Photgraphed by a reader in front of the United Nations in Bangkok.
I don’t think Pheua Thai will be unhappy about this “Vote No” campaign at all.
The hardworking water buffalo whose sweat and blood provides rice for the Nation’s dining table.
The majestic and ferocious tiger whose valor defended our borders from our enemies that we may sleep safe in our beds at night.
The brave dog whose loyalty to the country is unquestionable, whose service to the country invaluable.
The quiet but effective snake whose hard work kept rodents of our fields that fruits and vegetables may grace our dining tables.
And the every vivacious monkey that kept us all entertained and hopeful through the dark days.
These creatures are all worthy to become MPs, extending their services from provincial to national level.
I would be honoured to have all of the above wonderful virtues attributed to me.
Only FOOLs would look down on them.
Only FOOLs would mock them.
Only FOOLs would say ‘no’ to voting these virtuous animals into the parliament.
This supporter of the above animals would like to lodge a formal protest with the EC for contempt towards these great creatures and sue the advertisers for libel.
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Looks like a pretty accurate representation of the possibilities to me, although I don’t, of course support the message.
Does anyone know why likening a person to the hea (monitor lizard) is considered to be the greatest insult imaginable within Thai culture? What does it mean?
Also, I noticed on a recent trip to Nonthaburi, that bastion of Redshirt support, that all the posters of PM Opposite have had their mouths cut out by terrorists. Well, to be accurate, not all. Some have merely had their teeth blackened. Does the empty mouth thing have any particular cultural significance, or should one read it as one would in the west (‘big, hollow mouth’)?
I do love community participation in the arts, especially Street Art, so I’ll be looking out for more of this type of thing. Given the very large number of people here with a high degree of visual arts talent, and the natural Thai propensity for wit, people of my ilk could be in for some fun entertainment in the near future.
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Well, I guess Amart like to have pets in their house. To compare politicians that loyal to them like these animals (esp the font dog) seems to make sense to me.
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A picture like this would make a great animation piece it could be titled ‘Thailand’s political Zoo’ no tame animals allowed.
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I think yoll nd that’s not a snake but the much beloved thai water monitor that supports the Thai economy by being eagerly exported to Chinese restaurants to avoid bad luck.
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Two bad words that come together.
Here, Hea (เหี้ย) is considered a bad creature by Thais because it steals poultry and fish causing a great lost to farmers.
Ha, Har (ห่า) is not an animal but a disease that cause an epidemic, e.g. diarrhea.
These two words are sometimes used together.
Well, ‘don’t let animals go through the parliament’; this is a good comparative of the current of Thai politics. I think not only Pheua Thai but also Democrat party will be unhappy about the campaign if both parties have got lots of animals which need to be fed by providing seats in the House of Representatives.
The thing needs to be realised is that which party have got enormous numbers of varied animals.
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i disagree with New Mandala. i think Pheau Thai Party must be happy with the NO vote campaign coz yellow shirts represents/supports the current military backed Democrat government. no vote campaign will effect more to current government than to opposition.
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Samip – I think we agree. That is exactly the point I was making. AW
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Buddhadasa thought all humans could learn from animal wisdom.Let us not forget they are often in charge, although Siamese cats are clearly superior beings to poodles, and help make what we are human animals
The best thing about this poster is that it shows the boundless stupidity and crude mentality of the PAD. They may have more money – or whatever it is that differentiates yellows from reds – but they certainly don’t have any more intelligence, sophistication or subtlety. Furthermore, by descending to such levels of vulgarity, just to get one up on your opponent, shows that you are no better than the implied profanities that these animals represent. It is not the animals that that are poor, it is the minds of the people that observe them . . .
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Thank you for noting my mistaking hea for ngu.
All the animals have rather negative connotations in Thailand.
As a western educated Thai, I can understand why such an ad can be viewed as representative of how low the PAD got or that it might be ‘beneficial’ to PT. But from a local local perspective with no pre-determined perspectives?
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