Friday, June 18, 2021

in-focus

Ex-PM Thaksin joins Clubhouse, talks about battling Covid-19


Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra recently joined the popular social media application “Clubhouse”, the CARE Movement announced on its Facebook page on Monday.

3,153

View

Clubhouse, an exclusive social networking app, is becoming increasingly popular among Thai netizens.This application gained in popularity during the Covid-19 outbreak when most people were forced to stay at home.

Its trendiness was also pushed by celebrity users such as Elon Musk, Jared Leto, Kanye West and exiled Thai scholar Pavin Chachavalpongpun.

CARE said Thaksin would be a special guest at Monday night’s forum, along with former ministers in his government -- Surapong Suebwonglee, Prommin Lertsuridej, Chaturon Chaisang and Pichai Naripthaphan.

“Thaksin would appear under the name 'Tony Woodsame', as Tony is the name he had used while studying abroad,” said CARE.

During the forum, according to CARE, Thasin talked about his experience of contracting Covid-19 and then recovering from the disease, as well as the origin of the “Bt30 cure all” policy that his Thai Rak Thai Party came up with to tackle the country’s healthcare problems.

When asked what he would do if he were still the PM and faced with protesters just like in the current situation, Thaksin said: “Political rallies in Thailand are caused by young people starting to become uncertain about their future. The government must communicate with these young protesters based on reason, as well as find ways to make Thailand open and free.”

Published : February 23, 2021

By : THE NATION