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- Published: 19 Apr 2012 at 10.07
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Sleepy lawmakers started to pay attention to the charter amendment debate yesterday, when a photo of a half-naked Asian woman appeared repeatedly on a large-screen TV monitor in the chamber.
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A sleepy parliament came to life when this photo suddenly appeared on a chamber monitor. CHANAT KATANYU
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The lengthy debate in the House of Representatives over the process of amending the constitution has not been especially exciting.
Lawmakers have been seen dozing off, or even looking at naughty photographs on their smart-phones to kill time.
Yesterday's session, however, suddenly came to life during a speech by Pirapan Saleerathavibhagha, a Democrat Party list MP.
As Mr Pirapan was speaking, House members were surprised when a picture of a nicely-dressed Asian woman appeared on a TV monitor to the left of Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont.
Make that "half-dressed". The woman was wearing a white shirt covering the top half of her body, but nothing covering the lower part.
The woman had her legs spread with her hand covering her genitals.
The picture appeared three times and lasted about five seconds each time, replacing pictures of the chamber. Shocked House officials eventually turned off all the screens.
Sanong Thepnarong-aksorn, a Bhumjaithai MP for Buri Ram, rose to protest, asking the House speaker to check and explain.
Warong Dejkijwikrom, a Democrat MP for Phitsanulok, asked the speaker to set up a committee to investigate before coming to any conclusion.
Mr Somsak agreed, and assigned the House secretariat to do so.
An unidentified MP was caught by an unnamed photographer looking at an erotic photo on his cell phone during the House meeting yesterday.
Khamphi Ditthakorn, deputy secretary-general of the House who supervises the parliament’s AV system, said that the four, 55-inch plasma displays in the debating chamber are Wi-fi enabled.
He noted that any of the numerous visitors to parliament yesterday could have hacked into the system.
This morning, however, Thai Rath online is reporting that the culprits are likely careless control room staff who were viewing a CD with pornographic photos. The investigation is continuing.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
chamber – a room used for the particular purpose ห้อง, ห้องผู้พิพากษา, ห้องสำนักงานทนายความ
debate – a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject การอภิปราย, การโต้วาที, การถกเถียง
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน
amend – to make changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. especially in order to improve it การแก้ไข
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
doze off – to fall asleep for a short time งีบหลับไป, หลับไปโดยไม่รู้ตัว
naughty – not appropriate; involving or suggesting sex ไม่เหมาะสม, เก่งในทางซุกซนหรือในทางไม่สู้ดี
session – a formal meeting of an institution such as a parliament or a court การประชุม
(party) list (proportional representation system) – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
(House) Speaker – the person who is in charge of most of the activities of the House of Representatives ประธานสภาผู้แทนราษฎร
spread – to move your arms, legs, fingers, etc. far apart from each other แยกออก, เปิด
genitals – a person's sex organs that are outside their body อวัยวะสืบพันธุ์, ของลับ
last – to continue to be used; to continue to exist; ทนทาน, สืบต่อไป
replace – to put something new in place of something old นำสิ่งใหม่มาใช้แทน
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
rise (past form: rose) – to get up from a lying, sitting or kneeling position ลุกขึ้น
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
conclusion – something that you decide is true after consider all the evidence and thinking about it carefully การสรุป,บทสรุป
erotic – showing or involving sexual desire and pleasure; intended to make somebody feel sexual desire ซึ่งกระตุ้นความรู้สึกทางเพศ
assign – to give someone a job to do มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
secretariat – a group of senior people within a government or organisation สำนักเลขาธิการ
supervise – to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly ดูแล ควบคุม
enabled – that can be used with a particular system or technology, especially the Internet
numerous – many มากมาย
hack – to secretly find a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission การใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ไปในทางที่ผิดกฎหมาย เช่น แอบขโมยข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ในเครือข่าย
culprit – someone who has done something wrong ผู้กระทำความผิด
careless – not giving enough attention and thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes ไม่ระมัดระวัง, ประมาท
pornographic – describing or showing naked people and sexual acts in order to make people feel sexually excited, especially in a way that many other people find offensive ลามก