For the past six years, supporters of General Prayuth Chan-o-Cha view him as a good man, an intelligent and capable leader. After all, he was the Army Chief, a leader of men. As well, many people applauded the military coup and embraced dictatorship.
But recently, even some of his most hardcore supporters have started to criticize the government. When your most famous politicians are nutty MPs, clueless ministers and one who is especially scandalous, even dutiful supporters pause to think. Combine six years of poor economic performance to mismanagement of PM2.5 and COVID-19, even loyal supporters throw up their hands and say WTF.
The former actress, songstress and politician is one of the most vocal supporters of General Prayuth. When she gives the Opposition a tongue-lashing, it makes everyone cringe. In January, she was a prominent face at the pro-government event, Dern Cheer Lung (Walk for Uncle). Currently, she hasn’t much to cheer about.
This was posted on her Facebook Page:
“How can I be exhausted? I’m not the prime minister. Must blame Thai people who elected them. Every time you elect, you always bring in lizards, you damn cancer!
(Disclaimer: it isn’t quite clear if she’s critical of General Prayuth, or just of Thai people, electoral democracy and politicians.)
MC Julajerm Yukol
Mom Chao (a royal title, not Master of Ceremony) Julajerm has been a vocal critic of any movements for change. Though he never quite approved of the 2014 military coup, he has supported General Prayuth’s government, because at least they have the shared goal of keeping Thailand as it always has been. An elite of royal blood, he’s a fixture on social media, known for his facebook posts criticizing opposition to the government, namely Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit; and he doesn’t mince words.
In response to the mask-hoarding scandal that broke Monday morning, he took to his Facebook and posted:
“You’ve already taken power [coup]. Why can’t you take over the masks for the people and doctors who need them? Or you just don’t know how.”
Dr. Seri Wongmontha
Dr. Seri is an academic, television celebrity and social media personality. He has been involved in political activism from the days Thaksin Shinawatra was prime minister. He was a regular at the Yellow Shirts Protest against Thaksin’s Thai Rak Thai Government, which led to the 2006 military coup. He was a star on the stage of the Whistle Protests, which led to the 2014 military coup.
On Sunday, Matichon quoted Dr. Seri:
“Tell you the truth, I’ve ran out of energy supporting the government. I see that some ministers have hidden personal interests. Some are stupid, don’t know how to do their job or are just in the wrong job.”
Regarding the current COVID-19 Crisis, he said:
“They mismanage the Little Ghosts [undocumented workers returning from South Korea]. They might easily fall dead from the horse over the face-mask scandal.”
Even the admin of the pro-Prayuth Facebook page Cheer Lung (Cheer for Uncle) seems to be annoyed. Nopadol took part in the 2014 Whistle Protest and was a force behind the event, Walk for Uncle, back in January.
In March however, he has this to say:
“If there is clear evidence that people within the government corrupt and cause a shortage of face masks, we would march to oust them ourselves.”
“Will the government destruct so easily because of face masks? Fallen dead off the horse so easily?”