Connect with us


Angry Phuketians slam professor



Angry Phuketians slam professor | Thaiger

PHUKET: A university professor in Bangkok has so angered some people in Phuket with his remarks to a magazine that a petition is being raised to try to pressure the professor to withdraw his remarks and apologize. The professor, Dr Poowadon Songprasert of Kasetsart University, made the remarks about Luang Por Cham, the much-revered abbot of Wat Chalong at the turn of the last century, in an interview with the magazine “Thaicoon”. Songwut Hongyok, a member of the Pattana Tongtin faction in the Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), slammed Dr Poowadon for calling the Luang Por “an example of dubious figures in Thailand”. He told the Gazette, “[Dr Poowadon] said that after the ‘investigation’, he doesn’t see why the Luang Por should be respected; that he was only a Pra Karn Muang [a political monk]. Investigation? What investigation was he talking about? “I don’t see how that could be. Look at it this way. If he was not really a good person, how could he have been given the title of Pra by the Royal Court? This could get [Dr Poowadon] in trouble if the Court knew about it. “If you don’t believe or agree with something [that others strongly believe], the least you can do is not to talk ill about it,” he added. K. Songwut and his supporters want Dr Poowadon to come to Phuket and ask forgiveness from the Luang Por himself and to apologize to the people of Phuket. The location for signing the petition will be announced some time tomorrow, K. Songwut said, adding that it will be in Phuket Town, either at the Lan Nawamin park on Phuket Road, or at Saphan Hin. The signed petition will be sent to the Ministry of University Affairs.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Politics4 mins ago

Gen-Z students oppose an unelected senate 17 to 1

Thailand11 mins ago

Foreigner allegedly using dogs to scam Chiang Mai locals

Cannabis News28 mins ago

Tourist breaks Singaporean law by consuming cannabis in Thailand

Sponsored4 hours ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Northern Thailand39 mins ago

Large, endangered Indochinamon Bhumibol crab spotted

Thailand1 hour ago

Foreigner caught stealing luggage at Bangkok airport

Philippines2 hours ago

Tropical Storm Noru hits the Philippines, 5 rescue workers killed

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Travel2 hours ago

Thai drinks you must try while in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Passengers stranded after airport train breaks down

Cannabis News2 hours ago

Prices plummet on cannabis, farmers ask for regulation

Weather3 hours ago

Heavy rain warning in 48 provinces of Thailand

Politics3 hours ago

Unlikely Biden will make APEC meeting in Thailand

Press Room3 hours ago

The Asia Fitness Conference 2022: A must-attend event for fitness enthusiasts and professionals

Thailand4 hours ago

Thai Airways releases details of winter flights itinerary

Thailand4 hours ago

Tourist Attractions To Open For Longer Hours | GMT

Property News4 hours ago

Phuket real estate shifts tide in wake of urban flight

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