PM brushes aside criticisms on junta’s “sucking power”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (April 24) shrugged off criticism from Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva that the junta is using “sucking power” to draw former MPs to their political clan.

“I don’t hear anything.  I am not a vacuum cleaner.  Let them criticize. I am not interested.  I just do my job,” said the prime minister when asked to comment on Mr Abhisit’s criticism.

Mr Abhisit said that he fully aware of the cabinet’s decision last week appointing two key members of the Phalangchon party, Sontaya and Ittipol Kunplome to be political advisors to the prime minister and the tourism and sports minister respectively.

He said that all the political manoeuvrings were part of a grand plan to pave the way for the setting up of a political party and a political base for the National Council for Peace and Order.  He noted that although the appointment of the two Kunplome brothers was not unconstitutional, it was against the spirit of the charter.

Mr Abhisit predicted more former MPs would be “sucked” by the junta with offers of political posts such as vice minister’s post.

Former Democrat MP Watchara Phetthong said he used to speculate that there was an attempt to mobilize up to 40 billion baht in seed fund to form a military party but his warning had been brushed aside as wishful thinking.