Premierminister Prayut Chan-o-cha hat dem stellvertretenden Landwirtschaftsminister Thammanat Prompao nach seiner Aufklärung über seine kriminelle Vergangenheit am Mittwoch sein Vertrauen ausgedrückt.
Die Zeitung Sydney Morning Herald in Australien berichtete über seinen Fall.
Der Ministerpräsident sagte am Donnerstag, er habe Thammanats Erklärung überwacht und es für sinnvoll befunden, dass er das umstrittene Thema nicht meide.
In seiner Erklärung zu seiner offensichtlichen Verurteilung wegen Drogenhandels vor einem australischen Gericht sagte Thammanat, dass er nie zu einer Haftstrafe verurteilt wurde, wie von SMH fälschlicherweise gemeldet, gab jedoch zu, dass er während des Verhandlungsprozesses in Gewahrsam gehalten wurde. Er gab auch zu, dass er nach einer kurzen Haftzeit vier Jahre in Australien gearbeitet hatte und anschließend als ein freier Mann ohne Vorstrafen nach Thailand zurückkehrte. / WB-PBS
Thammanat is Prayut’s Newin Chidchob
Thaksin Shinawatra’s downfall was due to many things, and one of the largely-underrated was the defection of a key lieutenant. Newin Chidchob took with him manpower, election strategies and political secrets, so it was not his emotional parting shot alone that really rattled the former prime minister.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao is to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha what Newin was to Thaksin. One newspaper analysis put the nail on the head when describing Thammanat as the man Prayut can’t live with and yet someone he can’t live without. Thammanat is a shrewd power broker, who knew a lot about Pheu Thai’s strategies and logistics. He was a reason why the pro-Prayut coalition edged past its rivals in the race to form a government.
One Democrat made an intriguing comment about Newin years ago: “You can’t help but like him, provided he’s on your side.” Thammanat is probably like that, which is underlined by the fact that he, like Newin, served Thaksin by doing dirty jobs and helping to solidify his party’s dominance in the northern parts of Thailand.
It cannot be said that Newin was a popularity booster for the Thaksin government. He weighted the rating down, in fact. The public did not like him and neither did the media. For the opposition, he was a “gold mine”. Wherever it dug, it found something to attack the government with.
But Newin was also a buffer in a way. He could anticipate opponents’ nasty moves and deal with them with an equal measure of nastiness. His “faction” was an unpleasant bunch to say the least, but it could not be faulted for not getting the job done. He was a “village where artillery shells fall” — a Thai term for an “easy target” or “usual suspect” — but some may say helped draw the fire when Thaksin was in trouble.
In the end, Newin ditched Thaksin instead of the other way around. His “It’s over, boss,” farewell message has become a political classic. Worse still for Thaksin, Newin’s emotional speech spelling an end to their fond relationship, broadcast live at the time and still shared in certain social media circles nowadays, made many wonder how “awful” Thaksin must have been to make a man like Newin want to abandon him.
Thammanat has not shown signs of potential rebellion against Prayut, but there are two crucial facts to consider here. The first is that he had rebelled against Pheu Thai before, and the second is his own, recent statement which clearly shows that he realizes his own importance. “I’m the main artery of the government,” he said. “If they can bring me down, they can bring the whole government down.”
Prayut’s two choices are probably equally dreadful. The first option is keep him close and thus see him draw major fire that, if heavy enough, could badly injure others. The second option is to cut him loose and possibly watch him go rogue. At the moment, Prayut seems to be taking the first option. Secretly, he must also be hoping that it will still be him, not Thammanat, who calls the shots in the future.
Es ist wichtig für dieses Regime möglichst viele Bauernopfer zu haben.
Deshalb hat man die Abfälle Thaksins schliesslich aufgekauft.
Na ja, dieser minderbemittelte australische Knasti hat wenigstens
Auslandserfahrung… aber ein Newin ist er nicht.
Prayuth hat Newin ja auch nicht. Nur dessen Bruder, die Sprechblase.
Hier wird immer so getan als wäre Prayuth der Chef im Ring.
Natürlich ist er dies nicht!
Prawit ist der Chef und lässt dies bei jedem Interview auch durchblicken.
Prayuth ist nur die schön angezogene Sprechpuppe dieser Militärdiktatur.
Apropos schön angezogen:
Ich hätte gern die Adresse seines Schneiders!
Einige seiner Thainess Sakkos gefallen mir(nicht die furchtbaren Gelben/Pinken
ich bin doch kein Kanarienvogel)und wenn man die in leichteren
Stoffen bekommt möchte ich sowas auch.
Natürlich würde ich die hauptsächlich mit kurzen Hosen tragen
denn ich sehe darin mehr Suay aus als er in langen….
sagt meine Frau!
Und noch ein schöner zutreffende Kommentar in der BP zu diesem Thema:
Thamanat saga reflects regime's failed crusade
Atiya Achakulwisut COLUMNIST
published : 17 Sep 2019 at 04:01
For a regime that branded itself a crusader against "corrupt politicians", the Prayut Chan-o-cha government so far, fallen short of its promises.
