การเมือง

All posts tagged การเมือง

PM defends role for Kunplomes

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343354

PM defends role for Kunplomes

politics April 18, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

SAYS THEIR APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNMENT ADVISERS WAS MADE TO GET POLITICAL GUIDANCE

PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday downplayed the appointment of two politician brothers from the influential Kunplome family as government advisers.

Prayut said he needed politicians to advise him on political affairs but denied the appointment was for his own benefit.

The Cabinet yesterday appointed Phalang Chon Party leader Sontaya Kunplome as an adviser to the prime minister and his younger brother Ittipol an adviser to Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat. The appointments were effective immediately.

The Kunplome family is influential in the eastern seaboard region, especially Chon Buri. In early 2000, Sontaya served as science and technology minister, and also tourism and sports minister. Ittipol is the former mayor of Pattaya City, a special administrative area in Chon Buri province.

The father of the Kunplome brothers, Somchai, formerly one of the most influential figures in the eastern seaboard, is serving jail time for masterminding the murder of a local politician.

Prayut yesterday said he needed some politicians around during the run-up to the election to help him better understand politics.

“I don’t mean to bring [Sontaya] here for my personal interest. I need someone who knows about politics to give me advice because I don’t know how politics works. But I do need to know something,” Prayut said after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

The move is seen to be politically significant. In the past month, Somkid Jatusripitak, the chief of the junta’s economic team, has allegedly been consolidating power by wooing former members of the House of Representatives from different political parties to join a new pro-junta party.

The party reportedly is to be led by Somkid’s close aides, Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana and Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong. It is likely to be launched in June and is expected to back Prayut to return as a head of the government after the next election which is expected to be held next year.

Phalang Chon adviser Charoon Ngampichet yesterday did not rule out the possibility of the party banding together with a pro-military party after the election.

“It’s a matter for the future. If the opportunity is really offered, we’ll have to consider whether it’s appropriate,” he said.

Charoon welcomed the presence of key Phalang Chon members in the government.

Uttama admitted yesterday that preparations were being made for a pro-Prayut party. He said he had discussed the matter with Somkid and Sontirat, although “no conclusions have been reached”.

“Personally I support General Prayut if he wants to continue working for the country. He is suitable for the job,” Uttama said.

In a related development, Prayut said yesterday that authorities are trying to determine whether a planned gathering of politicians from the Pheu Thai Party at a golf course in Nakhon Pathom constitutes a violation of the junta ban on political activities.

According to media reports, a group of key Pheu Thai figures plan to have lunch and play golf with politicians from the Sasomsap family, which owns the golf course.

Prayut, who also heads the ruling junta – the National Council for Peace and Order – said he did not know whether such a meeting constituted a violation of the NCPO order prohibiting political activities. “The authorities involved are looking into the matter,” he said.

The PM added that authorities were also looking into cases in which politicians visited local residents in different areas.. “We will see if the order was violated. The order states clearly what can be done and what cannot,” he said.

The four brothers from the Sasomsap family are well-known, influential politicians in Nakhon Pathom. Two of them became Cabinet members in previous administrations and lead a faction within the Pheu Thai Party.

Prayut and certain other figures from the ruling junta were photographed with the Sasomsap brothers after playing a round at the golf course last year.

Advertisements

Prawit denies having health problems, asks ‘Why all the fuss?’

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343341

Prawit denies having health problems, asks ‘Why all the fuss?’

politics April 17, 2018 17:38

By The Nation

Deputy Premier and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Tuesday denied having health problems.

 

“I am not ill, as you can see now,” said Prawit, who is in charge of the government’s security affairs.

During the long Songkran holidays, there had been media reports, quoting Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, that his deputy was ill and had received treatment for heart disease.

Prawit was playfully asked by a Government House reporter to flex a muscle in order to show that he remained fit.

He declined to do so and responded: “Why all the fuss?”

Authorities checking if Pheu Thai politicians’ planned meet at golf course violates junta ban: Prayut

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343323

File photo : Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha
File photo : Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha

Authorities checking if Pheu Thai politicians’ planned meet at golf course violates junta ban: Prayut

politics April 17, 2018 16:34

By The Nation

Authorities are trying to determine whether a planned gathering of politicians from the Pheu Thai Party at a golf course in Nakhon Pathom constitutes a violation of the junta ban on political activities, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday.

