Bangkok Bombing – Here’s Why It Could Be Due To Internal Political War

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Aug 20 2015
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Going by everything that we know so far about the Bangkok deadly bombing, Thai junta Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha seems to be as clueless as everyone on the street about what has hit the city. The Chinese embassy in Bangkok has slammed the local media for blaming the attack on Thai government’s deportation of 109 Uyghur back to China last month.

Soldiers Carry China and Thailand Flags

Calling it “hugely irresponsible”, a spokeswoman for the Chinese embassy in Bangkok revealed that the Chinese ambassador was not in the city but had left for Beijing since early August before the attack, hence there’s little evidence to link the bloody bombing with Uyghur taking revenge on Chinese citizens.


Col Winthai Suvaree, a spokesman for the ruling military junta has now declared Monday’s bombing was “unlikely” to have been the work of an international terror group, and it was not specifically targeted at Chinese tourists. So, if the involvement of known terror group such as al-Qaeda or ISIS has been ruled out, who could be the culprits?

Thailand Bangkok Erawan Shrine Bombing - Sketch of Bomber - Event

There’s very little that the government of Prayuth Chan-ocha can offer for the time being. Police say that at least 10 people are suspected of involvement in the attack, which was planned at least 1-month in advance. They neither know the bombers nationality nor if they’re still in the country. Could the bombing have everything to do with the ruling military junta?


As a matter of fact, there have been over 20 bomb explosions reported between March 2014 and August 2015 – “after” General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army, launched a coup d’état, the 12th since the country’s first coup in 1932. There’s a similar pattern in this series of bombings.

Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha

First – all the bombs were home-made and weighed no more than 4-kilograms. Second – all the perpetrators escaped. Third – no one came forward to claim responsibility. If the trend persists, there would be more bombings moving forward. It’s not an exaggerate statement to suggest that all the bombings could be “targeted” at the ruling military junta.


After Yingluck Shinawatra was forcefully removed from power on May 22, 2014 after becoming Thailand’s first woman prime minister through a democratic process, General Prayut Chan-o-cha has essentially angered the Red Shirt supporters. When the general conveniently appointed himself prime minister, the disgruntled Red Shirt supporters couldn’t be angrier.

Thai Protesters with Three-Finger Salute - Imitate Katniss

When you thought the situation couldn’t be any more worse, the self-proclaimed prime minister postponed the general elections three times from 2015 to the following year, and drags his feet further by saying there’s “no hurry till 2017”. Obviously, General Prayut Chan-o-cha is enjoying his newly found power and wealth very much.


An estimated 83% or about 53 million Thai people live on less than 300 baht (US$8.50; RM35) a day. As the gap between the rich and poor is extraordinary huge, this provides hotbed for political protests and even bombings. Ousted prime minister and self-exile Thaksin Shinawatra, brother of Yingluck, is still very influential, especially the northern part of Thai.

Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra

Thaksin is also known to be very close to Crown Prince Maha Vajiralalongkorn, heir to the Thai throne. The 62-year-old playboy crown prince has multiple extramarital affairs in several European countries and seldom spends time with his wife and son in Thailand. Thaksin’s monetary support allows the womaniser enjoys his lifestyle.


In the event of the demise of the 88-year-old beloved King Bhumipol Adulyadej, Vajiralalongkorn will be the new king. But three senior members of Thailand’s powerful Privy Council, a group of advisers appointed by the King Bhumipol have great concern about the playboy crown prince’s reputation.

Thai King Bhumipol - Crown Prince Maha Vajiralalongkorn - Queen Sirikit

Being the only son to the Thai King, Vajiralalongkorn is 99% to succeed his father. Still, there’re still factors which could justify the crown prince’s ineligibility, such as inability to stay out of politics or demonstrate behaviour embarrassing to the monarchy institution. Nonetheless, many think the day the crown prince is installed will also be the day Thaksin returns to Thailand.


Hence, could the multiple bombings, including the latest at the four-faced Buddha shrine at Erawan, part of Thaksin and his Red Shirt supporters’ master plan to weaken the self-proclaimed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha? Thaksin should be smart enough to know that there’s no guarantee that he could recoup his investment after spending so much on the playboy crown prince.

Thaksin Shinawatra and Yingluck Shinawatra Red Shirt Supporters

Prayut Chan-o-cha can still remain as the kingdom’s prime minister by making the weak and ignorant “King Vajiralalongkorn” his puppet. Heck, by feeding the new king with free flow of women, the prime minister could become the most powerful person in Thailand. By hook or by crook, the present prime minister must be routed by the Red Shirt soldiers.


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