Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi is not backing down in the face of criticism of his planned portrayal of King Mangrai at the Chiang Mai water summit.
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Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi was not backing down in the face of criticism of his planned portrayal of King Mangrai, saying it was the same show he had performed in 10 years ago for the Queen. His also said the costume he had posed in was given to him by the Department of Fine Arts. It was not clear (to me at least) if it was the same costume that he will wear in his performance.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said Mr Plodprasop's comments about arresting protesters was made in jest. Everyone knows, Mr Plodprasop likes to play with words, he said.
Plodprasop to portray ex-king at water summit
Stage show disrespects Mangrai, critics charge
Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi will don full costume and take to the stage in front of international delegates as part of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Chiang Mai, but denies it will be "inappropriate".
In the show on Sunday at Wiang Kum Kam – a restored ancient city in Chiang Mai – Mr Plodprasop will take the lead role of King Mangrai, founder of the Lanna Kingdom who built the city as his capital before moving it to Chiang Mai.
Mr Plodprasop said the show will tell the tale of uncontrollable flooding in Wiang Kum Kam. The flooding prompted the former monarch to dig a moat around his kingdom in Chiang Mai and link it with the Ping River as a form of effective water management.
Hundreds of supporting actors will also be involved, and a full set will be erected on stage.
However, the planned show has come under fire from a heritage group which says it is inappropriate and distorts history.
Mekong-Lanna Cultural Preservation Network adviser Niwat Roikaew says the script is disrespectful to the former king and northern people.
He also says some of the events which will be depicted in the show are not factually correct.
"Portraying himself as King Mangrai is very inappropriate. He seems to be disparaging a person highly respected by northern people," Mr Niwat said.
Mr Plodprasop is also receiving heavy flak on social networks where pictures of him in full costume have been posted. One netizen asked: "I do so pity the country. What is our deputy premier doing?"
However, Mr Plodprasop insisted the show would be truthful. "I'm only one performer among hundreds, but I can confirm the play will not distort history. Those who say otherwise are lying," he said.
The summit began Tuesday at Chiang Mai's International Convention and Exhibition Centre and will conclude on Monday.
Opponents of the government's 350-billion-baht water management scheme plan to hold a protest nearby.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday the summit was an academic meeting on water resources and did not concern the water management scheme.
PM's Office Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan asked the protesters to stay away. "I ask activists to put the national reputation first because this summit is an academic meeting of global importance," he said.
Representatives from more than 50 countries will attend the summit.
Mr Plodprasop, who heads the government's Water Management and Flood Prevention Commission, said Chiang Mai was a major tourist destination and it was not right to stage a protest there, especially if the protesters were not local people.
Mr Plodprasop had earlier threatened to have any protesters at the summit arrested. He also called the rally organisers the "rubbish" of the province.
back down – to take back or remove a demand, an opinion, a panned action etc. that other people are strongly opposed to ยอมตาม
criticism – comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad การวิจารณ์
portrayal – the way that something or someone is shown (in a play, a movie, etc.) การแสดง (เป็นตัว,..)
pose – to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed วางท่าถ่ายรูป
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
arrest – (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
in jest – not meant seriously; meant as a joke พูดตลก, ล้อเล่น
summit – a meeting or series of meetings between leaders of or high-ranking representatives of two or more countries การประชุมสุดยอด
stage – a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, etc. perform เวที
respect – a feeling of admiration that you have for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way ความเคารพ, ความนับถือ
disrespect – to treat someone or something without respect ไม่นับถือ,ไม่มีสัมมาคารวะ
critic – a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly ผู้วิจารณ์, ผู้จับผิด, ผู้วิเคราะห์
charge – to accuse someone of doing something wrong กล่าวหา
don – to put on a piece of clothing ใส่เสื้อ
delegate – a person chosen or elected by a group to speak, vote, etc. for them, especially at a meeting ตัวแทน
deny – to say that something is not true ปฏิเสธ
inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
restore – to repairing and clean something, etc. so that its condition is as good as it originally was ซ่อมแซม, บูรณะ, กลับสู่สภาพปกติ
ancient – very old ที่เก่าแก่ ที่โบราณ
lead – the main part in a play, film/movie, etc; the person who plays this part ตัวเอก, นางเอก, พระเอก
role – an actor's part in a film or play บทละคร
founder – a person who establishes an institution, business, or organisation ผู้ก่อตั้ง
capital – the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from เมืองหลวง
prompt – to cause someone to take action กระตุ้น
monarch – a king or queen กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
moat – a deep wide channel that was dug around a castle, etc. and filled with water to make it more difficult for enemies to attack คูน้ำรอบปราสาทหรือเมือง
link – to connect เชื่อม
effective – producing the result that was intended ได้ผลดี
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
set – a place where a play is performed or part of a film/movie is filmed ฉาก
erect – to put the parts of something together so that it stands upright ตั้งขึ้น
come under fire – to receive strong criticism ถูกวิพากวิจารณ์
heritage – the art, buildings, traditions, and beliefs that a society considers important to its history and culture มรดก ประเพณีที่ตกทอด
distort – to change something such as information so that it is not longer true or accurate บิดเบือน
preservation – keeping something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed การสงวน
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
script – a written text of a play, film/movie, broadcast, talk, etc ตัวเขียน,ต้นฉบับ, บท
disrespectful – showing a lack of respect for somebody/something ที่ไม่เคารพ, ดูหมิ่น
depict – to represent or show something in a picture or story พรรณนา, บรรยายให้เห็นภาพ
disparage – to say unpleasant things about someone or something that show you have no respect for them ดูถูก, ดูหมิ่น
flak – criticism การวิจารณ์, การต่อต้าน
social network – websites or other services on the internet for communication with people who share your interests เครือข่ายสังคม
netizen – a person who uses the Internet a lot พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
pity – to have a strong feeling of sympathy for someone because they are very unhappy or in a bad situation สงสาร
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
lie – to deliberately say something that is not true โกหก, พูดเท็จ
convention – a large formal meeting of people who do a particular job or have a similar interest, or a large meeting for a political party การประชุมใหญ่
exhibition – a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
conclude – to finish; to complete an official agreement or task, or arrange a business deal จบ
opponent – someone who disagrees with you or who is competing against you ผู้ไม่เห็นด้วยกับ, ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
scheme – a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people แผนการ โครงการ
academic – relating to education เชิงวิชาการ
resources – things such as water, coal, trees and oil that exist in nature and can be used by people ทรัพยากร
concern – to be about เกี่ยวกับ
activist – someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation นักกิจกรรม
reputation – the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is ชื่อเสียง
global – throughout the world ทั่วโลก
prevention – preventing something bad from happening การป้องกันภ้ย
commission – a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
destination – the place where someone or something is going จุดหมายปลายทาง
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
threaten – to say that you might do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something ขู่เข็ญ คุกคาม ทำให้กลัว
rubbish – waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed ขยะ