The prime minister's responses to scandals involving Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister, Thamanat Prompow, suggested the government is heading to a new low, in terms of moral deficiency.
The PM's angry outbursts, his frequent grumbling when reporters ask him upsetting questions, his playing down of accusations that his cabinet member lied about his heroin trafficking past as a "petty issue" — all of these reactions are nothing but classic attempts to evade the real issues.
The only thing that Gen Prayut has to do, but has so far failed to, is to show leadership by getting to the bottom of the scandal. He needs to establish the facts from fiction and make them known. He needs to ensure the public that his government will not tolerate criminal activities nor does it sanction double standards.
All of these are expected from a regime that branded itself as a crusader.
Sadly, this crusader seems to have fallen into the same trap that corrupted past office holders. When a leader justifies his alleged flaws by pointing out the flaws in other people, then that leader is not striving to uphold the best standard. That leader is a reactionary, only going with the flow — which is often, the fast lane to disgrace.
The scandals embroiling Capt Thamanat might sound complicated, but in reality they are quite straightforward to deal with, if the government handles it professionally.
The Sydney Morning Herald article, From sinister to minister: politician's drug trafficking jail time revealed, was written based on court documents. When the story emerged, Capt Thamanat could have countered it with evidence — reports of a plea bargain, which he said he entered with Australian police, evidence of his community service, witness accounts, even his travel records at that time to prove that the SMH's story was not true.
Capt Thamanat offered none. Instead, he beat around the bush and claimed the revelations were politically motivated. He also argued that the story was planted by people inside the country who are aiming to topple the government. He insisted the story was untrue, without offering any proof to support his claim.
When the SMH came out with extracts of the court documents, Capt Thamanat responded by setting up a "war room" to monitor messages posted and shared online about him and threatened to sue some 100 people for defamation.
If Capt Thamanat is certain that his past was free from criminal activities, then he should prove it. If he did enter a plea bargain three decades ago as he said he did, wouldn't there be a paper trail somewhere?
Then, another scandal emerged about his PhD degree from California University FCE, which critics claim is bogus. Capt Thamanat's dissertation, whose cover he showed to the press, stated that it was presented to Calamus International University, located in Vanuatu, and California University FCE — which is not a university, but a degree-equivalency assessor.
Again, determining the truth should have been a simple affair. The Ministry of Education must have a list of accredited education institutions. If Calamus International University or California University FCE are as dubious as claimed, education authorities should be able to quickly point it out. Instead, the degree controversy was allowed to rage on, with netizens both inside and outside the country trying to verify the legitimacy of Capt Thamanat's degree.
What's even more ironic is that while the quest for the truth is going on, deputy prime minister for legal affairs, Wissanu Krea-ngam, said Capt Thamanat's PhD does not matter. Mr Wissanu said that even with only his Bachelor's degree, which he received from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Capt Thamanat is still qualified for his post.
If Mr Wissanu implies that the government does not care about the authenticity of Capt Thamanat's PhD, then why do we even have laws against fake goods? If the government does not even want to know if a cabinet minister's degree is fake or not, what's the point of going after other fake or counterfeit things?
The most disappointing response definitely came from Gen Prayut himself. If he were up to the task, he would have put the issues straight to bed. He would have vowed to set the record straight and deal with the outcome accordingly. This is quite basic. All it takes is the guts to do the right thing, even though it could hurt people on your own side.
Alas, what the people have received from the PM so far has been contempt, complaints and finger-pointing. It's true these meaningless gestures have become Gen Prayut's trademark style of problem solving. They are lame, especially for a self-appointed crusader.
Eine sehr schöne Kolumne von einer offensichtlich wirklich
Ich lasse hier im Gegensatz zum Goebbels Imitator der mit
gefälschten Übersetzungen a la AfD Propaganda arbeitet
ganz bewusst den englischen Text stehen weil ich davon ausgehe
dass jeder der in Thailand lebt zumindest Englisch verstehen sollte.
Wenn mir ein DACH Farang erzählen will er spräche zwar Thai
aber verstünde kein Englisch so ist dies für mich schwer nachzuvollziehen.
Es sei denn er sei armer Rentner und lebe im Issan,
dann ziehe ich aufrichtig meinen Hut vor ihm.
Aber nun zum Text:
Atiya nimmt den Chefdiktator bei seinen eigenen Worten
und führt ihm sein Versagen vor.
Eigentlich bei jedem Fall der so hoch gekommen ist.
Atiya ist übrigens keine "Rote". Im Gegenteil!
Sie ist KnallGelb und vertritt die Meinung vieler Gelben
die mit der Performance des Chefdiktators und seines Chefs
überhaupt nicht zufrieden sind.
Welch gute Abhisit Regierung hätte Thailand jetzt haben können
wenn ihm seine eigene Partei nicht im Stich gelassen hätte!
