A Letter From a Patriotic Thai to BBC regarding Jonathan Head
( Last edit 2009-06-09 )
Your Bangkok correspondent, Jonathan Head, has been busy interviewing repeatedly only Mr Jakrapob Penkair and publishing the interviews. As we Thais know, Mr Penkair has been working for Mr Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand who was ousted by a military coup on September 19, 2006. In the traditional view of the media in the western world, a military coup is taboo and branded as an uncivilized, unacceptable and undemocratic way of seizing power from a legitimate government formed by a proper parliamentary process, regardless of whether such a government has won the elections by vote-buying or election fraud, it is still legitimately a democratic regime to reckon with by Western standards. The landslide victory of the Thai Rak Thai Party in the early 2006 elections was a mirror image of how the late President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines had won his second term presidency in 1969. The world knew well that Marcos was the most fraudulent plunderer of the Philippines. The present Philippine government is still servicing the public debts of $25 billion made by Marcos 15 years ago.
Thaksin Shinawatra did everything equivalent to plagiary: his regime followed moduses operandi favoured by Marcos including despicable practices based on nepotism, cronyism, despotism, land grabbing, oligarchy, racketeering, human rights violation, extra-judicial killings, bribery, etc. Marcos' terrible deeds which damaged his country to almost the point of destruction are now an undeniable hard fact. We think every real democratic government in the world knows exactly what Thaksin did to Thailand during his term of office. But the media in the West were totally obsessed with their fixed notion that the military coup - no matter how justified its raison d’être - was unacceptable and undemocratic beyond any doubt.
We hope that by carefully reading this letter you would be able to think straight and unbiasedly and come to the conclusion that Thaksin has done everything to save his own skin with no concern for what happens to Thailand. You at the BBC must also know that just before the planned red-shirted street riots and destruction in Pattaya and Bangkok (at Thaksin's nightly urgings through phone-ins and video-links for the Red Shirts to gather all their wives and children together and descend upon Bangkok), Thaksin's own family members, including his ex-wife (by pretentious divorce) and all their three children as well as Thaksin's brothers and sisters, surreptitiously left Thailand with an enormous amount of baggage by air to different destinations.
At the time of the writing of this letter, Thaksin and his family members are now happily ensconced at his luxurious Dubai residence. Why did Thaksin's family decide to leave Bangkok to seek refuge in Dubai just prior to the bold red-shirted declaration of their uprising? The answer is simple: they were expecting Bangkok to plunge into civil chaos and bloody clashes in the streets would occur as had been instigated by Thaksin. But his plan to return to Bangkok in a triumphant procession as the supreme red-shirted leader had been just a pipe dream. Thaksin's cloud nine expectations for the success of bringing PM Abhisit to his knees failed to materialize because of Mr.Abhisit's effective non-violent dispersal of hostile demonstrators which set a fine example for the world to see. He has demonstrated to the world that non-violent tactics in subduing rioters in the streets is validly possible.
Incidentally, Jakrapob Penkair, one of Thaksin's most ardent henchmen, has proved himself a person who can easily sell his soul to any devil just for a fat cash reward and a baseless promise to make him an important figure in Thaksin's new administration. Jakrapob has been Thaksin's mouthpiece to whitewash the latter's image as he once served in Thaksin's administration before the coup. Jakrapob has evaded a police arrest warrant from Thailand to an undisclosed hiding place, possibly on nearby foreign soil. He was one of the red-shirted mob's core leaders who vehemently and vulgarly attacked Gen. Prem and PM Abhisit. It is beyond our comprehension why he is so fluent in such crude language since he is a well-educated son of a middle-class family. His father was a senior ranked RTAF officer who lived a comfortable life. It is incredible that people like him could be so easily hooked to Thaksin's power play. Well, high education is not always a guiding light for a man to choose a decent man to associate with!
Jakrapob's talks with your Bangkok-based correspondent, Jonathan Head, and correspondents of other media, about the planned armed uprising by Thaksin's rural supporters aimed at toppling the Abhisit administration reflects his political ambitions. The more he talks about the armed struggle against the present government, the deeper the grave Jakrapob digs for himself. The hatred Jakrapob holds against PM Abhisit Vejjajiva is obvious. On the many occasions that he took to the red-shirt rally stage, he never missed his cue in bombarding PM Abhisit with vulgar rhetoric, not to mention his role in attacking General Prem in front of the latter's official residence in Bangkok, using unbelievably crude language as if it were his natural mother tongue. We have observed a lot of Hyde Park-style political rhetoric in Bangkok but never have we heard such vulgarity as used by Jakrapob to criticize General Prem and PM Abhisit. We are totally at a loss to comprehend why BBC's Jonathan Head should give Jakrapob so much credit during far too many "exclusive" interviews. Do you still think Thaksin is a credible ex-PM of Thailand who has suffered from an unfair and undemocratic military coup that he supposedly did not deserve?
The Protectors of Thailand