Third of March have been set for the main event, “Brawling in Bangkok”, the election for the next Bangkok’s Governor.
In the blue corner, the incumbent champion Sukhumbhand Paribatra ‘SP’ have held the belt for the past 4 years and it is time for his mandatory bout. SP isn’t just a ‘Mr.’ like the rest of us, his official title is ‘Mom Rajawongse’ indicating that his ancestry can be traced back to a King, more importantly, SP is representing the ‘Democratic Party’ who is leading the opposition parties coalition. Democratic Party is the oldest political party in Thailand and had more than dominated Bangkok in the last general election.
On the other side of the ring, in the red corner, is the young challenger, Pongsapat Pongcharoen ‘PP’, again he isn’t known as a ‘Mr.’ either, his official title is Pol. Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen (deputy national police chief), and his training camp is the mighty ‘Pheu Thai’ party (leading the current administration coalition), one can only assume that his chief trainer is the self imposed exile Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra (our infamous ex-Prime Minister).
Again, at the end of the day it is all about choosing the ‘Party’, it is a common knowledge that the Democratic party ‘owns’ Bangkok and the South of Thailand, while the rest of the country are in the hands of the Pheu Thai Party. So for this fight it looks like SP aka the Democratic Party has the home advantage.
I’d guess it is the same everywhere, ‘public relations’ of each fighter counts for a lot over here, and without scientific evidence or poll to back up, but it looks like PP has a better head start in the public opinion arena.
I still feel people will choose the party each candidate is representing rather then their policies or charisma.
I am hoping the referees will behave with utmost honourable intent, and let it be a fair fight, certainly it could go either way. Even if I was a betting man I wouldn’t know which way to bet :) this time.
Just like ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, this is our version of it, ‘Brawling in Bangkok’ where the second favourite could just steal the show this time.