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Thai Health Minister pictured without mask, sitting next to infected Transport Minister

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Facebook

Do as I say, not as I do…

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has been caught without a face mask while sitting next to a Cabinet minister who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Anutin Charnvirakul, previously considered an enthusiastic proponent of mask-wearing, sat next to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob while attending a merit-making event on Tuesday. Saksayam tested positive for Covid-19 the next day.

The spotlight has been on Anutin since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year and perhaps never more so than when the outspoken minister was targeting, “dirty farang”. When a confused foreign tourist refused the free face masks he was handing out as part of a PR stunt in Bangkok, it prompted a tirade of xenophobic abuse. While mildly amusing – or bemusing – at the time, many blame it for sparking a disturbing backlash against foreign residents and tourists in the Kingdom.

“Many farang dress dirty and don’t shower. As hosts we have to be very careful.” – Anutin Charnvirakul on Twitter last year.

Now a photo that appears in a Nation Thailand report shows a barefaced Health Minister sitting next to Saksayam (who is wearing a mask). A number of Cabinet ministers have begun self-isolating as a result of the Transport Minister’s positive diagnosis.

It is not the first time Anutin has forgotten to wear a face mask. In July of last year, he was forced to apologise for removing his mask while attending an event at the US Embassy in Bangkok.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    This health minister has been vaccinated, so in theory cannot catch the virus.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    He had too many cups of happy tea.

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    Anutin Gold

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    That guy is a big joke.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Yawn. He’s been vaccinated. Makes him 80% safe from infection. Do try to keep up.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Mask doesn’t protect against infecting yourself, it protects mostly just against spreading the virus to other people around you. So there is no problem here, pointless hyperventilation.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    I did say in theory, you do try to keep up.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Fingers crossed, slugger?

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    what a moron !

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    forget the mask he should wear a bag on his head (why he works? he is a multi-millionaire? Must love POWER)


    Good Luck Thailand

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:47 am

    so all these ministers were vaccinated so they could visit bars in Bangkok?

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:54 am

    “Mask doesn’t protect against infecting yourself, it protects mostly just against spreading the virus to other people around you.”

    Congrats akka on one of the stupidist comments I’ve ever seen here.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:38 am

    this guy is such a half-wit!!

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:30 am

    What’s “stupid” about @akka’s comment, LondonA1, apart from the bit you missed out – “so there is no problem here” – ?

    That’s what masks are for – and the “problem” is that Anutin didn’t do it.

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    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Mr. ” dirty farang”

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