The maturity of the candidates for the prime ministerial position - translated and summarized from Thai Rath, November 12, 2007
At present, many parliamentary candidates are fighting hard to get a healthy share of the votes in the December 23 General Election. There are - however - some candidates who wish to garner as many votes as possible from people, but who conduct themselves in an improper manner. An infamous example of such behavior is Samak Sundaravej, the leader of Palang Prachachon Party (PPP). Khun Samak has taken to talking to journalists in an impolite manner, and it is often said that he is a complete anathema to the media corps. Indeed, his actions and his words seem to reflect negatively on both his level of maturity and the integrity of his political views. He has also scolded - with rude words - those TV stations that have reported his conduct to the general public.