According to media reports, a group of key Pheu Thai figures plan to have lunch and play golf with politicians from the Sasomsap family, which owns the golf course.

Prayut, who also heads the ruling junta – the National Council for Peace and Order – said he did not know whether such a meeting constituted a violation of the NCPO order prohibiting political activities.

“The authorities involved are looking into the matter,” he said.

The PM added that authorities were also looking into cases in which politicians visited local residents in different areas.

“We will see if the order was violated. The order states clearly what can be done and what cannot. Be careful. Don’t violate the law,” he said.

Four brothers from the Sasomsap family are well-known, influential politicians in Nakhon Pathom.

Two of them became Cabinet members in previous administrations and lead a faction within the Pheu Thai Party.

Prayut and certain other figures from the ruling junta were photographed with the Sasomsap brothers after playing a round at the golf course last year.

Abhisit concerned over junta seeking to attract political party members to serve its interests

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343276

Abhisit concerned over junta seeking to attract political party members to serve its interests

politics April 17, 2018 07:00

By The Nation

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday criticised the ruling junta for “offering rewards” to attract political party members with a view to serving its own interests, after an ex-MP resigned from the party’s ranks to serve as deputy Bangkok governor.

“It could create a misuse of power and corruption,” Abhisit said. “I believe that working for a certain entity with a clear stance should be more politically sustainable than having to always run around for power.”

The former prime minister was speaking after Sakoltee Phattiyakul last week left the Democrats to serve in a senior capacity at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

Sakoltee, who is also a key figure in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, reportedly met with Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak before taking the decision.

“He met me a day before getting the position at the BMA. I told him to resign [from the party] beforehand, which I think he intended to do,” Abhisit said.

“The [military-led] government has rarely brought political figures into its circle. For this case, however, we should wait and see whether Sakoltee leaves the party to perform justly or to join other parties,” he added.

Somkid, who has declared his support for PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha to continue in power by becoming the next premier after a general election, is also subject to speculation that he will set up, or at least back, a pro-Prayut party to contest in the national poll.

While Somkid’s tentative establishment of a party would not break any law, Abhisit said that in his opinion it would still run counter to the will of the Constitution, which is to prevent the ruling authority from benefiting from the holding of an election.

New Moderate Party to push tech agenda

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343274

New Moderate Party to push tech agenda

politics April 17, 2018 06:00

By KAS CHANWANPEN
THE NATION

WHILE A few major industries in Thailand have already been disrupted by new technologies, politics may be the next in line to be impacted as a new tech-savvy party, the “Moderate Party”, aims to introduce “liquid democracy” to the country.

Chumpol Krootkaew, founder of the Moderate Party or “Klang Party”, wants to utilise new technology to ensure genuine public participation in political decision-making. He said he was inspired by the direct democracy of the ancient Greeks.

Chumpol is a former executive and researcher at the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec).

“Everyone can be a politician now if politics is about making decisions,” he said. “We have more than enough technology today to allow people to do just that.” And while blockchain technology has been the focus of recent advocates of digital democracy, Chumpol said there are other options too.

Offering an alternative to traditional parties amid deep divisions and widespread public cynicism, Chumpol said the Moderate Party would focus on “liquid democracy”.

“In the past, when societies did not have too many people, matters were discussed and decided directly by the people. That’s direct democracy. But now, with technology, we can do even better than that. And it’s called ‘liquid democracy’,” he explained.

People could make up their own minds about an issue using a computer or a mobile application, like they do a financial transaction, Chumpol said.

But the best part, he said, is that technology offers them the opportunity to go beyond just making a direct decision.

“It is about how people could entrust different experts to make a decision for them on different issues. And if that doesn’t work out, they can choose another person anytime. That’s how it’s ‘liquid’. Like liquid [financial] assets, it offers great liquidity,” he said. “MPs wouldn’t be able to monopolise the decision-making for four years.”

In a country where the representative system has been disrupted, Chumpol agreed the practice could be the future of democracy. However, he believes that technology and MPs could still work together.

