11 July 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted that he had perhaps misjudged female Thai rapper Danupha “Minnie” Khanatheerakul, a.k.a. Milli, and now praises the young artist for helping to promote Thailand at the world-famous Coachella music festival in California.

Palang Pracharath MP for Nakhon Sawan province Nirote Sunthornlekha said yesterday (Thursday) that the prime minister admitted he was loaded with so much work that he occasionally makes mistakes, which have been pointed out by Danupha previously. According to Nirote, Gen. Prayut said he would reconsider his conduct.

The government chief whip said that the prime minister appreciates Danupha’s performance at the music festival, during which she ate mango sticky rice, which has helped promote the Thai dessert internationally.

Nonetheless, Danupha had also referred the Thai Government as being “rotten” during her appearance at the festival.

Last July, Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn issued a warning to artists and celebrities in Thailand who criticise the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Danupha, claiming that their claims could be distorted and be construed as fake news.

Police were instructed to investigate critics of the government and, as a result, Danupha was served a summons to acknowledge a defamation charge against her and paid a fine of 2,000 baht on July 22nd.