PM tells a fisherman: “Do not raise your voice at me!”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yelled at a fisherman who raised his voice apparently to get his attention as he was explaining the latter’s question about fishing problem during his meeting with local people in Nong Chik district of Pattani on Monday (Nov 27).

While observing an exhibition held at the central livestock market in Nong Chik district at a sideline of the mobile cabinet meeting, an unidentified man approached the prime minister with a petition for the government to amend fishing regulation.

Under the current regulation, fishing boats are allowed to fish only 220 days in a year. He wanted the fishing period to be extended so fishermen will have more income to cope with their expenses.

As the prime minister was explaining his problem while many local residents were listening, the fishermen raised his voice to interrupt him, prompting him to yell back: “Be patient, do not raise your voice at me. Do you understand? I am listening to you, you can speak as normal, thank you.”

He promised to look into his problem and then ordered Gen Vilas Arunsri, secretary-general of the prime minister, to accept his petition and to ask him to write a formal petition at a mobile office of the Damrongtham Centre at the scene.

The prime minister told people who were at the market to welcome him that the government was fully aware of the ongoing problems in the South which include falling rubber prices and energy problem.

He assured them the government had been trying to address the problems on the basis of reasoning to work out solutions that that acceptable to all.