Thailand’s censure debate as told through song

Thailand’s coalition government will face questioning this week in an ongoing censure debate that will culminate in a vote of no confidence by parliament.

As the hearings continue, we here at Thai Enquirer thought it would be fun to match up key members of parliament with the correct songs!


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha – Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles)

Prime Minister Prayut has been the target of the debate for the last two days with questions asked of his management of government and personal finances.

The prime minister may be reeling from the fact that every single opposition MP frontbencher that has questioned him has asked him to resign.

What better song than Ray Charles’ classic ‘Hit the Road Jack’ to capture the mood.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak – C.R.E.A.M. (Wu-Tang Clan)

Somkid has been under pressure for nearly the entire time that he’s been in office with the Thai economy shrinking under his management, the baht strengthening, and consumer sentiment low.

He’s been grilled by the opposition and questioned by allies over his strategies and his plans for an economic corridor and Thailand 4.0 largely amounting to nothing.

Maybe when he’s home after a long day at the office, he puts on Wu Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M. and rues how capitalistic and money driven our society as become.

“Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me
Get the money
Dollar, dollar bill y’all”

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul – Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)

If Deputy Prime Minister Anutin is one thing, he’s a survivor and knows how to stay alive politically. The Public Health Minister has had a mixed bag for the last two months.

His response to the coronavirus outbreak has been criticized as was his decision to fly on his private plane to take control of the medical response to the shootings in Korat.

He’ll likely be grilled on both. On the other hand, he’s got a ton of marijuana and he’s delivered nine Future Forward defectors to the coalition.

“Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive”

Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt – Shut Up (Christina Aguilera)

This woman is just annoying. Seriously both her own party and the opposition aren’t fans.


New Economics Party MP Mingkwan Sangsuwan – Smooth (Carlos Santana)

The leader of the New Economics party was praised on Monday for his handling of his time slot. Mingkwan did not yell and did not shout when he accused the prime minister of poorly handling the country but calmly presented facts in an eloquent way.

So much so that his name was trending on Twitter late last night.

Former Future Forward MP Pita Limjaroenrat – ABC (The Jackson 5)

The interim leader of the Future Forward remnants is well educated. He went to Harvard and MIT. But he struggled in his first speech in public and struggled again last night to be eloquent and properly question the government.

Pita has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders now and he will need fast education in speechmaking and rhetoric if he is to capture public sentiment the way his predecessors did.

The defecting 9 MPs from Future Forward – Money (The Flying Lizards)

It seems money trumps principle for some.

“Your love is such a thrill
But your love won’t pay my bills
I want money
That’s what I want
That’s what I want
That’s what I want”

Former MP Piyabutr Saengkanokkul – Mr Brightside (The Killers)

The former secretary-general of FWP is no longer an MP. He has been banned from political office for ten years. To make matters worse, 9 people he helped to recruit have now defected and joined the government.

It must be killing him inside.

“Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head “

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