11 July 2024

A leading Thai arms manufacturer Chaiseri Metal and Rubber Co has denied any connection with an arms dealer alleged to be involved in an assassination attempt against Myanmar Ambassador to Kyaw Moe Tun.

Vice president of Chaiseri Metal and Rubber Co Dr. Noparath Koolhiran, told Thai PBS World that the allegation came as a major surprise to her as she had no knowledge of the person alleged to be behind the assassination plot.

“Our company has been working for the (Thai) army for more than 50 years. We have been doing maintenance work for the military. We have never known anything of this sort. We have nothing to do with it. We want to clarify that our company has never been involved at all,” she said.

Quoting Myanmar news website “Myanmar Now,”  Thai PBS on Sunday reported that the assassination plot against Kyaw Moe Tun was linked to an arms dealer in Thailand who has connections with an arms manufacturer in Thailand. Myanmar Now mentioned the name of Chaseri Metal and Rubber Co.

“How could we be involved in this?  The allegation about the connection (with Chaiseri) was apparently intended to implicate someone. And that makes me feel very uneasy,” said Dr. Noparath.

Dr. Noparath said after the report was published, she has received numerous phone calls inquiring about it.  She said the calls included those from parliamentarians and government officials. She said the report published by Thai PBS World has caused serious damage to her company and her family.

(Thai PBS World apologizes for the reference to Chaiseri Metal and Rubber Co. and the damage it has caused)