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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has walked out of a parliamentary debate in an apparent huff that MPs were laughing instead of listening to him. Thai PBS World reports that the incident happened in parliament yesterday afternoon, while the PM was explaining the southern economic zone project as part of the censure debate. Accusing some of those present of not paying enough attention, he ended his speech abruptly and walked out.

“I think I will stop here because no one is listening, but laughing. That is enough, thank you.”

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The PM entered the debate after an accusation from opposition MP Prasertpong Sornnuwat, from the Kao Klai Party, who accused the Deputy Interior Minister Nipon Boonyamanee of an abuse of power. Prasertpong has accused Nipon of displacing villagers in the southern province of Songkhla by forcing them to sell their land to make way for developments in the southern economic zone project. He says this was done to further Nipon’s own interests and those of his people.

Nipon claims the dispute over the land occurred before he took over responsibility for the project, insisting that Prasertpong’s accusation is groundless and that the project is designed to improve the quality of life of people in the area.

The PM then took to the floor to defend the project, pointing out that issues in the south of the country are complicated and saying the government is working to solve them and bring prosperity to the region. He has refuted the suggestion that no progress has been made on the project, insisting that it is in the preparatory stage and pointing out that infrastructure development must be ready before investors decide to put money into the region. However, it appears he grew frustrated that some were not listening to his explanation, accusing them of laughing at him, before walking out.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Geoff

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the PM’s dummy!

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      Changyue

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      If people are laughing they are paying attention. A sleeping audience is much wor. ….zzzzzzzz

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        Dave Macarelli

        Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:55 am

        Prayuth deserves all the flak and criticism he gets. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the fire.

        He should be making a speech to the nation. “I am so sorry. I could have stopped this second wave from happening. Same goes for my health minister. We are both handing in our resignation, starting tomorrow. We really dropped the ball, and failed. It is the right thing to do. I now realize both myself and Anutin have been way over our heads, this entire time. We take responsibility.

        Forgive us, if u can, but we will never forgive ourselves for failing you, the people of Thailand.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:49 am

    He will be the subject of a vote of no confidence debate soon.
    Walking out of parliament like a spoilt child that is not receiving attention is likely to increase the votes of no confidence.
    Laughing at a dictator is good opposition. Dictators hate ridicule.

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      It’s still a foregone conclusion, as he has a majority – just. It’s very unlikely anyone would actually change sides.

      I recall someone being laughed at by the UN …

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        David Mann

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:58 pm

        Yes IJ. Trump was laughed at by the UN. But one key difference about those laughing. They majority were unelected Ambassadors and Diplomats and hence can not claim to represent the views of the people. The people laughing in the Thai Parliament were elected MP’s. Voted by the people for the people. It’s called democracy you see IJ. A term you seemingly dislike as you clearly like to dictate to people.

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          Issan John

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm

          Really?

          Maybe you’ve forgotten whose solution to re-opening Phuket to tourists consisted of “re-locating” a third of the population and then “locking again” the island so any Thais who wanted to leave would be quarantined before they could go anywhere in their own country … 😮

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            David Mann

            Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 3:58 am

            WTF are you babbling about. Have you be on the rice whisky tonight ?

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      Dave Macarelli

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      He got away with it again. By loading up the senate, they can get away with nearly anything. Where deos this leave the nation? What is the future of Thailand, with the dinosaurs in control?

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    Ian Bromley

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    It seems to me that even sham democracy is too much pressure for this man. Dictators are usually thin skinned and can only rule by control and repression and I believe that current circumstances in Myanmar are making him jealous of the actions taken by his buddy there. If we get to having another general election the people will wreak havoc on this sclerotic and chaotic administration. It will be fascinating to see how this cry baby responds to total rejection. Storming off & sucking his thumb wont do him much good then!

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    Stardust

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Acting like a child or make always others responsible for the own failures doesnt work and means incompitance and not capable to managing a country or anything else. To be on the level like a small kid will not work allover the world to deal with adults.

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    “The PM then took to the floor to defend the project, pointing out that issues in the south of the country are complicated and saying the government is working to solve them and bring prosperity to the region.”

