HITTING out at senators today (July 14) was Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, a member of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, who said a top Twitter trend for Thailand revealing senators’ businesses is just the starting point, Matichon newspaper said.
In yesterday’s vote for Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister at the joint House/senate meeting there were 324 yea votes, 182 nay votes while 199 abstained.
Only 13 senators out of a total of 249 voted in his favour.
Panusaya said a top-trending hashtag which translates to “businesses of senators” which reveals the details of each senator’s business operation among which are a famous market, an insurance company, beauty clinics and a football team, is just the beginning.
The price to be paid is not just this, she added.
Some netizens posted a chart showing the income of one senator during his tenure with the annual salary, other welfare and travel expenses totalling 1.5 million baht a year. If medical expenses are added this reached 1.602 million baht a year. Over five years payment to the 250 senators amounted to 5.6409 trillion baht.
Others want the businesses of five election commissioners revealed as well.
A few also pointed to some celebrities and advertisements being banned on trains and at stations during political rallies.
Top: Ms Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung. Photo: Matichon
Front Page: A screen grab image showing the top Twitter trends for Thailand earlier today (July 14) with the hashtag “prime minister vote” being number one and “businesses of senators” number three with this overlaid on a photo of parliament meeting chamber. Credit: Matichon