11 July 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today came to the defence of BNK48 all-girls music ban leader Cherprang Areekul against criticism from anti-junta elements that she was being used as a tool of the government’s propaganda.

He said he had sympathy for the young girl who just wanted to do something for the good of the country without demanding any benefits in return.

He questioned what was wrong for a girl to act as a government spokesman to publicize the government work instead of him doing all the talking. Gen Prayut admitted that some people are bored with his talking or don’t like his style of talking which is sometimes is seen as being too aggressive.

The prime minister said he gave moral support to Cherprang and urged her not to bow to pressure from critics. 

“Doing good deeds can be done any time, every duty, every activity.  Do your duty the best you can for our country and the people,” he said.

Hitting back at her critics, the prime minister said most of them were fugitives taking refuge in foreign lands.

A day earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan also came out to offer moral support to the young music heartthrob who starred in one of the daily government’s public relations programmes on TV.