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Former Thai PM Thaksin makes appearance on popular Clubhouse app

Maya Taylor



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Ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been living in exile for over 10 years, has made an appearance on the new “Clubhouse” social media app, in which he discussed his battle with Covid-19. Thaksin’s appearance was confirmed by the CARE movement, as he joined a forum hosted by the organisation on Monday night.

Nation Thailand reports that also taking part in the forum were former ministers from Thaksin’s cabinet, including Surapong Suebwonglee, Prommin Lertsuridej, Chaturon Chaisang and Pichai Naripthaphan. According to a Facebook post from CARE, Thaksin appeared under the name he has been using while living abroad.

“Thaksin would appear under the name ‘Tony Woodsame’, as Tony is the name he had used while studying abroad.”

During his appearance, Thaksin confirmed he had contracted the Covid-19 virus but has since recovered. He also brought up the “30 baht cure all” policy of his former party, Thai Rak Thai, designed to deal with Thailand’s healthcare problems. Asked about the current political turmoil in Thailand and how he would deal with protesters if he was still in power, he emphasised the importance of communicating with Thailand’s youth.

“Political rallies in Thailand are caused by young people starting to become uncertain about their future. The government must communicate with these young protesters based on reason, as well as find ways to make Thailand open and free.”

The exclusive, invitation-only Clubhouse app is gaining popularity in Thailand and around the world, helped by the approval of prominent figures like Elon Musk, Kanye West, and Jared Leto. Renowned Thai academic, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, himself living in exile, is also a Clubhouse member.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Eddie Murphy

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    He makes sense. Thai young people cannot be ignored; they must be treated with respect.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    He always reminds me of the kid on Mad Magazine.
    I did not think much of him when he was in power, but compared to the present one in power, he was quite good.

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      Kuhn David

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      Alfred E Newman

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    MAYBE A “COME BACK” is being hatched?@@!

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Thaksin has some good ideas and got a fair amount done.
    He could still make a comeback.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:50 am

    I do not miss Old Square Face. When he was first elected, I was optimistic kept an open mind. However, under his watch, corruption grew to an unprecedented scale and extrajudicial killings increased. Yes, it was good to expose inequities in society. However, there was a new scandal every week and the government ceased to function. The old guard was knocked back on it’s heels by a guy who built a fortune, not always honestly, in his own lifetime, rather than inheriting wealth and power from a well-to-do family. His every attempted comeback by proxy failed. Due to these failures, I don’t foresee any comeback. New leaders are emerging.

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