Bangkok Post Reporter Retracts Interview With Yingluck

Update: Prayut coy on Yingluck travel ban – Bangkok Post, November 26, 2014
…Gen Prayut was highly critical of an analogy Ms Yingluck used in her interview with the Bangkok Post on Monday, where she said being elected was like being “handed the car keys” to Thailand and asked to drive.
When the coup-makers seized power Ms Yingluck said it was as though someone had “put a gun to her head” and told her to get out of the car “while she was driving the people forward”.
However, Gen Prayut was unconvinced.
“Who put a gun to her head?” he asked yesterday…

Update: Classic ThaiPBS headline: “PM Prayut critical of Ms Yingluck’s criticism”
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted yesterday that the former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra might be barred from leaving abroad, or even had her financial transactions halted if she continued giving political comments which could led to political unrest in the country…

Bangkok Post Reporter Retracts Interview With Yingluck – Khaosod, November 25, 2014
…Ms. Yingluck was quoted as saying that she was contemplating running in the next election, and that since her first day as Prime Minister she had expected to be ousted either by the military or by one of Thailand’s “independent agencies.” The remarks were considered unusually strong for the former PM, who is known for her modest speeches.
In the article, Yingluck went as far as criticising the military coup, which was by led by former army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha: “It’s the same as if the people handed me the car keys and said I must drive and lead the country. Then suddenly, someone points a gun at my head and tells me to get out of the car while I’m at the wheel driving the people forward.”
The article was later removed from the Bangkok Post’s website and its author, Wassana Nanuam, later wrote on her Facebook that the piece was not based on an interview with Yingluck. Rather, the article was drawn from bits and pieces of private conversations with the former leader, Wassana wrote…

This sounds more like Yingluck: Yingluck says she won’t run in next election, wants to be a social worker – ThaiPBS, November 25, 2014
…She said she still did not know her future and would like to stay in low profile.
She said it became news because it was discussed at informal speaking…

Here is something in Thai: Gen. Prayuth supposedly warning Yingluck over the Bangkok Post interview: Her rights to travel out of the country could be curtailed if she gives interviews like the one in the Post

Here is the retracted article:

Yingluck saw the coup coming – Ex-premier mulls returning to politics and a memoir
Published: 24 Nov 2014 at 06.00 | Viewed: 14,080 | Comments: 18
Newspaper section: News
Writer: Wassana Nanuam

Yingluck Shinawatra said she knew from the day she became prime minister her administration would end up toppled from power in a military coup, just as her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was.

Ms Yingluck, in her first public interview since she was ousted, defended her administration and rejected accusations of corruption, comparing the coup to a carjacking. She also said she has designs on a parliamentary run in 2016 if she is allowed.

Yingluck: ‘Carjacked’ into home-stay, and now mulling a memoir and a future return to politics. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)

“I knew from the first day I was prime minister that if it wasn’t cut short by the independent agencies or the judiciary, it would be a coup,” Ms Yingluck said.

Ms Yingluck has come under fire for a failed rice-subsidy plan that is alleged to have cost the state 600 billion baht in losses.

She faces the prospect of impeachment and possibly a trial in the Supreme Court for alleged dereliction of duty in the scheme.

She rejected any wrongdoing and says she intends to fight the case. The rice-pledging policy benefited the farmers, she said, adding that rice-subsidy policies have been implemented by other governments.

The coup that ended her administration was similar to the one that brought down her brother. Thaksin was driven out of power in the Sept 19, 2006, coup by former army chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin.

It has been six months since Ms Yingluck was ousted from power by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the military junta headed by former army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha who has since replaced her as prime minister.

“I try to keep a low profile, in keeping with the request by the NCPO. These days, I read books, meet up with friends and eat out or go shopping. But it’s not often that I do this. I don’t want to be in the news,” Ms Yingluck said.

She said right now, what she does in life isn’t always up to her.

“Since the coup, someone else has chosen the path I walk for me. I have no idea what other path they might draw up for me. I’m not at all in a position to choose,” Ms Yingluck said, addressing herself as “Poo”, her nickname.

Looking back, she said she has no regrets about her short tenure as premier.

“I did my best to fulfil my duty as a prime minister installed via an election and who preserved democracy,” she said.

“It’s the same as if the people had handed me the car keys and said I must drive and lead the country. Then suddenly, someone points a gun at my head and tells me to get out of the car while I’m at the wheel driving the people forward.”

Ms Yingluck said that if in 2016 there is a general election and she is still qualified to stand, she intends to run for parliament. The NCPO has issued a road map which includes drafting a new charter by the latter half of next year. A general election is expected at the beginning of 2016.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” she said.

Ms Yingluck said she now takes care of the house and looks after her only son, Supasek “Nong Pipe” Amornchat, to fill the time taken up for more than two years by the frenetic schedule of being prime minister.

Whiling away the time, she now cultivates mushrooms in her garden at her home in Bangkok. She said it is soothing to watch what she grows.

She is thinking about writing a book about her life as prime minister. She said she remembers “who did and said what” during her administration, which might be material for the book, if she decides to become an author.

She and her son went on a trip to Japan last month after they were given the green light from the NCPO. There they met with Thaksin.

But Ms Yingluck maintained she has no plans to escape legal cases against her.

“I told Gen Prayut before I took the overseas trips that he should rest assured. I won’t run away,” she said.
Bangkok Post, November 24, 2014

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