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Supporters create Facebook page for beleagered Deputy PM Prawit

Aug 28. 2018
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By The Nation

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A new Facebook page has been created to support and defend Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who has been embattled with damaging scandals recently.

The page is in Thai and its title is translated as “Uncle Pom’s Lovely Side”. Pom is General Prawit’s nickname.

Newly created on August 23, the page has attracted more than 800 followers and a post announces that it is run by “a group of people who support Uncle Pom”.

There are also posts containing messages in support of Prawit, news reports in favour of the ruling junta, and video clips defending Prawit against allegations. One of the videos is about the wristwatch scandal, in which Prawit claimed the more than two dozen luxury watches he was spotted wearing in recent years were borrowed from his now-deceased wealthy friend.

The webpage described Prawit, who is in charge of the government’s security affairs, as a reliable man who has been trusted by the armed forces for over five decades, and also a former commander well loved by his colleagues and “brothers” in the Army.

Prawit has faced backlash from his comments on controversial issues, such as the death of a military cadet under suspicious circumstances and the capsizing of a tour boat in which many Chinese tourists drowned.

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