Thaksin blames 'destiny' on his 67th birthday

Thaksin blames 'destiny' on his 67th birthday

Ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his youngest daughter Paethongtarn watch a homemade music video featuring a song sung by his sister Yingluck as his 67th birthday gift on Tuesday. (Video screenshot taken from Ms Paethongtarn’s Facebook)
Ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his youngest daughter Paethongtarn watch a homemade music video featuring a song sung by his sister Yingluck as his 67th birthday gift on Tuesday. (Video screenshot taken from Ms Paethongtarn’s Facebook)

Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said destiny was “cruel” to him on his 67th birthday as Yingluck, his youngest sister and ex-premier, lamented about the difficulties that keep them apart in a homemade music video sent to him as a birthday gift.

Thaksin made the remark after he watched the music video posted on Ms Yingluck’s Facebook page. He was seen watching the video with his youngest daughter Paethongtarn at their residence in London. The event was broadcast on Ms Paethongtarn’s Facebook account using Facebook Live video feature on Tuesday afternoon.

“I love you a lot sister. Everything is destiny….. People’s lives have already been destined and in the meantime one just has to do one's best… I know that (my) destiny was something (I) can be proud of but it was quite brutal,” Thaksin said.

“We have to be patient and accept it….. We can' be weak because many people are waiting for us and supporting us.”

He thanked all Thai well-wishers and said he was confident democracy would be restored in Thailand soon.  

In 2008, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office-Holders sentenced Thaksin to two years in jail for having conflict of interest when his ex-wife won a plot of state land in the Ratchada area in an auction held by a central bank unit. The former prime minister, however, escaped abroad and has lived in self-exile ever since. 

The music video features a tribute song emotionally sung by Ms Yingluck, old photos of Thaksin when he was prime minister and family photos. 

In the clip, Ms Yingluck said the video and the song she sang were a surprise gift for her brother because she could not meet him in person.

“I have no chance to send my wishes to you like everybody else because we have the same restrictions. I can go anywhere in Thailand but not overseas. You can visit all countries but not Thailand. This is torture,” Ms Yingluck said. 

Ms Yingluck is currently on trial for malfeasance at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders and she needs to get court permission before travelling overseas. 

Earlier on Tuesday, deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwon told former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to keep a low profile and let the National Council for Peace and Order proceed with its roadmap to democracy. Gen Prawit, who is chairman of the NCPO advisory panel, was speaking after reporters asked him if he wanted to send a birthday wish to Thaksin.

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