PM defends that his meeting with the Sasomsap family was just a “chance encounter”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed as misleading the suggestion by Pheu Thai core member Watana Muangsook that he was approaching the Sasomsap family to form political alliance for his political future.

Mr Watana posted in his Facebook page a picture showing the prime minister in a group picture with members of the Sasomsap, a long-time political family in Nakhon Pathom.

Posted by Watana Muangsook on Tuesday, 26 December 2017

 

The prime minister explained on Friday (Dec 29) that he recently went to a golf course for a golf game with some of his friends, including Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya, without knowing that the golf course was owned by the Sasomsap family.

“They said the golf course won some rewards, so I would like to go there for a try.  I didn’t know who owns it. But when I arrived there, they (Sasomsap family) were already there,” said the prime minister as he shrugged off the suggestion that he went there to meet the family with political motive.  

Gen Prayut said the men asked to take photos with him and it would be impolite if he refused.

He stressed that the chance encounter was coincidental.

“There were so many people there, so how could I make a deal with them,” he lamented as he pleaded with his critics not to look at him with suspicion.

Gen Chatchai also denied having political talks with the Sasomsap family

Meanwhile, Mr Padermchai Sasomsap, former labour minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra’s cabinet, explained that his family asked for a group photo with the prime minister as a family’s souvenir.

He denied that the family discussed politics with the prime minister.