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Former National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri believes his dismissal was unfair, his new job unsuitable and now he's trying to do something about it. 


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Unhappy man

Former National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri

Former National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri is an unhappy man.

He has been forced out of his job to make way for national police chief Wichean Potephosree who, in turn, is making way for Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong to take over his job.

Worse yet, Mr Thawil has been given an advisory post at the PM's Office, a job he says does not suit him and a job Pol chief Wichean had rejected earlier.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr Thawil says he is planning to appeal against his transfer order to the PM's Office with the Civil Service Commission's Merit Systems Protection panel.

He said the transfer order needs a review because it has no legal basis.

"I've been removed for a reason which has nothing to do with my ability or any shortcomings. The prime minister even said I did nothing wrong," he said.

Mr Thawil said that he would lodge his petition with the Merit Systems Protection panel as soon as possible – maybe within this week.

"The [merit protection] system is intended to be a deterrent to [abuse of authority]. I never thought I would have to seek legal protection," he said.

He was unhappy with a certain political office holder who he said seemed to harbour ill-intent towards him.

Mr Thawil was apparently referring to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung who suggested the former NSC chief initiate the transfer process himself.

According to Mr Chalerm, Mr Thawil was unfit to work with the Pheu Thai-led administration.

Meanwhile, Mr Chalerm said he did not mean to ridicule Mr Thawil, and apologised for causing any bad feelings.

"I don't hate him. But when a political change occurs, it must be a change. I will assign him if important issues come up," he said.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Pradit Ruangdit.

National Security Council – a government body which deals with security matters that require cabinet action or present a serious threat to the country's sovereignty สำนักงานสภาความมั่นคงแห่งชาติ
chief (executive) – the person with the highest rank in a company or an organisation ผู้บริหารสูงสุด
make way – to allow somebody/something to take the place of somebody/something; to allow somebody/something to pass ให้ทาง, หลีก
in turn – one after the other in a particular order; as a result of something in a series of events ตามลำดับ
advisory – having the role of giving professional advice ที่เกี่ยวกับการให้คำปรึกษา
post – a job in a company or organisation ตำแหน่งการงาน
suit – to be right or good for somebody/something   เหมาะกับ
reject – to not agree with a request, offer or proposal ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
appeal – a request that a decision be changed อุทธรณ์
transfer – to change someone’s job or responsibilities โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
civil service – the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action ราชการพลเรือน.
commission – an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government  คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
merit – the quality of being good and of deserving praise, reward or admiration บุญ, คุณความดี, คุณค่า
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
basis – the important facts, ideas or events that support something; the reason why people take a particular action รากฐาน, หลักพื้นฐาน, หลัก
ability – a level of skill or intelligence ความสามารถม กังวลใจ
shortcoming – a fault in somebody's character, a plan, a system, etc. จุดอ่อน, ปมด้อย
lodge – to formally make something such as a complaint or a claim  ยื่น (คำร้อง)
lodge a petition – to make a formal request of someone in authority การร้องเรียน, การยื่นคำร้อง
intended – planned; wanted to happen  ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
deterrent – something that makes people decide not to do something by making them realize that something unpleasant could happen to them  ซึ่งขัดขวาง, ซึ่งยับยั้ง
abuse of authority – the use of power in a bad, dishonest or unlawful way การใช้อำนาจในทางที่ผิด
harbour – to keep a particular thought or feeling in your mind for a long time
ill-intent – deliberately planning to do something bad or harmful เจตนาร้าย  
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
initiate – to start something or make it start  ริเริ่ม
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
unfit – not suitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
administration – government รัฐบาล
ridicule – to make somebody/something look silly by laughing at them or it in an unkind way เยาะเย้ย, ล้อเลียน
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for cause a problem ขอโทษ
assign – to give a person a particular task or position มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น

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