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Southern singer threatens to sue Prayut over Bt5,000 payments

May 15. 2020
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By THE NATION

Popular southern singer Poonsak Chongrak, aka Sorn Roisiang, threatened to sue Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday (May 15), after his application for the government’s Bt5,000 relief payments under the “Rao Mai Thing Gun” (We do not leave anyone behind) campaign was rejected.

The singer said he has been unable to make income from concerts ever since the government banned social gatherings to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The singer said he had applied for the payments by filling in the website form, but was refused when the screening process identified him as a farmer, who are not eligible for the cash.

The singer then complained to his local Phalang Pracharat Party politician, and appealed his case through the website. However, he said on Thursday that his appeal had been rejected, with the system once again classifying him as a farmer.

Poonsak said he had previously checked his information with a district agricultural extension office, and found he was recorded as a farmer despite never having registered as such.

“I told officials to remove my registration, but I was still refused the Bt5,000,” he said.

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