For example, if the system was in place, “MPs could communicate with their voters to gauge their response on each issue. They can conduct their own referendum before voting in Parliament.”

Chumpol is now awaiting approval from the Election Commission for his new party.

Activists detained before making mocking visit to Prawit’s house

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343271

Activists detained before making mocking visit to Prawit’s house

politics April 17, 2018 05:00

By THE NATION

TWO PRO-DEMOCRACY activists were apprehended by police without an arrest warrant, with one alleging physical abuse, as they planned to “bless” Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who opened his residence yesterday to receive well-wishers for the Songkran Festival.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha splashed water around cheerfully as he led military and senior officers to bless the 72-year-old key junta figure who had just returned from an overseas trip last week after a health check-up.

Activists Ekachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paiboonratchata also intended to join the festivities but were stopped by police officers from Lat Phrao Police Station.

Chokchai felt a sudden hearing loss after one police officer pressed his head against a police van seat, as they whisked him away from Ekachai’s house in Lat Phrao Soi 109. According to Ekachai’s Facebook post, their plan was to light 36 incense sticks, deliver a watch garland and play the Thai fiddle for Prawit at his residence in Lat Phrao Soi 71 yesterday.

All the deeds were intended to mock Prawit over his luxury-watch scandal. His possession of an estimated Bt30-million worth of luxury watches might have pointed to unusual wealth and an intent to conceal assets but the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) declared that it had found “no irregularity” in the case.

The NACC, whose board was appointed by junta-picked legislators, last month cleared Prawit’s name and concluded that all 22 watches seen to be worn by Prawit were “borrowed” from a friend.

The 36 incense sticks were intended to mock the government’s superstitious beliefs. In February, the same number of incense sticks were found burnt in front of the PM’s office. Government House officers were ordered to find the “wrongdoers”, who they suspected had performed rituals to bring bad luck to the government.

The fiddle playing, meanwhile, was to harp on the Thai idiom, “playing a fiddle to a buffalo”, which means to speak or advise unwise people who will never understand.

Ekachai has made several attempts in the past to hand watches to Prawit as a symbolic protest since the scandal was exposed last December. Yesterday proved no exception and he failed to reach Prawit. Ekachai and Chokchai were stopped by officers as early as 5.45am.

While police officers said that they had to stop Chokchai as he tried to run away, creating a scene, the two activists denied the account. “They [officers] said that ‘a boss’ had ordered them to stop our activity,” Ekachai said.

“When I was at the police station, they tried to make me sign a testimony saying that I instigated the public to join me. I refused to sign it as I was worried about it being used for sedition charges,” he continued, referring to the Criminal Code’s Article 116, a law frequently used by the junta against dissidents.

Chokchai added that he was also abused and physically assaulted by the police officers. “I was surrounded by around 10 officers when I waited for Ekachai at a bus stop near his house,” Chokchai said. “They pressed me against the floor, covered my head and brought me to the van. They also took away my mobile phone, which I use to access my Facebook account, and erased all photos in it before returning it to me,” he said.

Chokchai added that he had his head forcibly pressed during the 30-minute ride and one officer also sat on his back. “I was treated brutally. My ear also appeared to have a problem after being pressed down for so long,” he said.

At 11am, the two were released from Hua Mark Police Station without being charged. Chokchai later went to hospital to have his ear checked. He insisted on filing charges alleging abuse by the officers.

Activist Nutta Mahattana said while the two merely intended to peacefully exercise their freedom to express their views over Prawit’s scandal, what the police had done was wrong. “The police surrendered themselves as a tool of the junta. This is no different from mafia culture,” she said. “We’ve been under this kind of regime for four years already.”

Digital democracy the way forward?

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343268

Digital democracy the way forward?

politics April 17, 2018 04:00

By JINTANA PANYAARVUDH
THE NATION

Experts believe blockchain technology can end election fraud and save money

BLOCKCHAIN and other digital-age technologies, which have played a vital role in the economy and people’s lives, are now bringing new benefits to politics and the electoral process.

Tech gurus and academics are urging authorities to use the blockchain technology, best known as the software underlying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, in managing the voting system for greater participation and usherin in a new era of “digital democracy”.

