Tongue-Thai’ed! Part IV: Korbsak and the red menace (UPDATED)
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Tongue-Thai’ed! Part IV: Korbsak and the red menace (UPDATED)

By Saksith Saiyasombut

“Tongue-Thai’ed!” is the new segment on Siam Voices, where we encapsulate the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here.


Democrat Party campaign strategist Korbsak Sabhavasu (Picture by The Official Site of The Prime Minister of Thailand Photo, licensed under CC)

Korbsak Sabhavasu, former secretary-general of the PM, now main campaign strategist for Democrat Party has recently tweeted this:

Alright, a lot of things to untwine in these 140 characters: First, was the original tweet by Korbsak referring to the failed doomsday prediction by an American Christian radio host. Second, was the reply by our most beloved ‘columnist’/twitter preacher Thanong Khanthong, who asked if the actual doomsday would occur on July 3, the date of the Thai elections.

And last, the verbal coup de tête, comes from Korbsak again who hints that doomsday “depends on who win, the reds or Thailand?” Apparently, he thinks that Thailand will descend into a biblical chaos if the opposition Pheu Thai Party wins and the red shirts take over the Kingdom, because (in his view it looks like) they stand for everything that is not this country and will turn it upside down!

That begs the question though: What is Thailand? And what is Thailand for Korbsak?

UPDATE: Al Jazeera‘s Wayne Hay has at the Democrat Party HQ today and also asked Korbsak about that tweet. The response:

Erm, yes…just a joke…!

A lot of stupid things will be said during the election campaign in the coming months. If you come across any verbosities that you think might fit in here send us a email at siamvoices [at] or tweet us @siamvoices.

Saksith Saiyasombut is a Thai blogger and journalist still based in Hamburg, Germany. He can be followed on Twitter @Saksith.