Prepare for the next drama : Samak “accepts” nomination to return as PM


Samak Sundaravej has accepted his party’s nomination to return to power as prime minister, a spokesman said Thursday.

“Samak has accepted his nomination for prime minister,” said Suthin Klangsang, a spokesman for the People Power Party (PPP).

“Samak said he is confident that parliament will find him fit for office, and that he is happy to accept the post,” Suthin added. (Nation)

You thought that we hit the bottom with the cooking show (and actually, many other previous events) ? Me too. I was and you were wrong !

😉

So now, the PPP has “asked” Samak to be PM again. Samak has “accepted” the nomination… Let’s wait now for the vote.

If Samak The Cook is voted PM again… we can assume than the food is going to be super spicy…

14 Responses to “Prepare for the next drama : Samak “accepts” nomination to return as PM”


  1. 1 chinesethai 11 September 2008 at 8:56 am

    I TOLD YOU!!!!

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 11 September 2008 at 8:57 am

    😉
    Indeed.

    But again you know Thailand better than me… and you should know that many things can change in 24 hours here…

  3. 3 chinesethai 11 September 2008 at 9:12 am

    You should learn about the word “Srithanonchai”. I’ll teach you.

    Srithanonchai is a character in a Thai legend but you don’t need to worry about the whole story.

    Here’s some examples that perfectly describe Srithanonchai’s logic.

    1. A man was caught red-handed while attempting to steal a pair of shoes in supermarket. He denied the accusation, saying “I am just taking home some pairs of shoes. I didn’t know that I can’t take them for free. Sorry, I didn’t do any wrong. You have no right to punish me”.

    2. Thaksin was found guilty of purposely under-declaring his assets. He said he did not do anything against the law. What he dis is an “honest mistake” (บกพร่องโดยสุจริต).

    3. I am not wrong. It is the law that is wrong.

    4. I won a landslide election. A huge majority of 14,000,000 voted me in. I can do anything under the sun. Even if I killed somebody and stole some 1 billion from the country’s coffer, I am still right because those 14,000,000 elected me. Do you want to run in the election with me? I will surely win again. Shut your **** up! This is DEMOCRACY!!! MAJORITY RULES!!!

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 11 September 2008 at 9:23 am

    Okay, I start to get the point of “Srithanonchai”. 😉

    I always had another expression (different cultural background) :
    -the Fuckyoupolicy.
    -the Talktothehandpolicy

    This philosophy is widely used in Asia. Think about

    -China (“what ? I promised you journalists to open Internet during the Games ? Fuck you. I’ve just changed opinion”)

    -Burma (“what ? you’re not happy when I kill my own people ? Well fuck you. I’ve got the support of China”)

    -And North Korea of course (“we made a deal last year to turn off our nuclear reactor ? Well today we’ve decided to removed the seals on the factory. Fuck you”)

    The list is actually endless (China about Sudan and Darfur, China about Tibet, Russia, Zimbabwe, Iran etc.).

    The Fuckyoupolicy is just the raw form of the very old will to power.

    Nietzsche talked about it. Very well. 😉

    It’s so modern.

    But las, it’s going to give to democracies some real problems… We just don’t know how to deal with the “fuckyoupolicy”.

  5. 5 Andy 11 September 2008 at 9:46 am

    So we will have to wait for the closing of act 2 on September 25, when he will be forced to leave office a second time. Another two weeks extensions of this big theater show, which are in fact another 2 weeks lost for the country. Or does anyone seriously think there will be enough MPs in the coalitions who will vote for an alternative candidate? Why I always have to think of a Kindergarten when reading about Thai politics?

  6. 6 thaichris 11 September 2008 at 10:09 am

    Andy, there is no closing act on September 25th. Samak cann appeal to one more court, this will take at least another 12-24 month and until then he can still be PM.

    ThaiChris, Bozo is back, I told you in my comment two days ago. And read the rest. PAD will occupy gorvernement house for the next 4 years, the govenement will relocate to Don Muang Airport for the next 12 month and then to Cntral Prison following Samak.

    Or, and this is become more and more reallity, we will go to see another 16th Octomer. Tomorrow 5’000 students will protest in front of the parliament and they will not stop. Anuporn, keep yourself ready to take the post of PM.

  7. 7 chinesethai 11 September 2008 at 10:14 am

    I don’t think China and Burma fall into the Srithanonchai category. They are authoritarians, yes. But they are straightforward about being authoritarians or dictatorship, you name it. When they play villain’s role, people can tell right away like oh…yeah you’re evil. Even a primary school student can tell.

