Prayut asks media to get over Thaksin, Yingluck

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Wednesday (Sept 6) the media should now talk over something else beside former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, saying that the government has got over both of them already.

Gen Prayut was apparently annoyed when asked to comment on the result of an opinion poll conducted by the King Prajadhipok Institute which shows Thaksin was the most popular prime minister in 15 years.

The media asked whether this means Thailand has not been able to get over Thaksin.

Gen Prayut said he has long got over the issue of Thaksin, but the media have continued to stick to this name and kept asking about him on a daily basis.

I have got over that name. Let the law take its course, he said.

A method of getting over it is to forget it and let the law take its course. If we keep sticking to one problem without getting over it, the country would not be able to move forward, he added.

The prime minister said he has explained to other countries that Thaksin is still wanted in many legal cases. As long as he is not in the country, the cases against him will remain unsolved and cannot be done away with.

The government does not want to hunt for anybody. The wrongdoings happened before I came to power, Gen Prayut said.

The prime minister gave the same reply when asked about Ms Yingluck.

The media never asked me whether I was tired attending the Brics Summit in China or to what extent Thailand has been recognised. The media show no interest in this matter, he said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)