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Miss Universe Thailand gets chop as ambassador

Miss Universe Thailand gets chop as ambassador

THAILAND: The Department of Mental Health has sacked Miss Universe Thailand 2020, Amanda Obdam, as its mental health ambassador, citing public concerns about the beauty queen’s views on the country’s political situation.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 11:14AM

Phuket’s Amanda Obdam took to her social media account to express her disapproval of all forms of violence. Photo: Miss Universe Thailand.

Phuket’s Amanda Obdam took to her social media account to express her disapproval of all forms of violence. Photo: Miss Universe Thailand.

Her dismissal was announced in a press release published on the department’s official Facebook page, with immediate effect.

The statement quoted the department’s director-general, Panpimol Wipulakorn, as saying the department’s mental health ambassador should not do anything which may cause conflict and division in Thai society - in an apparent reference to Amanda’s stance on the recent political unrest gripping the nation.

The 28-year-old Thai-Canadian model from Phuket was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2020 on Oct 10 last year, when anti-government protests were beginning to escalate. On Oct 16 - as authorities dispersed anti-government protesters in Bangkok - she took to her social media account to express her disapproval of all forms of violence.

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Amanda became the department’s mental health ambassador, as the department had agreed with the pageant’s organisers to name the winner as an ambassador.

In the statement, Dr Panpimol rejected reports that the decision to appoint Amanda as the department’s mental health ambassador on Feb 25 was “a favour” to anyone - saying she was chosen with the task of encouraging people to be good listeners and raising public awareness on mental health problems in the country.

Thanyawat Kamonwongwat, a Move Forward Party MP, said the decision to strip Amanda of her ambassador role was taken after she aired her political views, which reflected the government’s authoritarian nature.

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ThorFinger | 03 March 2021 - 20:43:09

Yes, we don't want anyone intelligent or mentally stable personally commenting on violence do we? There could be a chance she shows how mentally unstable are those whose perpetuate the violence and cowardly bullying. 

Kurt | 03 March 2021 - 12:31:17

A clear proof/declaration of General Prayut's authoritarian Government.
Not even democratic thinking accepted. No personal views of people accepted. How dare you as a ordinary citizen to condemn government violence as a tool to keep in power?

Fascinated | 03 March 2021 - 11:40:24

How dare someone have an opinion! Its almost as if this isn't a democracy. Oh- hang on....................


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