Tag Archives: National Legislative Assembly

Military rule continuing

A story reproduced in a Malaysian newspaper begins this way: Thailand enters its fourth year under military rule Monday with the junta firmly entrenched in power and prospects for the return of democracy bleak despite promised elections at the end of next year, rights activists say. Briefly, the article notes that the junta’s puppet National […]

King’s power increased, public funds (mis)used

Thailand’s restoration of feudal institutions and relationships just moved another step into the dark ages. In an earlier post, PPT posted on a secret meeting of the military junta’s puppet National Legislative Assembly that gave a bunch of state agencies to the king. Because it was a secret meeting, little was actually known about the […]

Self congratulations

There’s very little scope for humility among the members of the junta and its minions which together constitute the military dictatorship. The latest example of arrogance is in an “interview” with charter junkie and career anti-democrat Meechai Ruchupan by The Nation’s Suthichai Yoon. A couple of decades ago, Suthichai portrayed himself as a journalist opposed […]

More secret king’s business II

In a post yesterday we mentioned the secret changes made to  royal agencies. The reports that we had seen suggested a “re-organization,” and we wondered what was so nefarious that the changes were made surreptitiously. A report at Reuters now explains the secret business a little more. It seems the reason for the secrecy is […]

Getting headlines wrong

Brief corrections to two stories in the media that mislead, both noted by PPT readers. First, at Prachatai, there’s a report headlined “Junta blocks Youtube channel of exiled Thai journalist.” This is a story that reports the censorship of a YouTube channel run by exiled journalist Jom Petpradab called Jom Voice. He makes his program […]

More secret king’s business I

In case you missed it, the junta had the puppet National Legislative Assembly (NLA) meet in secret on 20 April to enact a “new bill … to reorganise the six agencies serving the Crown…”. The puppet lawmakers naturally “approved in-camera the royal administration bill which the Cabinet had added to the meeting agenda.” We can […]

Observing the puppets

Since the military dictatorship established its National Legislative Assembly of the Unusually Rich and Other Puppets, we have been critical of it. “Critical” is probably the wrong word for we have been dismissive of it. It is not “national” in that it is unrepresentative. Indeed, if it needs emphasis, it is unelected. Worse, it is […]