    I call BS on that! The south is left out of almost every “development” project. Anything south of Surat Thani or Phuket is invisible to the PM, his lackeys and cohorts.

    The project in question deserved to be laughed at. It’s ludicrous to think that a member of the high-and-mighty PM’s cabinet is in charge of a project that is forcing landowners to sell “to improve the quality of people’s life in the area.”

    I hope people keep laughing at him, and he continues to be pissed off about it. Just like a Donnie Trump, Jr Jr…he can’t handle criticism.

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    harry1

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    its not the behaviour expected of a PM,if he cant debate and accept scrutiny in parliament,then he no longer fit to serve

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      Keith

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      He has never been fit to serve

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    Andreas Salamonsen

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    I would laugh at a clown too! Hahaha!

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    Ian

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Hopefully the start of his downfall and his minions and hopefully a big turnout at the demonstrations this weekend and hopefully this will lead to a new election soon to get rid of this dictatorship

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    Gosport

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Showing respect is the cornerstone of being a humanbeing. Look at that lady, what a shame. Do you like a Thai girl like that lady?

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      Jesus Monroe

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      Look at that lady, do you like a Thai girl like that lady? I’m not meaning to be disrespectful Gosport but Is this a respectful comment?

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      Galaxy

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      When It’s too much from too much It’s absolutely normal to react like that. The respect is too far.

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      Mister Stretch

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      What is shameful about her, Gosport?

      She’s laughing. You don’t think it’s okay for women to laugh? Or do you think it’s wrong for a woman to laugh at a man? Does she need to “respect the man” even if he says something stupidly funny?

      Maybe she shouldn’t be in parliament, is that what you are thinking?

      What about the man next to her? He’s laughing even harder, but you don’t make a comment about him. Sounds like you’re a misogynist.

      Frankly, a woman that knows how to laugh is more interesting than one that doesn’t.

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    HE’S JUST AN ARMY GENERAL FOR FECKS SAKE!! The man has no charisma, he’s always angry looking, his black bags under his eyes are getting bigger and, above all…. his likeability rating must be in single figures! He will go very soon. Not fit to govern, in cahoots no doubt with the monarchy and he will bring Thailand to its knees. Laughter at him is the ‘best vaccine’ of all!

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    Timmytime

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Keep on walking Mr Snowflake.

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    He should read the Thaiger and see what people really have to say about him! He would be walking for a lot longer… OR, RUNNING?! “Run Forest, run!!””

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    Yan

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Walk out…the best he can do….

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    Crispy

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    It is a seriously foolish response to walk out saying people are laughing at you.
    Better to ask the Speaker to intervene (why hadn’t he?) and have the offenders removed by the bailiffs.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I j Well I have forgotten please explain, otherwise this is not relevant.
    11.47pm. how many big bottles of Chang have you drunk?

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    Political Observer

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 4:53 am

    His net worth is US $4 million (according to Wikipedia). How did he get that on a general’s salary ?

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      Kevin Skinner

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:19 am

      So everybody starts at zero when they reach the pinnacle of their career do they. No previous earnings, no inheritances, no careful savings or investments.

      Try doing some research before making ridiculous accusations.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Keep walking- all the way to the retirement community.

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    Ian

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Can you tell us how he got it mr skinner because we all know its not through hard work but more scams and brown envelopes even generals in UK forces don’t acumalate this wealth but id sure like to hear your rational How he accumulated this amount

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    Ian

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    This so called general is was the leader of a army that would surrender at the first sign of western forces landing on the shores to battle them in full combat gear and sa 80s not flip flops and shorts and as for shrewd investments ,savings his record speaks for itself hes destroying thailand daily

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    Masaomi Eric

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    For the sake of this nation, Prayuth should leave! He is a total Liability to this country including the foreigners in Thailand!
    He’s the Devil citing scriptures from the Bible for his own purpose!
    May he rot in Hell!

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    Yan

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    … finally he made the best step in his career: walking out…

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      Mike froment

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      I think he’s just like a petulant child look at me like at me sooner he gone the better.

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