We have now heard General Prayuth Chan-ocha convey his version of the king’s words to the public several times now, beginning with the delayed accession to the throne after the previous king died.
This time, the Bangkok Post reports that Prayuth claims the king “has asked everyone involved to work together to ensure that upcoming important events, including the investiture of the new supreme patriarch…”.
The Dictator went further, saying the king said this to “him at an event which they were both attending on Thursday evening as the monarch presided over the opening ceremony of an exhibition organised in honour of the royal institution.”
According to the self-appointed prime minister, the king wanted the “investiture of the new supreme patriarch …[to] proceed without hitches…”. We assume that is some kind of threat to anyone who is ticked off that the king regained the power to appoint the patriarch so that untrusted and politically dubious senior monks could be seen off.
The Dictator went even further, declaring that the king “also complimented those involved in organising the exhibition, and said it will provide people with information on the royal institution, particularly the late King …, who made substantial contributions to the development of the country.”
No one knew that…. duh. But is this Prayuth or the king? And why is The Dictator the king’s mouthpiece?
As a footnote, another ventriloquist act is reported when Prime Minister’s Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck says that the about to be new supreme patriarch, Phra Maha Muniwong “asked me to pass on his best regards to the prime minister and wished Gen Prayut success in his work…”.
We just looked at the calendar and we can confirm it is 2017, not 1957.