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Gen (Ret) Prayut has performed an almost perfect military 'advance to the rear' but the cybersecurity bill is too tempting to abandon. (Photo provided)
Gen (Ret) Prayut has performed an almost perfect military 'advance to the rear' but the cybersecurity bill is too tempting to abandon. (Photo provided)

In the week the general prime minister saw Trump's Twitter bet and raised him by 400%, he did something even more political. He stopped the march to enactment of the Cybersecurity Act in its tracks.

Gen (Ret) Prayut performed an almost perfect military "advance to the rear" (English translation: retreat). He didn't arrest anyone or even order subordinates to invite opponents of the Act for a 3am cup of coffee. And where Trump has Twitter, the general prime minister has Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and his own website.

Comparisons are never perfect but the way the Cybersecurity Act was introduced and pushed, and the way the Act was suddenly halted in its tracks last Wednesday was more than a little similar to the scary Halloween night of 2013. That's when Pheu Thai's most obstreperous hard core almost pushed through an amnesty bill aimed specifically at whitewashing every fault and felony of The Evil One.

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Alan Dawson

Online Reporter / Sub-Editor

A Canadian by birth. Former Saigon's UPI bureau chief. Drafted into the American Armed Forces. He has survived eleven wars and innumerable coups. A walking encyclopedia of knowledge.


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