobbles royalist lies. Or you might think that Thitinan has reverted to a pre-1932 mindset, aligned with the thrust of the military dictatorship.

For some reason, Thitinan decides that the most significant feature of Thailand’s modern history is the dead king’s reign. Ditching military rule, constitutionalism, elections, capitalism and much more, he hacks out a royalist lie:

the period that has run its course stems from King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s long and remarkable reign that shaped the country’s socio-political setting and economic development over 70 years.

Yes, that’s the dead king having shaped everything.

He praises the dictatorship as “popular” and royalist:

Thailand … has had a government from a military coup that the vast majority of Thai people — as measured by the Aug 7 charter referendum which passed by a convincing margin with a large turnout, for example — have more or less accepted during their once-in-a-lifetime royal transition.

He praises the dictatorship for its monarchism:

As the coup-makers under the National Council for Peace and Order [he means the junta] have successfully facilitated the royal transition into the new reign…

Thitinan rewrites history as king’s history in a way that justifies decades of monarchy-military political domination and repression:

For 15 years after Thailand’s political change from absolutism to constitutionalism in 1932, for example, Thai politics was topsy-turvy and swung wildly until King Bhumibol’s reign got under way and became consolidated in the 1950s-70s. Thai politics was never smooth thereafter but it spawned a political order that people accepted, embraced or became accustomed to.

This is errant nonsense and ignores the thousands of Thais who were jailed or killed for opposing authoritarian regimes. He babbles about any political transition in Thailand being in the hands of dead king and his successor, where cremations and coronations determine political events.

No, this is not 1868 or 1629. This is Thitinan conjuring a royalist future.

Like other flunkies, Thitinan does the junta’s propaganda by “justifying” and “election” in 2018 based on royal events and junta “road maps.” We can only guess at the rewards that result from such obsequious servility.