Und wenn die PT ihm nicht den Parlamentspräsidenten
Ich hoffe immer noch sehr dass Chuan Leekpai etwas
ausheckt um seinen Schützling in die richtige Position
Stellt Euch mal vor Abhisit,Korn und Apirak
statt Prawit,Prayuth,Somkid und KrassWatNu!
Zu schön um Thai zu sein!
Deshalb haben Sie auch keinerlei Skrupel, hier im Blog ohne Angst, Ihr Gesicht zu verlieren, soviel Unsinn zu verzapfen, gell?
Anmerkung: Mit "Essen" hat ein Gesichtsverlust nichts zu tun.
Zu diesem Fall der von der Militärdiktatur negiert wird
gibt es diesen Kommentar der BP:
Govt leaves Thamanat sore to fester
Veera Prateepchaikul COLUMNIST
published : 16 Sep 2019 at 04:31
Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow must have been a valuable asset of the government to justify both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam coming to his defence over his criminal past in connection with a drug trafficking case in Australia about three decades ago and over his questionable educational background while other cabinet ministers keep their distance from the scandal.
The prime minister said last week he found Capt Thamanat's clarification in parliament in response to the opposition's question about the Australian drug case reasonably acceptable although others, myself included, thought it was just his side of the story which contradicts the story ran by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper which dug into his criminal past.
In short, the SMH claimed the young Thamanat who then went by the name of Manat Bophlom and another Thai, Sorasat Tiemtad, were found guilty by the New South Wales District Court on March 31, 1994 of being knowingly concerned in the importation of a commercial quantity of heroin into Australia and sentenced to six years' jail, with four years' minimum and a two-year non-parole period. He actually served just four years and was freed from Parklea prison on April 14, 1997.
Capt Thamanat's latest version of the story told to parliament last week was that he did not plead guilty to the drug trafficking charge and was not sentenced to imprisonment. He claimed he was held in custody for eight months during a plea bargaining period and spent four years in state-sponsored accommodation as a witness.
So who to believe — Capt Thamanat or the SMH?
It is not difficult to find out the truth if the Prayut government genuinely wants to settle the controversy once and for all by ordering the Foreign Ministry to instruct the Thai embassy in Australia to send someone to look into the NSW District Court's archives.
But it appears the government is reluctant to do just that and lets the controversy drag on for a while, hoping it will just fizzle out as time goes by.
However, the scandal will rage on if Capt Thamanat makes good on his threat to file about 100 defamation lawsuits against those he feels have tarnished his reputation. That is the price he will have to pay. Or he just lies low.
By comparison, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu's defence of Capt Thamanat over the latter's criminal past and questionable educational background, although legally correct, is a long way short of of ethical.
It also begs a big question about his low level of appreciation of such noble social values as honesty, decency and good governance.
The government's top legal expert claimed the Australian court's conviction on drug charges against Capt Thamanat as claimed by SMH is not binding in Thailand and so cannot be used to disqualify the embattled minister.
Regarding his questionable educational background, Mr Wissanu said it does not matter whether Capt Thamanat's supposed PhD degree from a university in California is genuine or fake, as the deputy minister's qualifications have met constitutional requirements because he has a diploma from the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy which is equivalent to a Bachelor's degree.
In other worlds, the deputy prime minister has suggested cheating is irrelevant even if the PhD degree is proven to be a fake because Capt Thamanat's educational background has already met requirements.
Both the prime minister and Mr Wissanu appear to be practising the White Cat and Black Cat theory of the late Chinese paramount leader Deng Xiaoping who said: "It does not matter whether a cat is black or white so long it catches mice."
Capt Thamanat is not just a government fixer who oversees and handles the micro parties within the government. To borrow his own words, he is a monkey handler who, from time to time, has to feed the monkeys with bananas to keep them satisfied and tamed.
It is an unenviable job that most party members have despised, but Capt Thamarat has accepted the challenge and has proven his worth.
He also delivered to the Palang Pracharath Party several parliamentary seats in the northern region in the March 24 election.
But the scandal has turned Capt Thamanat into something like a lightning rod or a hot potato for the government.
Public trust and confidence in the government are at stake if the scandal rages on. Will the prime minister cut loose a rotten arm to save a life?
Natürlich nicht weil der Chefdiktator weiss dass er absolut unabsetzbar ist.
Selbst wenn ihm noch mehr Mini Partei Koalitionäre davonlaufen……
Er hat so lange seinen Chef und Brother in Arms Prawit trotz aller
Lügen und Unwahrheiten die Stange gehalten ,
dann wird er doch einem Thaksinabfall der ihm den Wahlsieg
in der Provinz Phayao geschenkt hat und der auch die Power Junkies
der Mini Parteien mit Stoff füttert nicht einfach fallen lassen!
Wenn ich Eines in Thailand hasse so ist es die angebliche Furcht
vor einem Gesichtsverlust!
Man kann nur etwas verlieren was man vorher besessen hat!
Wo nix iss kann man auch nix verlieren!