THEY SAID IT
“CHERISHED MEMORIES WILL LINGER FOR A LONG TIME.”
His Majesty the King, in a message to the United States on the death of ex-president George HW Bush.
“WE LOOK FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL 2019 IN WHICH THAILAND WILL HOLD NATIONAL ELECTIONS.”
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States, in a public statement congratulating Thailand on National Day.
“WE’LL WIN 150 SEATS. AT LEAST.”
Somsak Thepsuthin, campaign manager of the Palang Pracharath Party, dedicated to extending the term and power of the military and Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
“THE FOREIGN MINISTRY REQUESTED THE IMMIGRATION BUREAU TO DETAIN HIM.”
Pol Lt Gen Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, Immigration Bureau chief, on why Bahraini refugee Hakeem AlAraibi was detained on his arrival from Melbourne.
“IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE OAK.”
Chalerm Ubumrung, chief of the Pheu Thai Party campaign, on having the son of Lord Voldemort na Dubai along with him on upcountry electioneer swings.
“THE POOR [SHOULD] HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET-BASED SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND NEWS.”
Apisak Tantivorawong, Minister of Finance, announcing that welfare-card holders will get free internet access via Prayutphones that are not vote-buying devices.
“IT IS OBVIOUSLY ELECTIONEERING.”
Veera Somkwamkid, activist, calls on the Election Commission to investigate a huge roadside billboard promoting Gen (Ret) Prayut as a post-election candidate for prime minister while all other election advertising is illegal.
“WE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO WAS BEHIND IT.” Pol Lt Col Ditthachart Korsanan, chief of the Ratchaburi Election Commission, on a billboard promoting Gen (Ret) Prayut as post-election prime minister.
“IT IS A MATTER OF INDIVIDUAL CONSCIENCE.” Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, core leader, Pheu Thai Party, refuses to say that Gen (Ret) Prayut should resign from government if he intends to take part in politics.
“PLEASE STOP IT.”
Cherprang Areekul, leader, BNK48 girl band, complains about indecent doctoring of her photos with a Photoshopped sex toy.