Army chief recommends listening to an old Thai song ‘Kilet Manoot’
According to an informed army source, Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has recommended that his aides and acquaintances listen to an old Thai song called “Kilet Manoot” or (Human Defilement) which, he said, fits the current political situation as politicians squabble over cabinet seats.
The essential translated message of the song, sung by Thanin Intharathep, is that, rich or poor, human behavior, good or bad, reflects one’s background and upbringing. While steel and diamonds are strong, they can be changed by the power of money and being a “kiss-ass” can make even salt taste sweet, but he who has the longest arm will reap the benefits.
Earlier in February, General Apirat suggested Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, Pheu Thai party’s chief election strategist, should listen to the 1970s right-wing political song “Nak Paendin” (Burden of the Land), and ordered army-run radio stations to air the song in retaliation for her suggestion that, if the Pheu Thai party is in government, it will propose a 10% cut in the defence budget and scrap conscription.
It is unclear which party’s politicians the army chief would like to tune to the song “Kilet Manoot”, but the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party is fielding seemingly endless demands for cabinet seats from those in the party and coalition who feel they are being marginalized.