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Contestant accused of flag abuse

BANGKOK: Police action has been sought against Miss Universe Thailand Anchilee Scott-Kemmis for standing on what looks like a Thai flag in a picture featured on the pageant organiser’s website.


By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 09:37AM


A picture of Miss Universe Thailand Anchilee Scott-Kemmis standing on what appears to be a Thai flag. Photo: Miss Universe Thailand

A picture of Miss Universe Thailand Anchilee Scott-Kemmis standing on what appears to be a Thai flag. Photo: Miss Universe Thailand

The action was filed with Pol Lt Gen Samran Nuanma, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB), via the bureau’s office by Sonthiya Sawasdee, a former adviser to the House committee on law, justice and human rights on Tuesday (Nov 23), reports the Bangkok Post.

Mr Sonthiya accused Anchilee of breaching the 1979 Flag Act and the PM’s Office announcement banning the use of national flags for commercial purposes.

The picture, which depicts the beauty queen striking a pose on painted stripes resembling the colours of the national flag, was released online in a promotional campaign before Anchilee competes in the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Israel on Dec 12.

Mr Sonthiya said he wanted the MPB to investigate the alleged abuse of the flag so as not to set a bad example for young people, as Anchilee has a large following on social media.

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He said the reigning Miss Universe Thailand may be unaware that standing on a national flag is deemed inappropriate. He was curious to know if the pageant had secured prior permission from the PM’s Office in using the image of the flag for the picture.

He insisted he would not be seeking any jail terms, but was merely taking measures to protect the prestige of the national flag.

Meanwhile, Decha Kittiwitthayanan, head of the Thanai Klai Took lawyers’ network, said offences against the national flag carry a maximum jail term of two years, a fine of up to B40,000 or both. However, he did not think Anchilee would be held criminally accountable as she does not appear to have any ill intentions.

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JohnC | 24 November 2021 - 10:31:50

Another clueless high up official who should be put out to pasture before he can do any more harm to the country. There must be an 'inactive post' in outback Nakorn Nowhere to hide this joke of a man.

Fascinated | 24 November 2021 - 09:48:19

Rather that being happy for her success these dinosaur blowhards just want to demonstrate their toadyism. Does he really think those at the top will give him big face for bullying a woman? Hang on- in the current situation unfortunately they probably will. Its people like him and his cronies who  set the bad examples to young people with their arrogance and cronyism, not a young lady.

 

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