New elections, Samak : “I never said that”

Samak has no shame. He denied that he said yesterday morning in Malaysia that general elections would be organized after the amendment of the Constitution.

“I would like to express astonishment,” he said on Friday morning, as most newspapers headlined remarks he made to Thai businessmen in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

“I have never said anywhere that I will dissolve the House,” Mr Samak told the media in an ambush-interview.

“Reporters write this themselves. When I was there (Malaysia), I did not mention a word about dissolving the House,” he insisted.

On Friday, the front pages of virtually every Bangkok newspaper was dominated by reports that Mr Samak had told the group of Thai businessmen that after the constitution is amended, a general election would be held and a new government would be elected to carry out its work under the revised charter.

The official Thai News Agency, whose reporter accompanied Mr Samak, quoted him as saying:

“This government may not have an opportunity to count on the amended charter (to benefit its own working conditions). There will be a general election after the amendments are completed. It is the next government that will use it,” he said.

It was not clear how the Kuala Lumpur reports could be rationalised with Mr Samak’s statement on Friday. They seemed at direct odds. (Bangkok Post)

Anyway, from a man who said recently that the 1976 massacre was a pure invention, that only 1 “unlucky” guy was killed, everything is possible.

Any kind of denial from a man like that has very, very poor value.

It was not clear how the Kuala Lumpur reports could be rationalised with Mr Samak’s statement on Friday. They seemed at direct odds.

I like the humor of the guys at Bangkok Post. 😉 Great.

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