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The PM talks about amnesty bill

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has just given a formal statement to the press regarding the controversial amnesty bill that has passed the House of Representatives and about to be considered by the Senate. 

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Prime Minister Yingluck gives a formal statement on the amnesty bill, saying it should be up to the Senate to decide. CHANAT KATANUY

The PM talks about amnesty bill

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has just given a formal statement to the press regarding the controversial amnesty bill that has passed the House of Representatives and is about to be considered by the Senate.

She asked people to allow the legislative process to go forward and let the Senate carry out its duty in scrutinising the bill. She said no one would dare to interfere in the process

If the Senate rejects it, she said she was sure the members of the House would accept it.

Photo by Chanat Katanyu

She said that the bill was put forward in the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness and was not intended to be divisive. It has passed through the normal parliamentary process. Still, she admitted, it had caused controversy, but not all of the criticism was fair.

She accused some critics of the bill as distorting its contents for political gain. She said it was not a money bill as claimed (presumably because former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra might get his seized assets back) nor did it have anything to do with condoning corruption. That is a totally separate issue she said.

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Vocabulary:

accuse: to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime - กล่าวหา

admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

amnesty: a situation in which a government agrees not to punish, or to no longer punish, people who have committed a particular crime - การนิรโทษกรรม

assets: things owned, especially property and money - สินทรัพย์

bill: a proposal for a law - ร่างกฎหมาย

condone: to approve of behaviour that most people think is wrong - ยอม,ไม่เอาผิด

controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง

critic: a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly - ผู้วิจารณ์, ผู้จับผิด, ผู้วิเคราะห์

criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์

dare: to be brave enough to do something - กล้า

distort: to change something such as information so that it is not longer true or accurate - บิดเบือน

divisive: likely to cause arguments between people - อันจะก่อให้เกิดความแตกแยก

duty: something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do - หน้าที่, ความรับผิดชอบ

forgiveness: the act of forgiving somebody; willingness to forgive somebody - การให้อภัย, การอภัยโทษ

formal: official; following an agreed or official way of doing things - เป็นทางการ

gain: a benefit, or an advantage - ผลประโยชน์

intended: planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น

interfere: to deliberately become involved in a situation and try to influence the way that it develops, although you have no right to do this - แทรกแซง

issue: a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น

legislative: involving the part of government responsible for creating new laws - เกี่ยวข้องกับสภานิติบัญญัติ

normal: typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

presumably: used for saying that you think something is true based on what you know, although you are not really certain - น่าเป็นไปได้, ซึ่งพอเป็นจริงได้

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

reconciliation: the process of creating a new and friendly relationship again with someone you argued with or fought with - การปรองดอง

regarding: concerning somebody/something; about somebody/something - เกี่ยวกับ

reject: to not agree with - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ

scrutinise: to look at or examine somebody/something carefully - พินิจพิเคราะห์, พิจารณา, ตรวจสอบ

seized: taken away by force or official power - ถูกยึกครอง

Senate: one of the two groups of politicians who make laws in some countries, for example in the US, Australia, Canada and Thailand - วุฒิสภา

separate: forming a unit by itself; not joined to something else - ซึ่งแยกออกจากกัน

the press: the media - สื่อมวลชน

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