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Prasit Chaisrisa, a Pheu Thai Party MP for Surin and one of the party’s chief defenders during censure debates, went a little too far in his objection to an accusation by Democrat Party MP Rangsima Rodrassami.
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(Left) Prasit Chaisrisa, a Pheu Thai Party MP for Surin, raises his hand in protest during the censure debate. He was accused of verbally harassing Democrat Party MP Rangsima Rodrassami (Right). POST TODAY photos.
Sexual remark censored
Censure debate watchers will immediately recognise Prasit Chaisrisa, a Pheu Thai MP for Surin province, as one of his party's chief defenders.
He raises his hand regularly to object against accusations made by the opposition Democrats, sometimes in rather "colourful" language.
Yesterday, his speech was a bit too colourful, even for his fellow party members.
Mr Prasit was involved in a heated exchange with Democrat Party MP Rangsima Rodrassami after she accused the Ground Water Resources Department of irregularities and mishandling the flood relief projects.
During her speech, Ms Rangsima gave information about alleged corrupt practices and on one occasion spoke about a dream, prompting Mr Prasit to rise in protest.
Mr Prasit said Ms Rangsima could not cite her dream when accusing the government of malpractice: "What would Ms Rangsima say if I said that in my dream I slept with her?" he said.
Mr Prasit's remark drew protests from several female members of the opposition.
Democrat MP for Trang Sathit Wongnongtoey asked that Mr Prasit withdraw his statement.
House Deputy Speaker Charoen Chankomol, who was in the chair at the time, told Mr Prasit to retract his remark. He agreed.
That didn't satisfy Mr Sathit who later posted on his Twitter page that Mr Charoen had agreed to have the House ethics committee investigate Mr Prasit's behaviour.
If found guilty, Mr Prasit could be reprimanded and a petition might be sent to the Office of the Ombudsman to seek his removal, Mr Sathit said.
He also posted a message saying that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should weigh in on the matter.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
censure – to express strong criticism or disapproval ตำหนิ, ติเตียน
censure debate – formally criticising a cabinet minister or the full cabinet in a parliamentary session after which members vote to support or reject the การอภิปรายไม่ไว้วางใจ
accuse – to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime กล่าวหา
verbally – using words ทางคำพูด
harass – to attack or annoy someone รบกวน, ทำให้ลำบากใจ
remark – something said คำพูด
censor – to remove the parts of a book, film/movie, etc. that are considered to be offensive, immoral or a political threat ตัดออกด้วยอำนาจของผู้ตรวจสอบ
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
recognise – to know who a person is จำได้ รู้จัก
chief – main; most important หลัก,สำคัญ
defender – a person who defends and believes in protecting something ผู้ป้องกัน,ผู้ปกป้อง,ผู้พิทักษ์
object – to disagree with คัดค้าน
opposition – of a political party that is not part of the government ฝ่ายค้าน
colourful – interesting or exciting; full of variety, sometimes in a way that is slightly shocking มีสีสัน
fellow – of a person that you work with or that is like you ซึ่งอยู่เป็นกลุ่มเดียวกัน
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
heated – angry โกรธ, ฉุนเฉียว
exchange – an angry conversation การโต้เถียง, การถกเถียง
irregularity – a situation in which the rules, laws, or usual ways of doing things have not been followed การปฏิบัติที่ไม่เป็นไปตามระเบียบปกติ
mishandle – to deal with a situation or process badly or without enough care ทำผิด, จัดการอย่างไม่ถูก
relief – money, food, medicine etc. that is given to help people in places where there has been a natural disaster, war, etc. เครื่องบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
practice – a way of doing something การปฏิบัติ
prompt – to cause someone to take action กระตุ้น
cite – to mention something as an example กล่าวถึง
malpractice – careless or criminal behaviour by someone with a professional or official job การประพฤติผิดต่อหน้าที่
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
withdraw – to take away ถอน
House Speaker – the person who is in charge of most of the activities of the House of Representatives ประธานสภาผู้แทนราษฎร
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
retract – to say that something that you previously said or wrote is not true ถอนคำพูด
satisfy – to make somebody pleased by doing or giving them what they want ทำให้พอใจ
ethics – a set of principles people use to decide what is right and what is wrong จริยธรรม
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
behaviour – the way that someone acts or behaves พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว
find guilty – to prove in a court of law that someone has committed a crime พิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิด
reprimand – to tell someone officially and in a serious way that something they have done is wrong ตำหนิ, ว่ากล่าว
petition – a request of someone in authority to do something คำร้อง
ombudsman – an official whose job is to examine and report on complaints made by ordinary people about companies, the government or public authorities ผู้ตรวจการของรัฐสภา
removal – taking something away, in this case, a position of MP การเอาออกจาก
weigh in – to join in a discussion, an argument, an activity, etc. by saying something important, persuading somebody, or doing something to help แสดงความคิดเห็น
matter – something that you are discussing, considering or dealing with สิ่งที่พูดถึง ประเด็นที่พูดถึง