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Petition calling for Anutin’s resignation exceeds signature target, new target set

Maya Taylor



SOURCE: Facebook / อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล (Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul)

A petition hosted on, demanding the resignation of Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, has surpassed an initial target of 200,000 signatures. The target has now been increased to 300,000, with over 211,600 having signed at the time of writing. Anutin has been widely criticised for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with signatories demanding the reins be handed over to someone with proper expertise.

Nation Thailand reports that the campaign was started by a group calling itself Mor Ja Mai Thon (“Doctors Won’t Bear It Anymore”), with the petition launched at midnight on Friday. By yesterday afternoon, it had over 200,000 signatures. The group claims Anutin lacks the necessary expertise to control Covid-19, accusing him of failing in all aspects, be it vaccine procurement, policy-making, resource management, or gaining the confidence of healthcare workers.

Comments Anutin has made in the past have come back to haunt him, including his original dismissal of the virus, during which he called it a “common cold”, as well as his view that doctors who became infected should be told off for not being careful enough. The group has cited such comments, coupled with his failure to manage the crisis, as justification for the Health Minister’s immediate resignation.

“Public acknowledgment of all these failures proves that we cannot afford to squander our precious time and must bring an end to management that is not effective enough by calling on Anutin to resign and letting those who have the ability to take over when the country is in a crisis.”

Anutin insists he’s going nowhere.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Yes he should go. He has no medical experience. He should at least be a medical doctor.
    He is an engineer.
    The handling of the pandemic was good at the start, but there were very few contagious persons about.
    Now the virus is spreading like a wildfire in the wind. The vaccination program is a shambles. The testing is a shambles, and in some places there is a shortage of hospital beds.
    This medical minister does not even have a Thai Red Cross medal. There are seven, yet he does not even have one!
    I doubt he will go. This is a dictatorship.

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Do these petitioners really think this stuff matters to the virus? What is this, the Tinkerbell virus? We all have to *believe* in order to defeat it? No. People are free to form their own opinions even if they disagree with you, so learn to DEAL WITH IT.

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    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    after 300k sign, “target” will be 500k. what a circus this weak ass dictatorship is. joke of the world

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    @ispenst..they are dealing with it. They are petitioning to remove a public servant who they see as not competent for his public servant role. Correct, belief has nothing to do with it, that’s why the petitioners want action to defeat the virus, not empty promises and mismanagement. Nothing wrong with that. In one sentence you state that people are free to form their own opinions but in the next you imply that the petitioners can’t and have to “deal with it”. 555.

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