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DPM Prawit tight-lipped since joking about Nairobi attack

DPM Prawit tight-lipped since joking about Nairobi attack

THAILAND: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has not spoken to reporters for two days, since being criticised for treating the deadly terrorist attack on a Nairobi hotel as a joke.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 18 January 2019, 04:49PM


Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon jokes about the Nairobi terrorist attack to reporters yesterday (Jan 17). Photo: Bangkok Post

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon jokes about the Nairobi terrorist attack to reporters yesterday (Jan 17). Photo: Bangkok Post

The prime minister and the foreign minister, meanwhile, have offered their condolences to the victims and their families.

Gen Prawit, who is also defence minister, chaired a meeting on the management of marine and coastal resources at Government House today (Jan 18). He smiled, silently accepted reporters' greetings but did not talk to them, either before or after the meeting.

Officials at the government spokesman’s office asked reporters not to interview Gen Prawit. At Government House, police blocked reporters from approaching him.

Gen Prawit has kept his silence being strongly criticised for his remarks on Wednesday in response to reporters’ questions about the the terrorist attack at the DusitD2 Hotel in the capital of Kenya on Tuesday.

He said it was okay” as long as no Thais died in the attack on the resort and spa, and when a reporter asked why a Thai-managed hotel was the target, he jokingly attributed it to its delicious food.

His military close aide said today that Gen Prawit had intended the remark only as an aside with the reporters.

On Thursday Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai extended their condolences to Kenya.

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“I have learnt with deep sorrow of the incident concerning a group of armed assailants attacking the Dusit Complex on 15 January 2019, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives and injuries,” Gen Prayut wrote to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Thailand, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to Your Excellency, and through you, to the bereaved families of those who were affected by this terrorist act. Thailand remains firmly committed to cooperating closely with the international community in the global fight against terrorism.”

To Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma, Mr Don wrote “I am shocked and saddened to learn of the incident concerning a group of armed assailants attacking the Dusit Complex 15 January 2019.

“During this moment of sorrow and bereavement, please allow me to extend to Your Excellency and the people of the Republic of Kenya my profound condolences for this terrible loss. Thailand wishes to express our commitment to cooperate with the Government and the people of the Republic of Kenya to fight against terrorism.”

Men armed with guns and explosives burst into the Dusit2 hotel complex in Nairobi on Tuesday, killing 21 people and injuring others in an attack that lasted hours and ended on Wednesday morning.

Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was a response to US President Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Pascale | 22 January 2019 - 21:49:10

Hahaha,cant stop laughing.This website and his serial poster is so entertaining. First 7000 dead people in 7 years and now Mr.Prawit is the 3rd richest person in Asia. It can't get any better.How will his constant defender react now ?

DeKaaskopp | 22 January 2019 - 20:17:21

K,you can jabber forever about your readings on BP.Intelligent people would have typed in the following on google etc.and would have done a search: 10 richest people in Asia or 10 richest people in Thailand. The result would show them that Prawit  is nowhere near the top 10. But this is definitely a task to high for you.

Jor12 | 22 January 2019 - 19:26:34

Yes it is wrong. Stop posting your stupid nonsense, you're only embarrassing yourself.  Hell, even I have more money than Prawit, but I'm not one of 10 wealthiest persons in Asia

Kurt | 22 January 2019 - 13:56:14

Khun D.. should scroll back in BangkokPost to update himself about the wealth of DPM Prawit. Pom Prawit is nr 3 among the 10 wealthiest persons in Asia. Is that wrong?

DeKaaskopp | 21 January 2019 - 21:40:10

"one of the 10 richest persons in Asia" What an utter nonsense again! He is not even one of the 10 richest Thai people. Someone should sue that poster for his constant false statements.

Jor12 | 21 January 2019 - 14:57:53

Give him a call and give your expert opinion on how to solve the matter.

Kurt | 21 January 2019 - 09:08:49

DPM/ Minister of Defence Prawit better spend his energy on fighting and isolating the thai terrorists in the south of Thailand. End there the murder of innocent men, women, children and monks. Less talks, less show off how rich he is ( 1 of the 10 richest persons in Asia), and more 'job action', if he is not to old for that yet. More than 7000 killings in about 7 years time is not a joke.

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