"Be united" song is "Not be united" song critics say

"Be united" song is "Not be united" song critics say

(Source: YouTube)
(Source: YouTube)

Song urges Northerners to "not be fooled & manipulated by anyone" while "southern people love democracy & freedom" according to the song.


"Be united" song actually "Not be united" song say critics 

Mongkol Bangprapa

The Election Commission (EC) released a referendum song on YouTube earlier this month

The title of the folk-style song is "On August 7, Be United in Referendum for Secured Democracy."


The song has sparked heated criticism for being divisive rather than unifying.

Critics say the song does not actually encourage Thai citizens to "be united" as the song title urges

The song was reposted to the Freedom Thailand YouTube channel on Tuesday and drew strong comments with the like/dislike ratio on Thursday morning at 1 like to 17 dislikes.

The Election Commission (EC), however, brushed off the criticism.

Beautiful & handsome singers please listeners. (Source: YouTube)

Last month, a folk song sponsored by the Charter Drafting Committee (CDC) that aimed to boost public interest in the draft constitution also drew criticism from social activists.

Activists said the song failed to reflect the substance of the issues addressed in the draft constitution.

The sort of impromptu three person music group that has become more popular in the north in recent years (Source: YouTube)


The song urges people in the North to "not be fooled and manipulated by anyone" when they cast their votes.

One part of the song suggests northeastern people must use their conscience to consider the contents of the draft charter and not let anybody deceive them.

The election commissioners themselves also make an appearance in the video (Source: YouTube).

Another part of the song emphasizes that people in the north must not allow anyone to dictate what choice they make.

Instead, they should study the contents of the draft constitution in-depth themselves.

Another part of the song, however, indicates that southern people love democracy and freedom.

The South is the long-time political stronghold of the Democrat Party, the arch-rival of the Pheu Thai party from which the junta seized power in a coup on May 22, 2014.

The Pi (ปี่) or quadruple reed oboe used in the traditional music of Thailand. (Source: YouTube)


The song has drawn the ire of some academics and politicians, who said it is insulting to people in the North and Northeast.

Both regions are political strongholds of the Pheu Thai Party.

Speaking out against the EC's song, Somkid Cheukong, a former Pheu Thai MP for Ubon Ratchathani, said the song contains negative content regarding people in the North and Northeast.

They are looked down upon for being "stupid" for being led by others in how to vote while the song also caused divisions between different regions of the country, he said.

However, he also said that he doubted that the people behind this song were prejudiced against northern and northeastern people, but added that the EC should review the song's contents before it causes dissatisfaction among people in the two regions.

UDD co-leader Nattawut Saikuar said that he would release on Thursday his own referendum song, which he wrote and sang himself.

The full Thai orchestra joins in the finale (Source: YouTube)


EC member Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said the EC members have not convened to discuss the criticism, but in his personal view, the song does not have content which is deemed to insult people in any region.

The songwriter has also insisted he had no intention of insulting anyone.

Mr Somchai said people are sometimes too sensitive and pay attention to trivial issues.


The EC however is zeroing in on another song in a video clip which was posted on a Facebook page.

The video clip is being criticised for using rude words and influencing people in how to vote in the referendum.

Mr Somchai said the EC has assigned its working team to study whether the song has violated laws and the results are expected within a week.

He warned people seen in the clip to notify police if they had posted it before the Referendum Act took effect, or else they would risk being charged with violating the law.

People should not share the video clip, he also warned, so it cannot be included here.

The EC is in the process of gathering information and if people are found to have committed offences, the information will be sent to police to proceed with prosecution, Mr Somchai said.