Voting has been identified as one of the 10 major activities and sectors that blockchain will permanently disrupt.

Gurus suggest the voting system currently used for various elections makes “little sense in our mobile, connected society”, while applying blockchain technology has the potential to eliminate voter fraud, provide a clearer record of the votes cast and prevent rigged elections.

Connecting the technology with politics would help raise awareness of election issues and the election itself, said Yuttaporn Issarachai, a political science lecturer at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University.

Instead of travelling to a polling station, blockchain would allow voters to cast their votes via websites or mobile applications, he added.

The technology “will help promote ‘digital democracy’ or ‘tele-democracy’,” said Yuttaporn. Blockchain has become an acceptable technology in many countries and its adoption has become a global trend that Thailand could not afford to miss, he said.

Blockchain enthusiast Arnat Leemakdej, a professor at Thammasat Business School, said the technology could help prevent election fraud.

“Offering such a convenient way [to cast their votes], is likely to increase voter turnout. Perpetrating an election fraud would cost a huge amount of money because of the large number of voters,” he said.

“We can make sure that those who are voting are who they claim to be and are legally allowed to vote,” he added.

The technology could help create transparency, Arnat said, and blockchain’s audit trail would keep track of votes while allowing anyone to verify that no votes were tampered with. Authentication could be done by one-time verification, with voters’ identities stored in the system via encrypted passwords.

He singled out a blockchain-based network called “Ethereum”, a public and open-source distributed computing platform, which provides a solution to storing and processing cast votes.

“It is very difficult to hack the result, because you would have to hack more than 50 per cent of one million computers to change the results,” he added.

It would save money, too. Government could pay a service fee of around Bt15 per voter to the platform, Arnat said. That compares favourably with the last elections that cost around Bt2.8 billion and saw a turnout of around 35 million voters.

“Ballotchain” demo

Recently, about 500 people participated in a blockchain demonstration involving the election of a committee to improve the standards of sports coaches and referees in sports under the Department of Physical Education.

Arnat, who is an electronic-voting adviser to the department, used the Ethereum platform for the experiment, via the website http://dpe.thaivote.io. Candidates were able to apply on the site, whose administrators approved candidate registrations, and voters cast their ballot there as well.

The trial found that those familiar with using online or mobile banking services had no difficulties with the vote, as it used the same approach: participants first registered and then received a confirmation with an OTP number sent to their mobile phone to verify their identity. The voters then logged on using the ID and password (which the user must remember) and cast their votes. However, the demonstration faced some technical problems, including the loss of an Internet signal, along with features some users found unfriendly or complicated.

Wimol Chobchuenchom, director of the Internal Audit Department at Rangsit University who was among the 500 attendees, said the method was convenient for voters. She also trusted the process that verified IDs. Wimol saw transparency as a major benefit, because the results can be rechecked with the system.

A bill concerning the sport committee is being considered by the National Legislative Assembly. If approved, an election for the committee will involve more than 200,000 representatives of sport associations nationwide.

The technology is already being used in Estonia, the country dubbed “The Digital Republic”, for shareholder voting.

The state of West Virginia will become the first in the US to offer blockchain-based mobile voting in a federal election, when deployed military personnel from two counties vote in the upcoming Senate primary election.

How about Thailand?

While some people are pushing for modernising all elections using the “ballotchain”, the most cutting-edge technology Thai voters could expect to soon experience is e-voting.

The Election Commission [EC] is planning to provide smartcard readers for use in advance voting for the next election at polling booths in all 350 consistencies.

“Voters would insert their smart ID cards in the machine to cast their votes. Then the vote will be sent to the EC’s registration centre to record that they have already voted,” said the EC caretaker secretary-general, Pol Colonel Jarungwit Phumma. “This will help prevent repetition of votes, or fraudulent voting under another person’s name.”

The EC, which is in charge of organising the election, is concerned about loss of Internet signal that could |disrupt the e-voting process. Yuttaporn, who is an expert on political technology, believes it is possible that we would see blockchain used in an election within the next five years.

“We should not be worried about whether we are ready or not. I don’t see anyone needing instructions on how to use the Line communication app,” Yuttaporn said. He thinks implementation could start with a local election or an election for a political party’s executive board.

