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Under pressure from her family, Singha beer heiress Chitpas Bhirombhakdi is now using her mother's maiden family name to distance her political career from the Boon Rawd business 

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Chitpas's outspoken ways have become a bit too controversial to carry the Bhirombahkdi family name. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL

Chitpas Kridakorn Na Ayutthaya

The father of Singha beer heiress and core anti-government protest leader Chitpas Bhirombhakdi on Monday announced his daughter will change her surname, to allow her to continue political activities without further hurting the family business.

In an open letter sent to the media on Monday evening, Jutinan Bhirombhakdi, executive vice-president of Singha Corporation, said he had talked to Ms Chitpas several times about her expression of opinions on political matters, but they had different opinions on several issues.

Ms Chitpas, who was formerly deputy spokeswoman for the Democrat Party, insisted on continuing with her political career, he said.

He said said, “My wife and I and Ms Chitpas have discussed this for a while and agree that [she should] change her surname.”

Mr Jutinan did not say what surname his daughter would adopt, but Ms Chitpas has now said on her Facebook page that she is using  the maiden family name of her mother Kridakorn.

In the letter, Mr Jutinan also apologised for his daughter’s views expressed in an interview with  foreign reporters, whch he said had caused resentment by many people.

Mr Jutinan last week warned his extended family of the possible effects on the family's Boon Rawd brewery interests if Ms Chitpas continued her political activities.

The British-educated 27-year-old was quoted in a report by AFP last week as saying: "... many Thais lack a true understanding of democracy... especially in the rural areas".

On her Facebook page, however, Ms Chitpas said she had never looked down on rural people even in the slightest and that reports of her remarks had been distorted.

Mr Jutinan's announcement came after Singha family patriarch and managing director of Boon Rawd Brewery Santi Bhirombhakdi last week sent a letter to Mr Jutinan, which was leaked to the public, warning the company and family had now been dragged into involvement with politics by Ms Chitpas’s political activities and asking him to review his earlier warnings and advice on the issue.

Mr Santi is Mr Jutinan's cousin.

Last week, four petrol bombs were hurled into the grounds of Ms Chitpas's family home on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 12 in Bang Kapi district. No one was injured and police say the attack was likely politically motivated.

Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com

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Vocabulary:

adopt: to accept or to start using something new - นำมาใช้

advice: an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation - คำแนะนำ

apologise: to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem - ขอโทษ

career: a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ

controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ความไม่ลงรอยกัน

core leader: one of the most active or most important leaders of a group - แกนนำ

cousin: a child of your uncle or aunt; someone who is related to you through a brother, sister, uncle, or aunt of one of your parents - ลูกพี่ลูกน้อง, ญาติห่างๆ

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

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

drag: to pull - ดึง

extended family: a family group with a close relationship among the members that includes not only parents and children but also uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc - ครอบครัวขยาย, ครอบครัวใหญ่

heiress: a female heir, (a person who has the legal right to receive somebody's property, money or title when that person dies), especially one who has received or will receive a large amount of money - ทายาทที่เป็นหญิง,หญิงผู้รับมรดก

hurl: to throw something using a lot of force - เขวี้ยง ขว้างปา

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

interview: a meeting (often a public one) at which a journalist asks somebody questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. - การสัมภาษณ์

involvement: the act or process of taking part in something - การเกี่ยวข้อง

issue: a problem that needs to be considered - ประเด็น

leak: to tell private or secret information to journalists or to the public; to release secret or private information, photos, etc. without permission - ทำให้รู้ความลับ, เปิดเผย

look down on: to fail to give someone respect - ดูถูก

maiden name: a woman's family name before marriage - นามสกุลก่อนแต่งงานของผู้หญิง

matter: something that you are discussing, considering or dealing with - สิ่งที่พูดถึง ประเด็นที่พูดถึง

media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ

motivated: done for a particular reason - มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ

outspoken: giving your opinion strongly and honestly, even if other people do not like it - พูดโผงผาง,พูดตรงไปตรงมา,พูดจาเปิดเผย

patriarch: the male head of a family or community - หัวหน้าครอบครัว

quote: to repeat the words that someone else has said or written - ยกคำพูดมา

remark: something said - คำพูด

resentment: a feeling of anger because you have been forced to accept someone or something that you do not like - ความไม่พอใจ

rural: connected with the countryside outside big towns and cities  - ในชนบท, บ้านนอก

slightest: smallest - น้อยที่สุด

surname: a name shared by all the members of a family (written last in English names) - นามสกุล

warn: to make someone aware of a possible problem or danger - เตือน

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