Samak could lift soon the virtual state of emergency… that he has virtually imposed last week

Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej hinted at a possibility of revoking a state of emergency imposed in the capital on Tuesday in the next day or two.

“Usually, the state of emergency will remain in effect for three months, But I won’t keep it that long,” Mr Samak said.

He said he had discussed with related parties before imposing the state of emergency, and will have to do that before revoking it. (Bangkok Post)

Samak did it. Last friday. And now Samak tell us that the state of emergency could be lifted… next week.

What does it mean, you’re entitled to ask… Well… nothing. That’s the beauty of the thai circus. 😉

Samak is a clown. And is about to be ridiculed, again and over again.

How could he justify to invoke and revoke the state of emergency in less than 2 weeks ? What was achieved during those few days ?

He can’t say the truth : the truth is : this state of emergency has never been enforced ! It’s virtual. Like the arrest warrants against PAD’s leaders.

Samak is good to bark, but he does not control the security forces.

Yesterday on the radio he said :”the world is watching us“.

Indeed. And the sight is ugly.

12 Responses to “Samak could lift soon the virtual state of emergency… that he has virtually imposed last week”


  1. 1 Bedwyr 5 September 2008 at 11:37 am

    Yep, you are right. Samak said “the world is watching us“. But the full statement was not published.

    What he actually said was “the world is watching us, and laughing its bollocks off.”

    I wonder why they didn’t report it all… 😀

    Bedwyr

  2. 2 chinesethai 5 September 2008 at 11:49 am

    I like the pic. It makes my day! LOL

  3. 3 FDL 5 September 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Samak is a bozo . . . not to be taken seriously anymore.
    But Samak Sundaravej will cling on to power for as long as he can …
    believing Thailand needs a clown for PM.

  4. 4 Bedwyr 5 September 2008 at 3:51 pm

    FDL, you miss the point. Samak thinks he should be taken seriously. The man is an oaf and a numbskull, carefully selected because he is not too bright and he will be disqualified soon when his appeal is turned down.

    The capacity of Thais for self-delusion is truly awesome. The whole world is laughing at this buffoon and yet here he is, steadfastly believing that what he hears is admiration.

    With any luck someone will shoot the stupid git, even by Thai standards he is thick as shit.

    Bedwyr

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 5 September 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I believe too that the man has a very high self esteem.

    The roots of this self desilusion is that his family is close and is working for the king since a long time.

    He probably sees himself as a white knight.

    Add to this the fact that, contrary to thai usages and very basic principles of civilized education, he has a very big mouth (he speaks loud, he’s vulgar)… the result is a sour cocktail.

    What a pleasure it will be when he will leave the stage and go back to his kitchen (where he belongs) ! I’m impatient.

    I didn’t like Thaksin, but at least he was smart. I didn’t like the Junta (nothing more stupid than a man, any man, in a uniform).

    And I don’t really like the PAD and all the circus.

    But I have to say that Samak is the gold medal on my podium of distate.

    Gold medal. 😉

  6. 6 fall 5 September 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Do not issue a law you cannot enforce.

    But please dont shoot him, do not make a martyr out of this man.

  7. 7 Thai guy 5 September 2008 at 4:06 pm

    The pro-government people also seem to think that Thailand should have a clown for PM, all in the name of
    “democracy”.

  8. 8 tum|bler 5 September 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Absolutely agree. The SoE is a major embarrassment for Thailand. I’ll be ecstatic to see him go. But what I can’t stand either is that the PAD would see Samak’s resignation as a victory for them.

  9. 9 chinesethai 6 September 2008 at 9:18 am

    From my conversation with many from Thailand’s poor northeastern region, I sense that more and more of poor farmers are waking up to the reality since more and more have access to Sondhi’s ASTV and Sutthichai Yoon’s Nation Channel. TPBS is also useful in helping the people see the other side of coin they had never before. They have begun to learn that populism is poisonous to them. The only people they can count on to get out of poverty are themselves. I can tell you that PAD comprising elites is no longer the case. Despite long way to go, we see some tiny light at the end of tunnel.

  10. 10 thaichris 7 September 2008 at 4:30 am

    Here is what it is all about – saving his own neck. I talked about the court case looming above Samak, here is it in his own words. He stated during todays’s ‘Talk Samak Style’:

    Prime Minister and Defence Minister Samak Sundaravej spoke during his weekly talk show on the state-run National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) channel on Sunday that he plans to explain Thailand’s civil strife at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly session, which is scheduled to convene on September 23.

    Mr Samak said he is not afraid that a coup will take place after his departure to the UN General Assembly, similar to the 2006 military coup that was staged while ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra attended the UN conference.

    The prime minister said he will ask the Court of Appeals to postpone a ruling on a libel suit on September 25 because he will attend the UN General Assembly to clarify the country’s situation to the international community.

    He tries to avoid jail as his predecessor tried. And if the court doesn’t follow his request, he will leave the SoE in place which makes him nearly untouchable.

  11. 11 ThaiCrisis 7 September 2008 at 6:06 am

    … Indeed. This is an interesting… news.

    Let’s see if the court will postpone.

  12. 12 FDL 7 September 2008 at 10:18 am

    What happens if the Court of Appeals upholds Samak Sundaravej’s conviction (and 2-year jail term) for libel? It will an interesting development, yes?

    Thailand could then have a Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej sitting and governing from jail … hah! That could be a timely solution to Samak’s difficulty in finding a permanent place of work considering that those unruly PADs had occupied the Government Office.

    Would there be a coup while Samak Sundaravej makes his bombastic speech at the U.N.? Another dull TV rerun? the proxy Samak going down exactly the way of his master Thaksin? Will these TV reruns never end . . . .

    I am getting tired of Benny Hill shows.


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