By Surasak Tumcharoen
BANGKOK, April 4 (Xinhua) -- A legal adviser of former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra dismissed on Wednesday allegations raised by a foreign correspondent that his boss had continued to pull the strings behind the current Thai government headed by his sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Noppadon Pattama, a former Thai foreign minister and current legal counsel of Thaksin, said the "usual" critic had presented biased and unfounded views against the Shinawatra family.
Noppadon was responding to a South China Morning Post article published Tuesday and written by Philip Cunningham that said the former Thai premier had continued to manipulate Yingluck and other officials of the Thai government.Cunningham also alleged that Thaksin is pushing for stalled bids to enable him to return home and is looking forward to promote his personal agenda.
Thaksin, who remains in exile in Dubai following the 2006 coup that ousted him from power, had assigned Noppadon to monitor criticisms and anti-Thaksin movement in the Thai mainstream media and foreign press.Noppadon said that the SCMP article, entitled "Thaksin keeps talking, but is anyone listening?" was obviously a half-truth-half-lie, misinterpreted and biased" commentary designed to malign Thaksin, describing the newspaper's correspondent as one of the "usual critics" of the former Thai leader.
Cunningham claimed that when Thaksin talks, nobody listens.He, however, admitted that Yingluck was increasingly showing signs of independence from her brother.Noppadon said that the former leader had never manipulated his sister nor influenced the affairs of the present Thai government.
He said that Thaksin had merely given suggestions and morale support for the Thai government since most of the Thais voted the Puea Thai (For Thais) Party into office with his sister becoming head of government following the nationwide polls in 2011.
Noppadon said that as a brother, Thaksin was obviously proud of his sister and has supported her since she decided to enter politics.Noppadan also dismissed speculations that Yaowapa Wongsawat, another sister of Thaksin, had been prepared to stand by as possible replacement for Yingluck in case the prime minister is found guilty by the Supreme Court of asset concealment charges and would be forced to vacate her post.
According to Noppadaon, Yaowapa, who is also spouse of former premier Somchai Wongsawat, is merely running in the by-election on April 21 in her home constituency of Chiang Mai so that she could return to Parliament as a Puea Thai MP.
Yaowapa was once viewed as leader of a Wang Bua Ban(Blooming- Lotus Palace) faction inside the dissolved Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais) Party. Enditem