As Thailand prepares for the next general election expected by February next year, the 2017 Constitution requires that parties hold a primary vote to select MP candidates. The EC decided to make the political parties responsible for the selection, and Arnat suggested that political parties employ the technology.

But there are two sides to the coin. Yuttaporn is concerned about the potential harm if a system could be hacked or otherwise has weak security. Thailand still has a digital divide and some people don’t understand the new technology, Yuttaporn conceded. But, he said, people could be educated and the technology could be explained.

Political parties worried as too many holidays in April delay re-registration

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343235

Nikorn Chamnong
Nikorn Chamnong

Political parties worried as too many holidays in April delay re-registration

politics April 16, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

2,344 Viewed

POLITICIANS continued to express concerns over the membership re-registration process for political parties and said it would be difficult to complete the formalities by the end of this month, as required, due to the great number of public holidays.

The existing parties are racing against time to adhere to Order No 53/2017 of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which requires party memberships to be renewed, including the submission of documents and the payment of membership fees, by April 30.

After the Songkran holidays, there will be less than 10 working days left in April.

Anyone failing to register in time will lose their memberships and will have to re-register as new members. However, due to the yet-to-be-lifted junta ban on political movements, parties have been unable to carry out any political activities, including the acquisition of new members.

Parties, especially the bigger ones, have promised to do their best to complete the process for all their members nationwide.

The junta order has been criticised as an attempt to deliberately reduce the manpower of existing parties ahead of the upcoming election, as the military is expected to remain influential even after the poll.

Chart Thai Pattana Party director Nikorn Chamnong said that while his party had managed to use the mailing system and bank payments as ways to facilitate remote re-registration for members, it had been delayed by this month’s long holidays for post offices and banks.

“The NCPO should consider this issue and find a solution,” Nikorn said, “or they could be blamed for bullying parties in the system”.

The middle-sized Chart Thai Pattana originally had 181 members in Bangkok and 24,710 members in other provinces. It has strongholds in Suphan Buri and Uthai Thani provinces, with 4,000 and 7,000 members respectively.

The party’s leader, Theera Wongsamut, said the party faced difficulties because of the junta order banning political activities.

“I still buy PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s promise that the election will be held by next February,” Theera said. “However, we have been unable to seek new members, set up new branches or hold major meetings to update our regulations and board in line with the new charter.”

The party wants to bring new faces to its board. “New voters from the young generation have increased since the country’s last proper election. They might not know some of the old politicians. Introducing new faces should help,” he said.

Meechai Ruchuphan, the junta-appointed charter drafter, said that he firmly believed the election would be held “according to the road map” by next year despite several hindrances.

“Some might say conflicts will occur if the election doesn’t happen,” he said.

“However, I view that political conflicts are very usual due to different thoughts and ideologies. What would actually matter is conflict in the form of mob protests. People are not going to accept that.”

Group of anti-junta demonstrators to face prosecutor this week

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343233

Group of anti-junta demonstrators to face prosecutor this week

politics April 16, 2018 01:00

By KAS CHANWANPEN
THE NATION

2,433 Viewed

WHILE THE government has claimed that human rights are a highlight of its national agenda, more than a hundred people have been charged in the past two months for exercising their right to freedom of expression by calling for an election to be held this year after almost four years of coup-installed rule.

Their cases are scheduled to move forward to prosecution this week.

According to the Thai Human Rights Lawyer website, the protesters, collectively known as “The Pro-Election People Group”, are demanding that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) step down and hold an election. They have been charged with violating the ban on political gatherings of five or more people under the Public Assembly Act and for committing sedition. The charges are punishable by imprisonment of up to seven years.

Their series of demonstrations was a reaction to the passing by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of an organic bill governing MP elections with clauses that could potentially delay the promised election by three months.

The previously rare use of mass lawsuits has become more common following recent demonstrations. Traditionally, only the leaders of protests had been targeted by strategic lawsuits against public participation.

As many as 39 protesters were accused by an NCPO legal officer of violating the Public Assembly Act and the NCPO’s ban on political assembly after they allegedly took part in a demonstration held on the skywalk above Pathumwan Intersection and adjacent to the MBK Centre and Siam Discovery.