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  • academic: someone who teaches at a college, or who studies as part of their job - นักวิชาการ
  • activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม
  • actually: used for stressing what is really true or what really happened - ตามความเป็นจริง
  • aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
  • arch-rival: main opponent; most important competitor - คู่แข่งคนสำคัญ
  • assign: to give someone a job to do - มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
  • boost: to increase - เพิ่ม
  • brushed off: refused to listen to someone, or to accept that something might be true or important - ไม่ยอมรับฟัง
  • cast: (of a vote) to vote by putting marking your voting paper (ballot) and putting it in the ballot box - ลงคะแนน
  • channel (noun): TV channel - ช่อง, ช่องโทรทัศน์
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • charter: a constitution - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • comment (noun): expressing an opinion - การแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • commit: to do something wrong or illegal - ทำความผิด
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • conscience: the part of your mind that tells you whether your actions are right or wrong - สัมปชัญญะ
  • consider: to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา
  • constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • content (noun): the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing, radio or television programme, computer software, etc., deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ
  • controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
  • convened: gathered for a meeting - เข้าชุมนุม ที่มาชุมนุม
  • coup: the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร
  • critic: a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly - ผู้วิจารณ์, ผู้จับผิด, ผู้วิเคราะห์
  • criticised: receiving words of disapproval over something that you have supposedly done wrong - ถูกวิจารณ์, โดนว่า
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • deceive: to persuade someone that something false is the truth - หลอก
  • deemed: considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
  • dictate: to tell someone exactly what to do and how to behave - บงการ สั่งการ
  • dissatisfaction: a feeling that you are not pleased and satisfied - ความไม่พอใจ, ความขุ่นเคือง
  • division: a disagreement between people, especially between people who belong to the same group - การแตกร้าว, การแบ่งแยก
  • divisive: likely to cause arguments between people - อันจะก่อให้เกิดความแตกแยก
  • doubt (verb): to think that something is probably not true, that it probably won't happen or that it probably does not exist - สงสัย
  • draft: to write a document, plan, etc. that may be changed before it is finally accepted - ร่าง
  • draft: written for consideration, but not yet in its final form - ฉบับร่าง
  • drew (past of draw): attracted - ดึงดูด
  • Election Commission (EC) (noun): the independent government agency that oversees elections - คณะกรรมการเลือกตั้ง
  • encourage: to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen - ปลุกใจ
  • folk song: the old style of music performed by ordinary people in a country or region of a country - ดนตรีพื้นเมือง
  • fool: to trick somebody into believing something that is not true - หลอกลวง, ลวงให้เข้าใจผิด
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • freedom: being free to do what you want and go where you want - อิสรภาพ, เสรีภาพ
  • heated: angry - โกรธ, ฉุนเฉียว
  • in the process of: currently working on .... -
  • in-depth (adjective): thorough and detailed; going deeply into some issue or subject and looking at the details - ลึกซึ้ง
  • indicate: to show that something is true, exists or will happen - แสดง, ให้สัญญาณ
  • influence: to affect or change how someone or something develops, behaves or thinks - มีอิทธิพลต่อ, ชักจูง อำนาจบังคับ
  • insult: to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive - พูดแดกดัน, พูดจาบจ้วง
  • insulting: rude or offensive - อย่างดูถูกดูแคลน
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • ire: anger - ความกริ้วโกรธ, ความโมโห
  • issue: matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น
  • junta: a group of military officers that governs a country, usually without having been elected - รัฐบาลทหาร
  • looked down upon: failed to give people respect - ดูถูก
  • manipulate: to control something or someone to your advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly - ชักใย
  • negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ
  • notify: to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง
  • offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
  • party: an organized group of people who have similar ideas about the way in which a country should be governed, and who work together to try to persuade people to vote for them in elections - พรรค การเมือง
  • pay attention: to watch, listen to, or consider something or someone very carefully - เอาใจใส่, สนใจ
  • personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว
  • power (noun): political control of a country or an area; having a lot of influence and authority to control people and situations - อำนาจ
  • prejudice: an unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially the feeling of not liking a particular groups of people - ความมีอคติ
  • proceed: to carry out an activity - ดำเนินการ
  • prosecution: the process of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them - การดำเนินคดีตามกฎหมาย
  • public: the public; all people; the people in general - มหาชน, ประชาชน
  • ratio (noun): the relationship between two numbers or amounts, one number over another number, proportion, fraction - อัตราส่วน, สัดส่วน, อัตราเปรียบเทียบ
  • referendum: an occasion when all the people of a country can vote on an important issue - การลงประชามติ
  • reflect: to show - สะท้อน แสดงถึง
  • region: a large area of land or space, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • remain (verb): to stay in the same place; to not leave - ยังอยู่, พักอยู่, รออยู่
  • results (noun): what you get in the end when activity is completed (test results, research results, etc) - ผล
  • secure: safe from attack or harm - ปลอดภัย
  • sensitive: easily upset by the things people say or do - รับความรู้สึกได้ง่าย
  • social (adjective): related to society, to people and the way they are connected to each other and interact with each other - เกี่ยวกับสังคม
  • spark: to make something happen, especially something bad - ก่อให้เกิด
  • speaking out: stating your opinions publicly, especially in opposition to something and in a way that takes courage - เปิดปาก
  • sponsor: to support a person, organization or activity by giving money, encouragement or other help - อุปถัมภ์, สนับสนุน
  • stronghold: bastion; an area where there is a lot of support for a political party  - ฐานเสียง, ฐานที่มั่น, ขุมกำลัง
  • substance: based on accurate  or true information - มีมูล
  • suggest: to show that something is possibly true - ชวนคิด
  • title (noun): a name, especially of a book, a move, an event or award - ชื่อเรื่อง, ชื่อหนังสือ, ชื่อเรียก
  • trivial: having little value or importance; of a problem that is easy to solve - ไม่สำคัญ, เล็กๆ น้อยๆ
  • united: in agreement and working together - เป็นหนึ่งเดียว, มีเอกภาพ
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • video clip (noun): a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ
  • view: a personal opinion, belief, or attitude about a particular situation or subject - ความคิดเห็น
  • violate: to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
  • zeroing in on: focusing or concentrating on something - มุ่ง เล็งไปที่
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