Just a country boy

Who is this young man? Well, he's not so young anymore and his looks have changed a bit. If you can't guess, this story from the Bangkok Post's new "Pulse" section will explain.

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A new MP from Surat Thai province talks to Lalana magazine in 1982.

Here is a story from a new section of the Bangkok Post called "Pulse" which covers "what is hot in Thai newspapers and social media".

Just a country boy

Suthep Thaugsuban is determined to keep his supporters entertained on all fronts despite having to close down all rally stages in the inner city area except one at Lumpini Park.

On Tuesday, Mr Suthep posted on his Facebook page an interview he gave to the now-defunct Lalana magazine back in 1982.

The interview seems to perfectly reinforce a new image of Mr Suthep, a former deputy prime minister now better known by a homely nickname of Lung Kamnan or ‘’Uncle Headman.’’

In the interview, Mr Suthep, then a first-time MP for Surat Thani and secretary to then agriculture minister Chuan Leekpai, discussed how he was a country boy or bannok man at heart.

Photo from Suthep Thuagsuban's Facebook page

His only hope in life back when he was young was to serve as a kamnan, which he did for three years in tambon Tha Sathon, Mr Suthep told the interviewer.

“I have lived in the rural areas all my life. My father is also a kamnan,’’ Mr Suthep said.

People in tambon Tha Sathon called him by the affectionate nickname “luk kamnan’’, implying he was both their son and their kamnan.

In the interview, Mr Suthep also recalled how he once had a scuffle with the late Samak Sundaravej and how he viewed the former Democrat Party leader Chuan Leekpai as ‘’an extraordinary person who exerts complete control over his emotions.

‘’Mr Chuan never raises his voice. He speaks in the same tone to everyone, on every occasion, under any circumstance,’’ Mr Suthep said.

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