Chalerm defends controversial lunch
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung Wednesday said a story by Thai Post newspaper reporters that he had two women to serve food and probably wine for him in his private workroom at the Royal Thai Police headquarters was exaggerated.
- Published: 21/11/2012 at 07:56 PM
- Newspaper section: news
The Thai Post website reported Wednesday that Mr Chalerm, who oversees police affairs, arrived at police headquarters at 12.30pm Tuesday to pay respects to the statue of King Rama IV and a sacred shrine. He then went to his private office on the building’s first floor. The room was arranged by the order of national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew.
The report said two attractive women greeted Mr Chalerm in front of the building entrance and followed him into his office. Later, deputy national police chief Worapong Chewpreecha was also seen entering the room.
The women were thought to come to serve wine for Mr Chalerm, the newspaper claimed. They left the room after two hours, the newspaper report said. The newspaper report included photos.
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Photos courtesy of Kamon Yamutai
The photos of the "temporary waitresses" have created buzz among netizens and been circlulated on social networking websites.
The newspaper quoted an unidentified police source as saying the two women were among a group used by Mr Chalerm’s sons to serve alcoholic drinks.
“The two attractive women who came to serve food and drinks at Mr Chalerm’s private office are likely to be employees of Police TV (the Royal Thai Police’s satellite television channel]. The food is likely to be Japanese,” the source said.
The Post Today website reported that one of the women is a police officer who used to work for Pol Gen Panupong Singhara na Ayudhya, former deputy national police chief, now deputy secretary-general to the prime minister. Pol Gen Panupong was assigned by the prime minister to work for her deputy, Mr Chalerm.
The Thai Post reported Mr Chalerm left his office at 5.30pm, accompanied by security personnel and Pol Gen Panupong. The deputy premier’s face was reportedly red and he spoke with his entourage in a loud noise and almost yelled at times. Pol Gen Panupong supported him all the time while he was walking to his vehicle, the report said.
Mr Chalerm on Wednesday brushed aside the report and said the story was exaggerated by the newspaper.
He denied ordering police officers to provide waitresses for his office lunch, and said he did not drink any alcohol during the meal, according to a Post Today report.
He said one of his close aides whom he only referred to as “Jo Nong Rak” (Jo, a dear younger brother) had arranged the women's attendance.
“The person who ordered [the waitresses] were not police officers but it was Jo Nong Rak, who arranged the women to serve [the meal]. Jo knows that I don’t like using officers [to do such work] because they have dignity.
“And I didn’t drink wine. Who would drink it at noon? This is nonsense. And what’s wrong with someone wanting to send two women to serve [food] for me,” Mr Chalerm said.
Photo by Post Today
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