    In Thailand, villains usually arrive in the disguise of either “majority rule” “elections” “constitutions” or “MPs”. They’re supposed to be good guys. Therefore, it is hard for new political observers, especially the west, to detect irregularity. Coz rampant vote buying and corruption rarely exist in western countries’ politics.

    Many Thais have started to question if western style democracy is universal. Is election the only means to achieve democracy? Take the recent earthquake in China as an example. Despite popularly unelected, the communist government quickly dispatched large-scale rescue teams and opened for foreign aids. Unlike in Thailand, why are major cities in China always kept clean and in place, and roads and railways on par with 1st-world standard? Why could they lift hundreds of millions of people from poverty in just a couple of decades? While Burma(unelected rulers), the Philippines(elected rulers), and Indonesia(elected rulers) remain backward. The difference can be found in Thailand’s more appallingly complex form of corruption and lack of accountability, which have always been assumed to be in the mind of elected politicians. That is why more informed people, not limited to elites, are joining PAD movement.

    Thai politics is unique and truly one of a kind, you know.

  8. 8 chinesethai 11 September 2008 at 11:02 am

    NEW DEVELOPMENT:

    A faction called “Esan Pattana” or “Northeast Moves Ahead” in PPP is rebelling against the re-nomination of Samak.

    The secret is they failed to win a ministerial seat in Samak 1 administration.

    But don’t worry. Once a deal is worked out behind the scene between the faction and Samak, the noise will stop immediately.

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 11 September 2008 at 11:51 am

    Sure… It’s a good way to increase the stakes : “now we want TWO ministers”.
    😉

  10. 10 FDL 11 September 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I just burst out laughing when I read that those PPP party members will again renominate Samak Sundaravej to be Thai PM. So I am feeling good about myself . . . Either take the whole Thaksin-Samak-Chamlong-Sondhi saga in good humour or other pessimism could take-over.

    So what happens Sept-25th, if the Court of Appeals uphelds the libel suit against Samak Sundaravej? According to Yoon’s article at The Nation today, Samak will be immediately led to jail (2 year sentence) is what happens . . . and Samak will have to sit in jail while the Supreme Court reviews his appeal.

    And there are three more cases against Samak Sundaravej: the fire-truck corruption scandal (while Bangkok Governor) and two malfeasance cases. (But still those PPP idiots will renominate Samak to be PM again!!!!!)

  11. 11 fall 11 September 2008 at 1:24 pm

    And they called themselves professional politician.
    What a bunch of idiot.

    This constitutional ruling is THE check-and-balance working here. If they fail to notice it, then too bad.
    Let see if tomorrow will they really nominate Samak. I am betting that if they do and he became PM again, the Dem would do a “walk-out”.

    But my toilet seat is more diplomatic than them, at least it have the courtesy to flush after being shit on.

  12. 12 Bedwyr 11 September 2008 at 2:38 pm

    You just couldn’t make this shit up.

    I have no idea why people laugh their bollocks off at Thais, I really don’t.

    Honest.

    Bedwyr

  13. 13 loris 11 September 2008 at 10:47 pm

    In fact it is sad, nothing to laugh about.

  14. 14 chinesethai 12 September 2008 at 4:41 am

    NEW DEVELOPMENT:

    PPP is in deeper trouble as the same Pro-Thaksin street fighters (a.k.a. Nor-Por-Chor/Nor-Por-Kor), who attacked PAD the night for State of Emergency, threaten to stage protest against the “Esan Pattana” faction in front of PPP head office.

    PPP is composed of at least 5 factions and other sub-factions! All of which, including Esan Pattana, whether nominating Samak or not, claim that they already received approval from Thaksin in London for PM nomination.

    See a linkage here? It attests to the fact that Samak has had no control over any PPP member and the notorious “Nor-Por-Chor” only works for their boss in London, not Samak.

    Like in Canada, a constitutional monarchy, in Thailand there are 3 pillars – legislative, administrative, and judiciary. And less openly, the military, the other special pillar.

    Thaksin has successfully dominated the first 2 pillars but the judiciary and military, which remains loyal to His Majesty and the Thai people. To destroy the King, thus undoing Thaksin’s guilt, Thaksin must do everything to ruin the credibility of the judiciary. That’s why we have seen the infamous 2-million baht pastry box case, which sent Thaksin’s key lawyers to jail to Thaksin’s surprise. Nominating Samak back to the PM post, if successful, would mean a slap in the face of the judiciary. Thaksin also wants to see a chaos dragged on until the succession time.


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