Nine protest leaders were additionally charged with sedition, including Rangsiman Rome, Siriwith Seritiwat, Nutta Mahuttana and Sombat Boon-ngamanong.

Two of the 39 pleaded guilty to the charges and were handed a halved punishment – a suspended sentence of six days in jail and a Bt3,000 fine.

The rest denied the allegation. The case was initially dismissed when the prosecutor said that proceeding would not serve the public interest but that is being reconsidered, with a final decision expected this Thursday from the Attorney-General. The second in a series of protests in February took place around the Democracy Monument on Rachadamnoen Road, with thousands of people estimated to have participated and as many as 42 protesters charged.

Seven alleged leaders were charged after complaints alleging sedition and violation against the ban were filed against them. The remainder were only charged with violating the ban on gatherings.

The prosecutor agreed to bring those cases to court. All defendants denied the allegation and were freed without even having to post bail.

The evidence review is set for June 4.

A group of 57 people faced the same allegation following a political march and protest in March. Held in front of the army headquarter, that action called on the military to stop supporting the junta. Ten alleged leaders acknowledged the charges last week and were freed.

Police summoned the remaining 47 others to acknowledge the accusation this Wednesday.

Rangsiman, a prominent pro-democracy activist implicated in all the three events, has been charged with alleged sedition.

He said he faced numerous lawsuits because of his activism against the junta but that he remained undeterred by the cases, which he sees as the junta’s tactic to bully dissenters.

Rangsiman pledged that he would continue to fight both the cases and the ruling junta.

Disgruntled emcee quits junta show

Published April 18, 2018 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30343232

Disgruntled emcee quits junta show

politics April 16, 2018 01:00

By PAWARAN CITES ‘WORKING ATTITUDES’ FOR EXIT

2,529 Viewed

WASAMON AUDJARINT THE NATION

AN EMCEE of a junta-run famous TV programme said her resignation from the programme was due to “different working attitudes” while the junta government denied any involvement with the production.

Pawaran Bannarak announced her decision to quit “Thailand Moves Forward Teenage Edition” on Saturday. “Because I love being an emcee so much, I can’t afford to make a half-hearted effort so I decided to resign,” Pawaran said on her Facebook account.

“The programme will continue. Everything will be the same except a female host. I would like to give courage to whoever is going to take my place,” she added.

Her sudden exit brought the 28-year-old former emcee support and criticism for the weekly programme run by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). While the formal, half-hour version of “Thailand Moves Forward” has been aired every evening on every TV broadcasting channel, its 15-minute version for teenagers was launched in late February with the goal of promoting governmental work among younger audiences.

Known for being keen on PR, though in what some consider an “old-fashioned” way, PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered a revamp of “Thailand Moves Forward” once in 2016 after its ratings slumped. Its teenage edition could also be considered part of the revamp and the “modernising” of the programme.

Despite all efforts, “Thailand Moves Forward Teenage Edition” has been widely mocked for seemingly going against everything that the young generation likes – from production, costumes, stylists and emcee scripts.

“They look like production for 1990s teenagers, not 2018,” one comment said. “I understand that the emcees did their best but the programme’s mood and tone is wrong at all levels.”

Pawaran said later yesterday that she was not blaming anyone for her resignation, including the production team. “My disappointment is also partly because of my own expectations that may not align with those of the team. Please don’t view me as being disrespectful to them,” she said.

She also reiterated that her payment – a meagre Bt2,910 – to host an episode of a programme with a multi-million-baht budget was not the reason why she wanted to leave.

The programme’s budget has been set as Bt18 million with six contracts with private production companies, each worth Bt2.66 to Bt3.33 million, and Bt500,000 to hire a sign language interpreter.

Government Spokesperson Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that Pawaran’s exit should not affect the junta directly as the NCPO only provides content guidelines to the production team.

“Broadcasters take turns to be in charge of the programme’s production and the NCPO doesn’t take part in that. Therefore, her resignation has nothing to do with us,” said Sansern, who is now also heading the Government Public Relations Department.

NCPO spokesperson Colonel Winthai Suvaree added that Pawaran’s decision to resign should be seen as related to production management and not its content.

%d bloggers like this: