Flower mess gets bosses banished

Flower mess gets bosses banished

A volunteer holds <i>dok mai chan</i> used to mark the royal cremation ceremony. Two provincial governors have been transferred and denied new posts for shaming the ceremony. (Bangkok Post file photo)
A volunteer holds dok mai chan used to mark the royal cremation ceremony. Two provincial governors have been transferred and denied new posts for shaming the ceremony. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Two provincial governors accused of mishandling funeral flower-laying ceremonies for the late King have been transferred to inactive posts at the Prime Minister's Office, according to Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.

Chon Buri governor Phakrathorn Thianchai was originally scheduled to be transferred to the role of Samut Prakan governor, according to reports, while Nonthaburi's Phanu Yaemsri was due to be made governor of Nakhon Sawan.

The changes were ordered in the wake of complaints over their handling of sandalwood flower  (dok mai chanrites on Oct 26, when the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was cremated.

However, Gen Anupong said after Tuesday's cabinet meeting that he had withdrawn the reshuffle list for the Interior Ministry in which the men featured.

He said he has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to transfer them to the PM's Office for an indefinite period. The deputy governors of the respective provinces will now serve as acting governors, Gen Anupong added.

He said the transfers have nothing to do with allegations of corruption. Rather, the men were transferred out of the provinces to mollify residents.

Gen Anupong previously instructed the ministry's permanent secretary to look into the complaints against them.

The inquiry comes after hundreds of residents converged on the Chon Buri provincial hall on Oct 30 to complain about Mr Phakrathorn after the dok mai chan rites descended into chaos in various provinces.

Locals complained of mismanagement and having to wait up to 12 hours to lay flowers at replicas of the royal crematorium while organisers allowed thousands of civil servants to cut in front of them.

The Nonthaburi governor, Mr Phanu, took flak for similar reasons.

Do you like the content of this article?

Bougainville voters back independence by landslide

BUKA, Papua New Guinea: Voters backing Bougainville's independence from Papua New Guinea have won a landslide referendum victory, according to results released Wednesday -- a major step toward the troubled isles becoming the world's newest nation.


Thai electronics firm compensates exploited workers in rare award

Burmese migrants who were illegally charged excessive recruitment fees to secure jobs at an electronics manufacturer in Thailand are being compensated in a rare award expected to spotlight a practice known to trap workers in modern slavery.


China is biggest jailer of journalists: watchdog

WASHINGTON: At least 250 journalists are jailed around the world, with the largest number held in China, amid a growing crackdown by authoritarian regimes on independent media, a press watchdog group said Wednesday.