The King has “high fever” and Thaksin’s (ex) wife returns to Bangkok

It might be 2 importants news.

First, some official informations about the King’s health (statement by the Royal Household Bureau). As usual it’s not very clear.

-King has succession of high and low fever
-they give him antibiotics
-but they found no bacterial infection…

This is rather strange. Antibiotics are not candies… and are used against infection (although we shall remember that it’s a tradition in Thailand to give antibiotics… like candies indeed… So maybe they do the same with the King).

Rumors say that he is in hospital, although the article doesn’t say it. But it seems so.

And then, we learn that Pojaman… ex wife of Thaksin is coming back friday night in Bangkok !

Khunying Pojaman and her youngest daughter; Paethongtarn will return to Bangkok from Hong Kong by Thai International Airways at about 10.30pm.
Pojaman was granted bail after being convicted on tax evasion charge is reportedly arriving Bangkok from Hong Kong. (Nation)

Why she’s coming back now ? A few days after a major political crisis (PAD) ? Why does she take the risk to put gasoline onto the political fire ?

Why does she take some risks for her security ? And why so soon ? Okay she was convincted (but she did appeal) and they are officially divorced… But Thaksin’s ennemies could still use her as a leverage against the ex Prime Minister… So why now ?

Could it be linked to the election of the new prime minister ? Or to the King’s health situation ?

UPDATE DECEMBER 8

HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been recovering from his illness, according to the Royal Household Bureau.

His doctors had stopped giving him medicine and intravenous fluids, it said.

Monday’s statement from the bureau was the fourth and the last on His Majesty’s recent illness. The first one was released on December 5. (Nation)

14 Responses to “The King has “high fever” and Thaksin’s (ex) wife returns to Bangkok”


  1. 1 FDL 5 December 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I could not resist to laugh at your remark TC – “Thais traditionally consume antibiotics like candies . . . so why not HMK too”. Very true for every Thai household . . . excluding HMK of course.

    Thak’s ex is already back to Bangkok? Definitely she should hurry back and work to appeal on her conviction for tax fraud. Potjaman’s persuasive power was legendary but will her magic still work to sway the Court of Appeals to overturn her conviction?

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 5 December 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Yeah… everyone with at least 3 neurones connected, living in Thailand and who has been in contact with the thai medical system… knows that this is a major public health issue…

    From the “doctor” behind the counter of his “pharmacy” in the small sois, to the “doctor” in Bumrungrad hospital… too many anti biotics, too often. And sometimes with totally delirious (and criminal) use.

    We all know the infamous “small bag”… that poor thai people go to buy at the “pharmacy” when they are “sick”… a candies bag (1 per day) that contains many pills, of all the colors… and of course 1 pill of antibiotic.

    They don’t have enough money ? Mai pen rai, they just buy 1 bag…

    When i say that in Europe, nobody believe me… But it’s true. And after people are surprised to get infected by ferocious “local” strains, and are surprised that “standard european treatements” (regarding type of antibiotics and duration of the treatment) do not work anymore…

    Freaking candies.

  3. 3 chinesethai 5 December 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Suvarnabhumi Airport Director, who was once Thaksin’s Armed Force Prep School classmate, arranged for a VIP limousine to pick Thak’s Ex Potjaman up right at the aircraft.

    She’s not stupid to return in order to be jailed. Something must be worked out behind the scene.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 5 December 2008 at 4:54 pm

    How sweet from him. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    More things change, more they don’t.

    Obviously there is indeed something going on.

    We can’t assume that she was dying to eat a som tam, and therefore felt compelled to return to MotherLand-MotherShip ASAP.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. 5 Bedwyr 5 December 2008 at 5:00 pm

    More statements contradicting previous statements.

    No fever, light fever, fluctuating fever, high fever.

    No bacterial infection, yet antibiotics (only given for bacterial infections – that is what they are for*.

    Being fed by saline drip (which is only used for re-hydration or to maintain hydration, not for feeding).

    Esophagitis severe enough to prevent eating yet no infection. So. They know there is no infection so presumably that isn’t what caused it, yet they either don’t say or don’t know what did cause it.

    I can’t help thinking that he may actually be non-compos-mentis and the Palace would not let him loose with a speech if that were the case, ill or not.

    He may or may not be ill, he is certainly old and his health is clearly very frail. What a difference a year makes. I still remember him coming out of hostpital last year, and seeing himn make speeches since then.

    I still hark back to the photo of him in the vehicle, inspecting the troops. Something is wrong with that picture. Remember the prediction that he would be a no-show for the birthday speech, that prediction was made on the basis of persistent rumours coming out of the government that HMK now has limited cognitive function. A public speech of course would be disastrous if that were true.

    Bedwyr

    *Unless you are Thailand where they mysteriously and routinely treat viral infections with amoxyl and muscle relaxants!).

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 5 December 2008 at 5:18 pm

    … and paracetamol. You forgot paracetamol. Very important. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. 7 John 5 December 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Big article in Economist right now on Thai monarchy. I guess this magazine soon will be forbidden is Thailand.

  8. 8 Fonzi 5 December 2008 at 5:45 pm

    What is happening reminds me of the old Soviet days, when they had Breznev or Andropov or one of those guys missing from action with a cold for months.

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 5 December 2008 at 6:01 pm

    -Fonzi : absolutly. Or we could also make a parallel with… the Pope. When the world is waiting for the white smoke through the chimney… Or the black one.

    For the coming days, we shall get strange statements from the Royal Household Bureau… People will talk endlessly about every words…

  10. 10 ThaiCrisis 5 December 2008 at 6:02 pm

    -John : oh yes… Amazing. Absolutly striking. Words are missing…. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12724832

    http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12724800

    2 articles actually. Other blogs have talked about it… I will post something, but for my archives.

  11. 11 FDL 6 December 2008 at 1:42 am

    I got it half-right. Potjaman rushed back to Bangkok to (a) work her magic to get her tax fraud conviction overturned by the Appeals Court, and, (b) establish another political party.

    Just like ordinary Thais munching like candies on antibiotics, paraceptamols and prednisolone (did I get all the candies right TC?), the Shinawatras put up (and put down) political parties like toy legos.

  12. 12 Bedwyr 6 December 2008 at 3:30 am

    Remarkable really. Here we have a convicted tax fraudster who flees the country while her case is on appeal rather than face the music.

    Then she comes back, and far from being arrested, she grants an audience to immigration officials ‘on the plane’ and then is whisked off to safety by private limousine.

    Thai justice has an interesting way of dealing with its criminals. Oh no, sorry, that’s not right…

    Thai justice has an interesting way of dealing with its rich criminals.

    I wonder if she will go see Prem this time…

    Bedwyr

  13. 13 chinesethai 6 December 2008 at 4:39 am

    You have got to remember that the group of people who keep feeding The Economist all the information are Anti-Royalist. Now Shawn Crispin of Asia Times is the only source I rely on.

  14. 14 KV 6 December 2008 at 6:44 am

    Check out President Kekkonen from Finland in Wikipedia. He was kept in the Presidents office quite long and press was not saying a word about his ill health. He was the last powerful president of Finland and he continued to be president even when his brain functions were clearly already badly frailed. Sad really. And tells somethign about those cold war times in the distant Finlant too.


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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.


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