Palang Pracharath MP for Chon Buri Ronnathep Anuwat claims political rivals set him up with a message containing a photo of a nude woman that he was seen looking at in parliament on Wednesday. (Photo: Ronnathep Anuwat Facebook page)
An MP seen looking at an "inappropriate" photo on his phone during a House meeting was a personal matter, Speaker Chuan Leekpai said on Thursday.
Palang Pracharath MP for Chon Buri Ronnathep Anuwat was spotted by reporters looking at a photo of a naked woman on his phone while attending a meeting of the House on Wednesday.
Mr Chuan said he would warn the MP in question to be more careful. He had previously told MPs to be careful what they do because the media is watching them.
However, he personally viewed the incident as a personal matter and not a contravention of parliamentary regulations. Therefore, the parliament could not punish the MP.
In the past, no complaints had been lodged regarding MPs’ looking at inappropriate photos in parliament. There were only complaints about MPs’ wearing inappropriate clothing, he said.
Mr Ronnathep on Thursday claimed he was beng targetted by political rivals.
He had received a message on his mobile phone seeking help while he was attending the House meeting on Wednesday. He opened the message, unaware it contained a nude photo.
The message was asking for money to buy food. When he saw the nude photo, he immediately deleted the message and the photo, Mr Ronnathep said.
He believed he was politically defamed.
careful (adj): thinking about what you are doing so that you do not do anything wrong or so that you avoid problems - ระมัดระวัง
contravention : doing something that a law or rule does not allow, or breaking a law or rule - การฝ่าฝืนกฎ
defame : to say or write something bad about someone that is not true and makes other people have a bad opinion of them - ทำลายชื่อเสียง
House (of Representatives) : the largest part of Congress in the US, or of the Parliament in Australia and Thailand - สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
inappropriate : unsuitable - ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
matter : a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered - เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
naked : not wearing any clothes - เปลือยกาย
parliament : the group of people who are elected to make and change the laws of a country; the building where members of parliament meet. - รัฐสภา
rival : a person you are competing against or opposing - คู่แข่ง
unaware : not understanding or realising something - ซึ่งไม่รู้ตัวมาก่อน