Yingluck for PM
- Published: 17/05/2011 at 09:25 AM
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As expected, the Phue Thai party has chosen Yingluck Shinawatra as its No.1 candidate on the party-list system.
Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s younger sister Yingluck is surrounded by local and international media after she was chosen as the Pheu Thai Party’s top candidate on the party list and its nominee for premier. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
Yingluck for PM
The vote came as no surprise. Early yesterday afternoon, the Phue Thai party chose Yingluck Shinawatra as its No.1 candidate on the party-list system to compete against the Democrat Party's Abhisit Vejjajiva for the next premiership in the July 3 election.
An hour later, Ms Yingluck herself was on her way to party headquarters where party members and a huge throng of local and foreign media were waiting.
She thanked all party members for their support and said she felt honoured to be nominated.
She said she was confident Pheu Thai's policies could answer the needs of the public.
Ms Yingluck was born on June 21, 1967. She is the youngest of nine children of Lert and Yindee Shinawatra. She is married to Anusorn Amornchat, president of M-Link Asia Corporation. They have a son.
She graduated from Chiang Mai University's political science and public administration faculty and obtained a master's degree in public administration from Kentucky State University in the US.
She worked at Shinawatra Directories Co and then became chief executive of AIS in 2002. After the sale of AIS to Singaporean company Temasek in 2005, she left AIS and became chief executive at SC Asset, Shinawatra's property business. She is now a member and secretary of the Thaicom Foundation.
Yesterday afternoon she gave her first interview to the press as Phue Thai’s candidate for prime minister. Here are excerpts from that interview. You will notice many of the questions centred on her brother, ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
How confident are you in leading Pheu Thai to win the election?
First of all, I think my work experience is not far removed from politics. I understand the nature of politics. At this time, the country needs reconciliation and needs people who can coordinate. Even though I am female and quite new [to politics], I'm open to anybody to hold talks and dialogue to make the country move forward.
How do you feel when political rivals attack you over personal issues?
It is a normal thing. I'm ready to face public scrutiny as long as it comes under fair and just rules. I'm ready for that and want to see people engage in constructive politics.
Are you going to press ahead with an amnesty for Thaksin to bring your brother back to Thailand?
Thailand holds to the rule of law. I don't think the Pheu Thai Party will allow me to do anything for only one person. Whatever I do, I have to think about the equality, rights, and liberty of all of the people. I am volunteering to work for the people, so the public interest must come first.
You are the younger sister of Thaksin. Is a vote for you equivalent to voting for your brother?
We cannot say that [voting for me] is equivalent [to voting for Thaksin]. Thai people will vote according to three factors – the first is the party leader, the second is the party's teamwork and the third is the party's policies. These are the key factors that the people will use to decide which number they will vote for to become the next government.
If you become premier, how would you bring your brother back home?
It's too early to talk about that. The first step here is to bring people past the election. The No.1 candidate on the party list should be the factor people use to judge who the government will be. In the second step [after the election], the Pheu Thai Party and the government will treat everybody equally, even my brother. Everybody will get the same thing. The important thing and our first priority is the benefit of the majority.
Adapted from stories in today’s Bangkok Post
ousted – forced out of a position of power ขับออกจากอำนาจ
surrounded – having something completely around all sides ถูกล้อมรอบ
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
candidate – a person who is trying to win an elected position ผู้สมัคร
party list (proportional representation system) – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
nominee – someone who has been formally proposed for a job ผู้ได้รับการเสนอชื่อ
premier – prime minister นายกรัฐมนตรี
premiership – the position of prime minister ตำแหน่งนายกรัฐมนตรี
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
throng – a crowd or large group of people ฝูงชน, ประชาชนจำนวนมากที่มาชุมนุมกัน, กลุ่มคน
honoured – feeling pleased or proud because people are showing you great respect รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติ
nominated – officially suggested for a job or position ถูกเสนอชื่อเข้าชิงตำแหน่ง
confident – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
the public – people in general ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
faculty – a group of departments in a college which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects คณะ
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
master's degree – a further university degree that you study for after a first degree ระดับปริญญาโท
directory – a book containing lists of information, usually in alphabetical order, for example people's telephone numbers or the names and addresses of businesses in a particular area สมุดรายนาม, สมุดรายชื่อ
chief executive – the person with the highest rank in a company or an organisation ผู้บริหารสูงสุด
property – land owned by someone ที่ดิน, อสังหาริมทรัพย์
foundation – an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity มูลนิธิ
interview – a meeting (often a public one) at which a journalist asks somebody questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. การสัมภาษณ์
the press – the media สื่อมวลชน
excerpt – a part of a longer speech, song, text, etc. บทคัดย่อ
not far removed from – to not be far away from ไม่อยู่ห่างไกล
nature – the basic quality of something ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ
reconciliation – a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก, การสมานฉันท์
coordinate – to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively ประสานงานกัน
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
dialogue – formal discussion between two groups or countries, especially when they are trying to solve a problem, end a disagreement, etc การสนทนา
rival – a person you are competing against or opposing คู่แข่ง
issue – matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about ประเด็น
scrutiny – careful examination of someone or something การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
engage – to cause to take part in a particular activity ให้มีส่วนร่วมใน
just – morally fair and reasonable ยุติธรรม, ชอบธรรม
constructive – intended to be useful or helpful ซึ่งสร้างสรรค์
amnesty – a situation in which a government agrees not to punish people who have committed a crime การนิรโทษกรรม
equality – the state of being equal, especially in having the same rights, status and opportunities ความเสมอภาค
right – a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular สิทธิ
liberty – the freedom to live as you wish or go where you want อิสรภาพ, สิทธิขั้นพื้นฐาน
volunteer – to offer to do something without being forced to do it อาสา
public interest – an advantage or benefit to people in general ผลประโยชน์ข้องส่วนรวม
equivalent – the same as เท่าเทียมกันกับ
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
priority – something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else การมาก่อน
benefit – an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help ผลประโยชน์
the majority – most of the people in a group คนส่วนใหญ่
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