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Palang Pracharath MP calls for probe into Pheu Thai MP who cut own arm in parliament

Maya Taylor



Wisarn pictured with his daughter - PHOTO: / Facebook

Opposition politicians are clashing over the actions of one MP who deliberately cut his arm in an act of self-harm to draw attention to the plight of anti-government protesters. Palang Pracharath MP, Sira Jenjaka, is threatening Wisarn Techathirawat, Pheu Thai MP for Chiang Rai, with removal from office for what he’s calling a publicity stunt.

On Tuesday, during a special joint parliamentary session aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing political unrest, Wisarn produced a knife and proceeded to cut his left arm 3 times. Prior to producing the knife, he had criticised the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, for using unnecessary force against peaceful protesters, and called on him to listen to their demands.

He said he did not want to see their blood shed and would rather lose his own. He then produced the knife and ignored calls from parliament president Chuan Leekpai not to cut himself. He subsequently received 9 stitches at Bangkok’s Vachira Hospital.

Sira says he plans to petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate Wisarn for allegedly violating the ethical code for MPs. He is also calling on Parliament to investigate the Pheu Thai MP’s action. He accuses Wisarn of having cut himself to garner media attention ahead of provincial elections around the country, pointing out that Wisarn’s daughter is contesting an election in Chiang Rai.

Sira says Wisarn’s actions are a disgrace to parliament, adding that security should be improved to prevent people bringing weapons into the building. However, Ubonsak Bualuang-ngam, Wisarn’s fellow Pheu Thai MP, says Wisarn borrowed the fruit knife from a maid working in the building. He says that, in his opinion, his colleague did not breach any ethical code.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    sam thompson

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:54 am

    A pathetic, purile, melodramatic, attention seeking gesture from someone who is not fitmto hold office responsibly….ban him for a few years

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      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      But​ its​ okay​ to​ be.a.convicted heroin​ smuggler, steal​ 500​ rai​ of​ public​ land.for.personal use, or​ other​ corrupt​ activities????

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    Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Yes, attention-seeking and melodramatic, etc, but the suggestion that anyone should be “banned” for this or any other offence is even worse.

    It’s bad enough banning more than 90% of the Thai population from being MPs because they don’t have a degree, without adding more unnecessary restrictions on who the Thai people can choose to represent them.

    If all those who are “pathetic, purile, melodramatic (and) attention seeking” were banned from office that would rule out not just plenty of MPs in the West but a good few Presidents and Prime Ministers.

    It should be up to the electorate who they choose to represent them and who they see as “fit to hold office”, nobody else – that’s an essential part of democracy at it’s most basic.

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      Fred glue

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Isaan John, why do you people from Germany complain & moan al the time, just let Thailand be Thailand.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:49 pm

        “… you people from Germany …”?

        Way too much glue sniffing.

        … and I’m very happy for Thailand to be Thailand – that’s why I’m here!

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          Fred glue

          Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm

          That’s another country you trying wreck, go back too your home land in Germany, and leave all the Thai people alone. Thumping your fist on the table because you can’t get your own way.
          Swim & walk if you have too..

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            Issan John

            Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:59 pm

            Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not German (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and nearly all my “fist thumping” here has actually been to say that Thailand and the Thais have very much got it right despite others (nearly all of them foreigners) complaining to the contrary.

            Way, way too much glue …

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            Ryan Lih

            Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm

            The disgruntled & insulted Thai person I suppose. Well there’s no ethics to allege Issan John is German and all that diatribe you have of him. He’s merely stating his knowledgeable observations given the years he’s been in Thailand. Emotions will cloud the mind. Leave the insults else where.

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    German Mike

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 2:28 am

    I guess cutting is more theatrical than if he had pepper sprayed himself.

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