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Ungelesener Beitragvon KoratCat » Di Mai 01, 2007 4:30 pm

Sonthi surprised by Thaksin post as PGA president

(BangkokPost.com) - Council for National Security chairman Sonthi Boonyaratkalin expressed astonishment in the nomination of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as the new president of the Professional Golf Association of Thailand.

Gen Sonthi said the nomination might have something to do with Thaicom Foundation donated some money to the golf association. The foundation, initiating the satellite education program for young children in remote areas unable to continue their education at the secondary school level, was founded by Mr Thaksin.

He said the nomination was caused by some individual groups who have problems with their thinking process and should be admitted for mental consulting.

Pongsak Raktapongpaisal, who was deputy secretary-general of the Thai Rak Thai party, said Monday Mr Thaksin was delighted to accept the post, adding that he was suitable for the title due to his contribution to the association.

Bangkok Post May 1, 2007

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Ungelesener Beitragvon newsclip » Mi Mai 02, 2007 11:05 am

Golf presidency 'a joke or political ploy'

Rivals of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday described his election as president of the Professional Golf Association of Thailand (PGAT) on Monday as a joke.

Council for National Security chairman General Sonthi Boonyaratglin told reporters: "It's ridiculous. I think Thais are in a confused condition. Some may not be able to separate what is good from what is bad. Perhaps we should ask a psychiatrist to help them."

He said the appointment must have a hidden agenda and might be a fighting call to gain popularity.

Democrat Party spokesman Ong-art Klampaiboon called it unusual for the PGAT to choose the former prime minister as its president, because Thaksin was not even in the country.

He said the decision showed that Thaksin was attempting to use sports to attract attention and carry on his political campaign from outside the country.

"Even we don't know his real objective. We want the state to trace his finances," said Ong-art.

During yesterday's Cabinet meeting, several members thought the whole idea was amusing.

"Several ministers said it was just a typical gag of Thaksin's - especially another report that he would buy Manchester City football club. It's his style to make news, just like he did when he said he'd buy Liverpool three years ago," said Deputy Social Development and Human Security Minister Poldej Pinpratheep.

However, Popular Campaign for Democracy secretary-general Suriyasai Katasila said it was not a joke, but rather a strategy to steal the political limelight again.

"Politicians and golf courses can't be divided. When Thaksin was PM, he made decisions about many projects on the golf course. Either golf or football was linked to a network of politically influential groups," he said.

Meanwhile, Thai Rak Thai Party spokesman Sita Divari said the government should separate politics from sports, saying the PGAT believed the former premier had the ability to develop the association.

"Thaksin likes sports. I think the government should give him a chance to run the PGAT," said Sita.

"It's the way of democracy, not dictatorship. Thaksin cannot force the association members to choose him. Yet I believe hundreds of sports associations in the country want him to be their president," he said.

The Nation May 2, 2007


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