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Chuwit tries out his English
- Published: 28 May 2011 at 10.10
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Parliamentary candidate Chuwit Kamolvisit does not know a lot of English, but he was still brave enough to do an interview with the Bangkok Post’s Arglit Boonyai.
I don’t think parliamentary candidate Chuwit Kamolvisit will be angry if I say his English is not very good. Indeed, it is quite bad, but at least he is brave enough to do video interview for everyone to see and hear.
In the transcript below I have changed much of Mr Chuwit actually said to what I think he meant to say. It’s not perfect, but you will certainly understand his main points. I’m sure you’ll agree that Mr Chuwit is fun to listen to and to watch.
Chuwit tries out his English
An interview with the Bangkok Post’s Arglit (Ben) Boonyai
Nobody wants to be the opposition. So I offered to balance things out to add some strength to the opposition side. What is the problem in this country? All the corruption, right?
But this is an old problem, right? Corruption has been apparent in Thailand for a long time, even you, yourself have been quite vocal about your role within corruption. You used to run a massage parlour. You’ve been open about how you used to pay the bribes to police. You know what’s going on, right?
No, this is the point Khun Ben. I did have a massage parlour business. I exited it. If I’m bad (??), I’m bad. I exited it. What is the point? I exited it. You know, but some people don’t accept that they do bad things. There are two kinds of people. People who say they are bad and people who are never bad. I’m bad. I’m not making excuses. Yes, I’m bad. I want to do something good. Can I do it? Massage parlour. Massage parlour. When I say something – massage parlour. And what is the point? What is wrong about this? This point is that no one accepts that they are doing something bad. Some politicians do bad things but they never accept that. They do the airport link with the six P passenger (?). They don’t accept that. It’s the past government’s fault. Not this government.
So, if everyone were to accept their role in corruption and that they’ve been bad before, would that help Thailand move forward.
You know the corruption problem is the basis of this problem. It’s like the Thai people who walk past the spirit house and pay their respects. So when you try to solve this problem, you have to have a very thin line between the seniority and the corruption. Some of them pass the money to their superior because they respect them. What they say is that they respect them. I give them money. It’s the seniority factor in our society. That is one hundred or two hundred years old. I don’t set the rules. It takes time. It won’t be done overnight.
And you, yourself then. Did you change overnight? Are you still involved in any corruption?
No, No, you can see. I changed within one night. And what do I look like? I had to sell everything. I had to get out of the business. The problem is that nobody accepts the truth – especially in the Thai society. They love smart people, white people, clean, you know, like a superstar. And they talk, talk, talk and you believe that. You don’t believe the people like me. People who look like me – people who speak the truth, straightforward. You don’t like it. All the Thai people always say yes, yes, yes, yes…yes, yes, yes, yes. They say yes even when inside they say no, they still say yes.
You’re the head of quite a small party. Most likely, if you get the seat, you’ll be there alone, fighting against all these people all by yourself.
You know, Ben, you know what? The opposition side has no numbers because all the 100 or 200 are on remote control. Someone pushes the button outside the country and then the hundred MPs (raise their hands). And when the button is not pressed, they keep their hands down. So what is the point about 100 or 200 MPs? For what – when someone can push the remote. They don’t think about it themselves. They don’t think about the benefit of the people.
So you genuinely think that most MPs in parliament today are puppets of certain individuals?
No just the MPs – even the leaders.
Even the leaders?
Even the leaders of the political parties. All of them are puppets. You can see the puppets, come on. All of them of them (real leaders?) are behind the curtain and when the time is right, they all show their face. Some ministers maybe the sister-in-law of someone, or maybe a husband or maybe a wife, or maybe his niece, nephew. I don’t known. I wonder how they have the capability to work in a ministerial position. If they worked in my company I would kick them out.
And say that this if this particular party were to come into power, how would you fight this party as the opposition. What would you do to make sure they don’t abuse their positions?
You know, maybe you’re looking at me like a superman. I’m not a superman. A political party for me is a vehicle to bring me to parliament. And yes, I accept that I am only one. And do you think that some political parties have more than one? No. They still have one. Phue Thai. Is that Thaksin? Prachatibat, is that Mr Abhisit? Bhumjai Thai. Isn’t that Mr Newin? Chart Pattana, it’s Mr Banharn. Mr Suwat, he’s only one. Some why do you need more?
You can also see English language interviews with Abhisit Vejjajiva http://bit.ly/lMie7X
and Yingluck Shinawatra http://bit.ly/kSjevt
candidate – a person who is trying to win an elected position ผู้สมัคร
transcript – a written or printed copy of words that have been spoken บันทึก
the opposition – the political party or parties that are not part of the government ฝ่ายค้าน
apparent – clear; able to be seen or understood ซึ่งเห็นได้ชัดว่า
vocal – telling people your opinions or protesting about something loudly and with confidence เฉียบขาด
role – the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship บทบาท
massage – the action of rubbing and pressing a person's body with the hands to reduce pain in the muscles and joints การนวด
massage parlour – a place where you can pay to have a massage โรงนวด,สถานบริการ (อาบ,อบ,นวด)
bribe – money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal สินบน
exit – to leave ออกจาก
accept – to admit that you are responsible or to blame for something ยอมรับการตำหนิ, รับผิดชอบ
excuse – a reason that you give to explain why you have done something bad, or why you have not done something that you should have done ข้อแก้ตัว, ข้ออ้าง
link – a connection การเชื่อมต่อ
fault – the responsibility for something wrong that has happened or been done ข้อผิดพลาด, ข้อบกพร่อง
pay respects – to show deep admiration for someone แสดงความเคารพ
seniority – greater age or a more important social position ที่อาวุโส
superior – someone who holds a higher job or position than you do ผู้บังคับบัญชา
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
overnight – suddenly or quickly, e.g., in one night อย่างรวดเร็ว
smart – looking clean and neat; well dressed in fashionable and/or formal clothes เนี้ยบ, สะอาดและประณีต, น่ามอง, นำสมัย
straightforward – clear and honest ตรงไปตรงมา
benefit – an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help ผลประโยชน์
genuinely – really; sincerely; honestly โดยแท้
puppet – a person who is controlled by someone else คนที่ตกเป็นเครื่องมือของผู้อื่น
individual – a person considered separately rather than as part of a group บุคคล
curtain – a long piece of cloth that hangs down or covers a window ม่าน
minister – a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy รัฐมนตรี
sister-in-law – the sister of your husband or wife. The brother of your husband or wife is your brother-in-law พี่หรือน้องสะใภ้
niece – a daughter of your brother or sister, or a daughter of your husband’s or wife’s brother or sister หลานสาว
capability – the ability to do something ความสามารถ
abuse – the use of something in a bad, dishonest, or harmful way การใช้ในทางที่ผิด
vehicle – something that can be used to express your ideas or feelings or as a way of achieving something เครื่องมือ