Toasted : Samak found guilty !

The Constitution Court on Tuesday reached an unanimous decision of 9-0 to disqualify Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on grounds for conflict of interest relating to his involvement in two cooking shows.

The high court ruled that Samak lost his job by an individual offence, hence although his Cabinet would face a mandatory removal, it could act as the caretaker administration pending the formation of a new government.

Of the nine presiding judges, six said Samak’s involvement as honourary show host has constituted a status as an employee of programme producer, Face Media Co.

Three said his involvement could be interpreted as a business partner.

The nine judges cited the intent of Article 267 of the 2007 Constitution for preempting Cabinet members, including the prime minister, from committing a conflict of interest.

Under the provision, the legal definition of being employed or the status of employee is broader than that specified in the Civil Code and relevant labour laws.

Evidence showed that Samak continued to host the two shows after he assumed office in February. Furthermore he received allowances, such as petrol expenses which could be contrued as income earnings. And he got involved with the show which is a business transaction designed to seek profits. (Nation)

Voila ! What a debacle ! What a fall ! For 2 cooking shows… Samak, the cook, finishes toasted and grilled like the food he loves. Overcooked.

Exactly like I wrote yesterday, payments were made…

The “Prime Minister” (ah ah ah) must resign, and with him all the cabinet. Gone is the chef.

It’s enough to say that this decision is going to add more spice to the current chaos. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now the question is : who will be the new Prime Minister ? The PPP will have a meeting wednesday. Some of PPP members want to… re-elect Samak. That would be tasty…

14 Responses to “Toasted : Samak found guilty !”

  1. 1 FDL 9 September 2008 at 9:50 am

    Ha. The pugnacious Samak slain by ethical transgression for bad cooking. The three judges said Samak Sundaravej was a ‘business partner’ was damning. That had been the general public perception from way back of Samak Sundaravej’s cooking on TV appearances.

    What other ethical transgressions will the courts uncover against ex-PM Samak Sundaravej?

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 9 September 2008 at 9:54 am

    You’re right : what an irony. Samak is falling for a cooking show. He’s a bad chef. Serious case of food poisoning…

    AND WHAT A FREAKING LOSS OF FACE ! Ah ah ah. He must be so full of hatred now…

    As I said this decision solves nothing of course… but what a pleasure to see Samak falling like a bad piece of meat on the floor ! What a pleasure.

    And again, the loss of face…

  3. 3 Bedwyr 9 September 2008 at 9:56 am

    Well, I guess the Privy Council job is out of the question? Hopefully.

    You know, it is really hard to feel any sympathy for someone who chooses to be an asshole. Who actually glories in being an asshole. Who actually seems to believe that being an asshole is an asset.

    Chalaat meun kwai


  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 9 September 2008 at 9:58 am

    Bedwyr : I couldn’t agree more. I didn’t want to use bad words ๐Ÿ˜‰ … But this is exactly the issue : he was so proud to be unbearable.

    So proud to be “at the top”. Well now, he’s “down” the sink.

  5. 5 chinesethai 9 September 2008 at 10:53 am

    “Shame”, “ashamed”, and “shameful” never exist in any Thai politician’s dictionary. He will try to be back anyway, although the possibility is lower.

    PPP has already set up a “back-up” party and would do whatever it takes to get Samak back up to power again.

    These people are worse than porn stars because at least porn stars entertain but hurt no one. But these politicians are persistently poisonous and destructive to their country.

    The crisis is not over yet.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 9 September 2008 at 11:00 am

    I’m not sure about the “shame”. I mean to be disqualified for… 2 cooking shows… It should hurt, no ?

    As for the “crisis is not over”… that’a s certainty.

    I start to be tired : this blog will never end !

  7. 7 thaichris 9 September 2008 at 1:18 pm

    This is just only a short interrupt in the reign of Bozo Samak. They will vote him in again as PM. And he will be convicted on the 25th of September but remain in office as he will take his case forward to the highest court. And PPP will be dissolved, but the MP’s will move to the new party and re-elect Bozo Samak (what will happen to the seats based on party votes?). And Chart Thai and Machachon will be dissolved and re-established under a new name. And PAD will camp at government house for the next 4 years. And the saga will continue forever.

    And the rest of the world will not take notice. Happy Thailand Wonderland.

    “ThaiCrisis”, no way for you to get tired. Your sharp tongued comments are the only pain releavers left.

  8. 8 chinesethai 9 September 2008 at 3:00 pm

    You know what, I did not cast a ballot on Dec 23, 2007 because it was so premature. I disagree with Surayud declaring the election date. Like other Thais, I foresaw that such endless, prolonged, and tiresome crisis would happen.

    I will never waste my time going to the voting booth until Thai politics undergoes a real reform. I don’t care if there will be no elections in the next 10 years. I want to see Thailand going through the stage in which South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan did in the past – benevolent authoritarianism. China and Vietnam are going through it – gradually lifting the people from poverty and giving them education until they are ready for democracy.

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 9 September 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Chinesethai. I think what you fail to see is that… we already had and still have a “benevolent authoritarism”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Probably more silent than after WW II in Japan, Korea etc. and in Singapore after. But nonetheless effective.

    Furthermore, it’s difficult to compare. Japan and Korea were in a very special position…
    And Singapore ? They changed only thanks to one leader, who had a vision (and who was lucky to manage only a tiny island-city, it’s of course much easier).

    And Vietnam ? Do you really think that the communist party has the aim to educate the people ? Prepare the country for democracy ?

    But overall, I think many people agree on the target for Thailand. We just disagree on the path and the means.

    And I’m convinced that the bottom line is : we don’t have the adequate leaders to achieve (or start) the transformation of Thailand.

    If we remove all the details around, here is the naked truth : there isn’t any good leader.

    Not yet, at least.

  10. 10 Bedwyr 10 September 2008 at 2:44 am

    Thaicrisis, for goodness sake don’t get tired, keep up the excellent work.

    So far as I can see, yours is the only blog that is not a blatant apologist for the criminal Thaksin. BP and ThaiShark used to be interesting but their inability to be objective combined with their unashamed pro-Thaksinista totem-worship just relegates them to being boring as hell.

    Here, have a Red Bull…


  11. 11 chinesethai 11 September 2008 at 6:02 am


    PPP resolves that they will re-nominate Samak for the premiership. The reason for the re-nomination reportedly is Samak didn’t do anything wrong and there is nothing written in the constitution that he couldn’t get back in!!

    In Thai, there is a word called “Srithanonchai (เธจเธฃเธตเธ˜เธ™เธเธŠเธฑเธข)”, which does not exist in English and Chinese as much as I know.

  12. 12 ThaiCrisis 11 September 2008 at 6:19 am

    I think we should wait for the vote. It’s too early.

    Face saving exercice : PPP “asks” Samak to stay. Samak “answers” that he doesn’t want to.
    The hero is tired. Bravo. Women and children are crying. End of the show.

    There are intense negociations among the coalition (and outside too)… They could come up with any kind of scheme.

    Personally I don’t believe at all in Samak 2. That would be a gift for the PAD.

    Instead they should take a weak guy, not a big mouth, to manage the daily stuff and to cut the grass under PAD’s feet… Until… house dissolution and new elections.

  13. 13 ThaiCrisis 11 September 2008 at 8:45 am

    Well… I was wrong ! Samak seems to have accepted the nomination.
    It’s huge.

  1. 1 Convicted Samak Out as PM; PAD Happy, But Maybe Not For Long | The Pattaya Ghost - Pattaya News Blogs Trackback on 9 September 2008 at 1:43 pm

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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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