Intriguing Thaksin vs Honest Cancer [Part I]
( Last edit 2010-04-28 )
One of Thaksin's puppet politician, Samak Sundravej ex-PM of PPP died painfully of liver cancer in November 2009, about one year after found guilty of conflict of interests to the PM seat. Samak before taking up the PM post had been looking for a peaceful retirement from politics. However, his last job as a PM neither brought peace nor job satisfaction to Samak. Instead, the fugitive criminal puppeteer Thaksin brought Samak turmoils which prevented Samak from properly taking care of his own health, until it was too late to find the actual cause of chronic tummy ache. Samak Sundravej. Dying lonely without dignity, amidst the curses of Thai public and Thaksin's Pua Thai party who savagely betrayed him after the puppeteer, that was Thaksin's business as usual.
Now, it is Thaksin's turn. There have been rumours for over a year that Thaksin has a stage III prostate cancer. Through his blog and twitter, Thaksin has been categorically denying such illness, insisting that he is well with only some minor cholesterol problems. Through his facebook, for the past year, there have been series of photos of Thaksin in various countries with date and time intentionally too clearly printed to convince the public. But is it so?
Rumours are better confirmed when someone picked up signs of his illness on at least two occasions during video link campaign to the rallies of his red-shirt supporters. Definitely, the video showed Thaksin wearing a wig to cover his baldness. Thaksin's sideburns, the hair at the temporal areas in front of the ears evidently were missing. The background of the video more than twice appeared to be a thick curtain as usually found around any patient's beds in hospital rooms rather than in hotel suites for such billionaire Thaksin.
April 2009, last year, Thaksin was very vigorously instigating his follower red-shirts daily and nightly to follow with a ruthless smear that Abhisit's government had killed some red-shirts. But it is quite different this year. When the red -shirts stepped up their protest against the opposition Abhisit's government in March 2010, Thaksin became less and less seen on the video link. Only his voice was heard but it became rarer and more staggering. This year the red leaders have their twenty comrades's corpses to parade around the city as designed, whereas it was opposite in their violent campaign last April, 2009. The red core leaders claim that Thaksin wants to distant himself from the red-rallies to make their struggles clear from Thaksin's interests.
Though, his whereabout is uncertain, either in Dubai, Fiji, Brunei or Montenegro. After April 14, 2010, there have been louder rumours that Thaksin collapsed on his private jet, and required ICU treatment. The complication of chemotherapy, febrile neutropenia, was mentioned to be the cause. Some doctors from Thailand were flown to rescue Thaksin at a Dubai's Rachit hospital. Certainly, a lot of smoke screen is released to fuel the red-shirts' morales. In contrast, the rumours go on to the extent that Thaksin became comatosed and at the brink of brain death.
The Nation's article says
'Doctored' pictures fuel rumours Thaksin is ill
Social networks on the Net say the latest pictures of Thaksin Shinawatra are doctored - and that may mean the fugitive former PM is not in good health.
After days of rumours that he was in a critical condition or even dead, Thaksin posted the latest pictures on his website thaksinlives, saying he was fine and had travelled to many countries around the world.
Five photos show Thaksin in different attractive sites such as a beach, by the side of a road and at a Hindu temple in unspecified countries. Dates on the pics suggest they were taken last week, from April 17-22. Two purport to show him in Suva, the capital of Fiji.
However, many people who have seen them say his pictures have been doctored since composition, light and exposure in the photos does not appear to look natural.
A clock setting on one picture allegedly taken in Suva says 7.12am, but a faraway clock tower shows it is 11.15am, according to one blogger on oknation.net.
The light and shade in the pic showing Thaksin on a beach is also unnatural, a Net surfer at pantip.com said. Thaksin is seen standing with a brightly-lit beach in the background. To balance the foreground and background light, the photographer has used a flashlight, another surfer, who claimed to be a camera expert, argued.
"With such a technique you would see the light and shade in the picture was unnatural," Uhmm V2 said on pantip.com. "I'm not looking at the picture from a political perspective but from a technical point of view," he wrote.
Chatchawal Kupipat, an image technology scientist at Chulalongkorn University, said the beach picture was obviously doctored since the background and the object (Thaksin) were taken from different angles. "The object was taken from a high angle - above his head, while the background was [from a] lower angle - at sight level," he said. "I'm pretty sure it is a doctored picture."
Nattawut Saikua, a leader of the anti-government protesters, said he was on the phone with Thaksin yesterday afternoon and could confirm the for?mer premier was in good health.
"It is unnecessary to explain whether his pictures were doctored or not," he said. "They can spread all kinds of rumour. Even I was said to be seeking political asylum in the United States." The 'hate-Thaksin' group spread news of his failing health in order to lure Thaksin to relay a video to the anti-government red shirts so they could put the blame on him for provoking the mob, Nattawut said.
The rumour that Thaksin was seriously ill finally came to an end in the evening when AP published a set of photos showing Thaksin arriving in Montenegro.
Ronayos's comment: It is actally a never ending gambit as usual for intriguing fugitive criminal Thaksin. He definitely gets an advance prostate cancer (with spreading to several parts of the body) and suffering serious complications of chemotherapy, plus hair loss. Why the photos and videos intentionally released by the fugitive criminal Thaksin are untrustworthy, is to be continued on the next article.