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Book nerd PM: Prayut’s new image?

Submitted on Mon, 2019-06-17 22:12PrachataiAfter Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s recommendation of Animal Farm last month created a small wave of George Orwell fever sweeping through the Thai internet, last Tuesday (11 June), he also recommended that Thais read Aesop’s Fables for moral guidance. It appears that Gen Prayut is trying to create a new image for himself as an intellectual, bookish Prime Minister. Not only is he recommending books, he is also sporting a pair of glasses. Left: the letter from the Publishers and Booksellers Association of ThailandRight: Gen Prayut holding a copy of Aesop's Fables But this image seems to only be skin-deep. On Thursday (13 June), a number of publishers received a letter from the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand, asking them to send books to the Prime Minister so he can recommend them. The letter stated that because the Department of Cultural Promotion, Ministry of Culture, is organizing “the Prime Minister’s weekly book recommendation” activity in order to promote reading and to support the national strategy of developing human capital, the Association is asking publishers to send copies of books they would like Gen Prayut to recommend, along with a form containing the details and a summary of the book. The letter also listed the requirements for the book to be submitted: The book could be of any genre or type that is suitable to every age group. The content should be relevant to current situation, but not a political satire. The book should be about morals, ethics, and proper behaviour. The book should be inspirational and give hope in living. The book should promote determination in the face of obstacles. The book should promote the preservation of the environment. Many publishers spoke out against the request. Bodthajorn Publishing editor Warong Lupaiboon wrote on his Facebook page... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Book nerd PM: Prayut’s new image?, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Book nerd PM: Prayut’s new image?

 

 

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Published By: Prachatai - Monday, 17 June

 

 

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