General Prayuth Chan-ocha
16 Jan 2018
Pandemonium reigned in parliament yesterday after the vote to choose a new Prime Minister descended into farce. After the House had failed to choose a Prime Minister from among the candidates declared before the election, the appointed Senate was constitutionally required to join the House in voting for any candidate, including persons who had not stood for election. Predictably, the incumbent Prime Minister and leader of the 2014 coup d’état Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha was nominated.
20 Jan 2017
The venue: The meeting room of the Thailand 4.0 Policy and Planning Division, Scenarios Section.
13 Apr 2016
Who is doing this to our Dear Leader? General Prayut trots off to the US in search of more ‘oh look I’m in the same room as other world leaders so they must accept me’ photo ops and it is all promptly ruined by another burst of rampant paranoia. He told VOA he ‘met representatives of many countries’ (see, they do talk to him so Thailand is not the international pariah that some critics claim).
23 Mar 2016
So we can see there the pictures of Trump Air Force One touching down at Bangkok airport on the latest stage of the President’s whistle-stop foreign tour. And in case any viewers are wondering about the name, remember that Air Force One was a military plane and so along with the rest of the military it has been privatized by presidential order. We are now going over to our correspondent Tony Crane who is on the tarmac. Tony, what can you see there?
1 Apr 2015
Working on the well-known principle that it is far more important to conceal a scandal than deal with it, Gen Prayut last week threatened to summon a Channel 3 reporter. This brave young woman had travelled to Indonesia to report on the plight of Thais who had escaped slavery on fishing boats. Some were languishing in prison on a remote island (that the Thai media call ‘Benjina’ although that is the name of a town on Kobroor Island). Others sadly had died and been buried there.
25 Nov 2014
(New York, November 25, 2014) – Thailand’s military government is severely repressing fundamental rights and freedoms six months after its May 22, 2014 coup, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has shown no genuine signs of restoring democratic civilian rule.
20 Nov 2014
This government is beginning to get up my nose. Why can’t they stick to what they do best? Like barging into TV stations and telling them what they can and cannot show. And then saying they don’t do censorship. Or resurrecting a xenophobic rewrite of the Foreign Business Act that will stop these filthy foreigners from controlling their own investments. And then buggering off to international meetings and telling foreigners that we just love your filthy money so please keep investing here.
12 Nov 2014
The music and political worlds went into shock yesterday when the International Violin Competition Executive (known by its French acronym VICE) banned Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha from all international violin competitions for four years. The ban follows an investigation that revealed ‘irregularities’ into the way Gen Prayut was invited to participate in the prestigious Paganini Competition held last year.
30 Oct 2014
Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha will pay an official visit to Cambodia today for a two-day trip to strengthen bilateral ties. He is scheduled to meet with his counterpart, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, and to have an audience with King Sihamoni, who, on 14 October, celebrated his 10th anniversary of enthronement. Prayuth’s visit is highly significant in many ways, both for his own domestic purposes and for Thailand’s fragile relations with Cambodia.
15 Oct 2014
Perhaps this is what comes of appointing an Air Chief Marshal as Minister of Transport. If the General formerly known as Prayuth Chan-ocha had chosen an Admiral, I don’t think the idea of raising the three oldest bridges over the Chao Phraya would ever have seen the light of day.
10 Sep 2014
The captain of Thai industry was interested to see the results of Thailand’s education reform. Hearing that a fast-tracked ‘model student’ had applied for employment at his firm, he decided to conduct the interview himself. Thai businesses have long complained that the products of the Thai education system are virtually unemployable, lacking the skills necessary for the modern economy. The CEO was eager to see the results of the NCPO-inspired reform of the schooling system in developing the kind of graduates that the corporate sector required.
3 Sep 2014
The decision by the Royal Thai Army to charge Pornpen Khongkachonkiet and the Cross Cultural Foundation with criminal defamation is in line with similar charges brought earlier by the Royal Thai Navy against Phuketwan online newspaper. It also heralds a slew of similar prosecutions which critics say are designed to silence any criticism of the governing military junta and the government they have installed.