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Go Chadchart, Go!

How did a rather innocuous government minister morph into an internet sensation that has now spilled over into the real world?

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  • Writer: Kaona Pongpipat & Amornrat Mahithirook
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Clad in a sleeveless shirt and shorts, the man walked barefoot to give alms to the monks early one morning. In his hand was a plastic bag, his face expressionless as though the idea of putting on a pair of flip-flops was as unthinkable as putting on an overcoat on a hot sunny day. 

“Chadchart takes the lead in the fashion world.”

Not exactly an unusual sight. A lot of people give alms to monks on a regular basis and some do so barefoot. But that man in the sleeveless shirt was caretaker Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt and a photograph, capturing that serene instant, found its way online and went viral. So began the strange, totally unprecedented process whereby a Cabinet member was transformed into an internet sensation, then morphed into a character in a mobile-phone game and, earlier this week, reincarnated as an action figure.

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