Connect with us


Thailand’s Teflon MP denies he is “ready” to be the next Thai PM



PHOTO: MP and Minister Thammanat Prompao

Thammanat Prompao for Thai PM. Huh?!

The Palang Pracharat ‘fixer’, and former guest of the Australian prison system, is crying ‘fake news’ over a social media post saying that he’s “ready and waiting” to be offered the top job in Thai politics. Palang Pracharat is the majority coalition party in the current Thai government.

The Agriculture and Cooperatives minister, and MP for Phayao, ‘Captain’ Thammanat Prompao has dodged plenty of political bullets after it was revealed in a series of Sydney Morning Herald articles, the dark past of a younger Thammanat Prompao. One headline in 2019 read From sinister to minister: politician’s drug trafficking jail time revealed and another a year later… Thai minister who pleaded guilty in Sydney heroin case now says ‘it was flour’.

The senior member of Thailand’s ruling coalition party spent 4 years in a New South Wales jail in the 1990s for his role in a heroin trafficking ring, convicted of importing some 3.2 kilograms of heroin into Australia. He was deported on his release from Sydney’s Parklea prison. At the time he was a young Thai soldier going under the name of Manat Bophlom.

Speaking about the cases when it first came to light in Thai media in 2019 the young, aspiring Deputy Agricultural minister said… “I didn’t import, produce or deal heroin. While on vacation in Sydney, I was properly cleared by immigration. But I was unfortunate to have been in the same place at the same time as some drug offenders.”

In past year Captain Thammanat has been been given a clear runway to higher office in Thailand after being cleared by Thailand’s constitutional court and then being voted to the top position of Secretary General in the Palang Pracharat party – the party that was formed as a front for the Thai military’s NCPO (that led the 2014 coup) as a legitimate political party, to field MPs for the 2019 general election.

Cut to August 2021, and Thammanat denied he ever said he was ready and waiting to be Thailand’s PM and that he was “acting 30th PM of Thailand”. The social media post was originally made by “Top TV”. The combative minister said he was “instructing his legal team to prosecute the poster and people who shared the fake news as it had damaged him and created misunderstanding”.

Thammanat has used similar threats every time media organisations report any of his alleged faux pas or past ‘misunderstandings’.

Daily News doubled down on yesterday’s story by with a quote from former nightclub owner, playboy, politician, presenter and go-to “dial a quote” Chuwit Kamonwisit. He took to social media with a quote of his own.

Chuwit claimed he had “heard of the name of Captain Thammanat” 20 years ago when he was serving jail time in Bangkok.

He noted in his post that Thammanat “was a quick political learner” and “mixes well with the elite”.

“That was ideal for someone to be a politician or a gangster. ”

Another name that has been floated as the next Thai PM (Prayut Chan-o-cha has been in the role since 2014, initially as chief of the Thai Army’s NCPO and then after being given the top job in a vote by both houses of the Thai parliament in 2019) is the current Public Health Minister, and leader of the minority Bhumjaithai party, Anutin Charnvirakul.

But gaff-prone Anutin’s public, and not so public, snipes at the current PM have seen him sidelined to photo opportunities. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, as head of just about everything, has also taken over responsibilities to head up the Covid vaccine rollout.

Thammanat Prompao would be a controversial pretender to Thailand’s top job but has the backing of the powerful deputy PM and former defence minister (and luxury watch enthusiast) Prawit Wongsuwon, and was able to gain enough votes to become the head of the Palang Pracharat executive.

After 7 years as Thai PM, Prayut has not signalled any intention to either stand down or given clues to a possible successor.

The mischievous social media posts about Captain Thammanat are probably intended to push the issue of a successor to the prime minister’s job into the national narrative at a time when the current PM is being called out almost daily for his government’s mishandling of many aspects of the vaccine rollout and handling of the country’s Covid-economy.

Read more articles about Thammanat Prompao here…

Thai minister Thammanat Prompao tells parliament he “never pled guilty” or “served time” over heroin drug charges

Thammanat Prompow is cleared to continue serving as an MP and cabinet minister

Deputy PM declares Thammanat Prompow controversy finished

Thammanat Prompaew said to be PPRP’s next secretary-general

Coalition considers demoting clumsy deputy agriculture minister, Thammanat Prompow

Confirmation of Deputy Minister Thammanat, despite drug conviction, draws derision

Thammanat Prompow is cleared to continue serving as an MP and cabinet minister



Get more from The Thaiger

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Hong Kong15 mins ago

Shark alert – llegal Chinese money lenders nailed in Pattaya

Thailand32 mins ago

Bangkok airport shames driver for parking in disabled bay

Politics56 mins ago

Never forget Thailand’s October 6 massacre

Sponsored2 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

Thailand2 hours ago

Angry American man smashes up a Thai man’s car

Travel2 hours ago

What to pack for a holiday in Thailand: The essential packing guide

Politics2 hours ago

Rumours of tension between Prayut and Prawit over flood comments

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Jealous husband allegedly kills wife

Hot News3 hours ago

Taiwan prepares for battle with China

Weather3 hours ago

17 of Thailand’s national parks close waterfalls and attractions due to floods

Hot News3 hours ago

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles in direction of Japan

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand voted No.3 in list of ‘Top Countries In The World 2022’

World3 hours ago

China punishes Taiwan farmers for Pelosi visit

Hot News3 hours ago

US points fingers at Russia and China over North Korea’s latest actions

Things To Do3 hours ago

Immersed in coffee on Ratchadamri Road

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand slowly recovering from high prices & Inflation | GMT

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11