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Thailand Bids Farewell to Thawee Kraikupt: Remembering the Political Titan of Ratchaburi

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Imagine, if you will, a man whose life was as vibrant as the intricate tapestries of Ratchaburi province itself – this was Thawee Kraikupt. A luminary in his own right, Thawee’s journey came to an untimely pause on April 10, marking the end of an era. The cause? A tragic tumble within the walls of his abode, a cruel twist of fate that led him to the hospital with a grievous head injury.

The Kraikupt homestead in the picturesque district of Photharam, Ratchaburi, is swathed in an air of solemnity as preparations for the funeral rites of this esteemed figure unfold. An announcement made by the Kraikupt family on a somber Friday confirmed that their residence would play host to these final rites, a fitting farewell to a man of Thawee’s stature.

But who was Thawee, you ask? A titan of politics, Thawee’s story begins not in the corridors of power, but on the bustling streets of Bangkok as a member of the Bangkok Metropolitan Council in 1975. His political tapestry was rich and colorful; by 1979, he decided to weave his legacy within the heart of Ratchaburi as an MP candidate. It wasn’t long before victory courted him, ushering in the first of seven terms as a member of the House of Representatives for Ratchaburi province. His charm, vision, and steadfast dedication to the people of Ratchaburi ensured his place in their hearts for nearly two decades, until 1996.

Thawee’s odyssey through Thailand’s political landscape was marked by his remarkable stints as the deputy commerce minister in 1981 under the Prem Tinsulanonda government, followed by a pivotal role as the deputy transport minister in 1992 during the Chuan Leekpai administration. In these roles, Thawee wasn’t just a politician; he was a visionary, a bridge-builder, shaping the future of commerce and transport in Thailand.

However, Thawee’s legacy is not confined to the annals of Thai politics alone. He was also the progenitor of a political lineage, being the father to Pareena Kraikupt, a formidable figure in her own right as a former MP of the Palang Pracharath Party. Together, they exemplify a family’s dedication to serving their country and people, a testament to Thawee’s enduring influence.

As Ratchaburi and indeed, Thailand, prepare to bid farewell to Thawee Kraikupt, it’s a moment to reflect on the indelible mark he has left on the political and social fabric of the country. His journey was more than just a series of political victories; it was a story of resilience, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to the greater good. Thawee Kraikupt may have departed, but his legacy will continue to inspire, a beacon for future generations navigating the intricate dance of Thai politics and governance.


  1. ThaiPatriot101 April 20, 2024

    A truly somber moment for Thailand. Thawee Kraikupt was more than a politician; he was a visionary who deeply cared for Ratchaburi and its people. His legacy will surely be remembered. My deepest condolences to his family.

    • Realist_Thinker April 20, 2024

      Visionary? Care to elaborate on that? His term was marked by controversies and his family’s political stance has always been divisive.

      • ThaiPatriot101 April 20, 2024

        By visionary, I mean his efforts in improving commerce and transport during his tenure. Those controversies you’re talking about are political noise — all politicians have them.

      • Sceptic01 April 20, 2024

        Interesting how quickly we glorify politicians after they pass. His contributions were significant, but let’s not forget the controversies that surrounded his and his family’s political careers.

    • ChangeWatcher April 20, 2024

      I think it’s important to separate the politician from the person. Regardless of political differences, a family lost a loved one. Condolences to them is the least we can offer.

  2. RatchaburiLocal April 20, 2024

    Thawee did a lot for Ratchaburi, more than most realize. His death is a big loss for us here. Politics aside, he was a familiar face to many and actively involved in community projects.

    • BangkokObserver April 20, 2024

      That’s the first I’ve heard of his involvement in community projects. Most of what hits the news is political maneuvering. Would be nice to hear more about his contributions on the ground.

      • RatchaburiLocal April 20, 2024

        There’s a lot that doesn’t make it to the national news. He was involved in several initiatives, from local markets to infrastructure improvements. Not everyone saw eye to eye with him, but his efforts here were tangible.

  3. HistoryBuff88 April 20, 2024

    It’s fascinating to observe the dynastic nature of Thai politics. The Kraikupt family, like many in Thai politics, exemplifies how political influence and legacy are passed down. Wonder how Pareena will carry forward her father’s legacy.

    • PolSciJunkie April 20, 2024

      Good point. Political dynasties are a double-edged sword, though. While they may bring continuity and experience, they can also hinder fresh ideas and perpetuate the status quo. It’s a tricky balance.

    • DemocracyAdvocate April 20, 2024

      This is precisely why we need more avenues for common people to enter politics. Dynasties can sometimes create a sense of entitlement and disconnect from the real issues facing everyday citizens.

  4. PareenaSupporter April 20, 2024

    Sad to see so many negative comments about Thawee. He and Pareena have done more for Thailand than many politicians. Their dedication should be celebrated, not criticized during these times.

    • CriticalThinker April 20, 2024

      It’s not about criticizing in times of mourning; it’s about acknowledging the full picture. Politicians impact people’s lives in significant ways, and it’s fair to discuss the entirety of someone’s legacy.

      • PareenaSupporter April 20, 2024

        Understandable, but there’s a time for criticism and a time for mourning. Perhaps now we should focus on condoling with those who’ve lost a family member.

  5. NeutralObserver April 20, 2024

    Reading through these comments, it’s clear Thawee Kraikupt was a complex figure. His contributions and controversies will likely be debated for some time. It’s a reminder of the multifaceted nature of any public figure’s legacy.

    • OpenMinded April 20, 2024

      True, it’s rare for public figures to have a black-and-white legacy. His impact, like that of many others, is a shade of gray that prompts a lot of reflection and debate.

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