From the Thai-language press: Reactions to Thaksin's 'X' - August 27, 2005
Manager: The PM
meets the mass media for the first time (at the
weekly press conference) and specified that he will
answer routine questions. He insisted that the Southern
problem is a domestic case and other Muslim countries
understand this well. He mentioned 'Romli' as a
big cause of the turmoil. [Romli is MP Aree Uttarapen's
brother, member of Wadah group. Last week Romli
was accused of being involved in the unrest.] He
repeated there is less corruption, but it seems
much more so because they are investigating more.
He had spoken for an hour before training the media
group that they should ask "constructive"
questions (by sign an 'X' sign). He claimed the
accusation of the Bangkok Post made it lose its
Dailynews: "Maew" [nickname of
Thaksin] discusses with the mass media at the first
weekly press conference and clears the queue of
questions. Then he took a "true-false"
sign and raised it when he answered questions like
playing on a Japanese game show.
After answer questions from the media for one hour,
he told that he got the sign from his son "Oak"
who bought it in Japan. So "Maew" brought
it with him to play with the mass media so there
will not be too much too tension because each question
makes him feel tired.
Matichon: The PM meets the media
in the first press conference and surprises by being
open to reporters to ask him every issue. But if
he did not want to answer, he raised an X
sign and presses a buzzing sound before saying it
is not a constructive question. He explained the
plan to discuss the FTA Thai-Japan meeting Prime
Minister Koizumi and cooperate to make it a success.
He also said he urged solving high gas prices by
exchanging jasmine rice with NGV gas from China.
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