Thai PM Prayut loses his cool minutes after Supreme Patriarch urges him to calm down
BANGKOK, Jan 2 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who frequently loses his cool in public, received a blessing from the Supreme Patriarch on New Year’s Day along with some advice.
“Take it easy,” Thailand’s top monk told the PM.
The advice was given when Prayut visited the Supreme Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan to present a New Year’s offering.
After leaving the temple, Prayut told reporters that the Supreme Patriarch discussed Buddhism with him and gave him a few tips.
Prayut said he was advised to keep calm and pull himself together.
The advice did not have an immediate effect.
Prayut became visibly irritated when reporters persistently asked him to explain what the Supreme Patriarch meant when he advised the premier to remain calm.
“The Supreme Patriarch didn’t say I’m hot-headed,” Prayut said. “That’s not what he meant.”
He then explained: “I have to deal with a lot of issues, so the Supreme Patriarch told me to pull myself together and avoid becoming irritated. I replied to the Supreme Patriarch that I’ve been trying.”
Prayut continued: “I’m not a person who gets angry out of the blue.”
He frequently loses his cool in public, especially when reporters ask him to comment on controversial issues.
His opponents and critics often ridicule his irate responses, saying they are merely a smoke screen for his inability to answer questions from reporters or MPs in Parliament.
Prayut scowled when a reporter asked him whether he had set a high goal for the New Year. Instead of answering the question, Prayut turned to wave to people inside the temple’s compound.
When pressed about whether he had any special concerns for this year, Prayut sounded irritated and then quizzed the reporter.
“And you? Do you have any concerns? Are you concerned when you ask me this kind of question? If you have concerns, please help me solve the issues. If not, don’t help me,” he said.
When asked what kind of New Year present he wanted, the prime minister replied that he wanted to see the country remain peaceful and to continue its progress towards sustainable prosperity. – The Nation Thailand/ANN
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