DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is not being neutral amid moves by the new Sam Mitr or Three Companions group to pull former MPs to the party that supports the return of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to power, INN News reported today (July 2, 2018).
Gen Prawit said he does not personally know Suriya Jungrungreangkij, former secretary-general of the dissolved Thai Rak Thai Party, who set up Sam Mitr or Three Companions group to pull former Pheu Thai Party MPs to the pro-Gen Prayut Phalang Pracharat party.
He added that whether Suriya knows him or not is his personal matter, but he had never met him.
Gen Prawit also said that he is not biased because Pheu Thai Party too is making moves with its members too going to play golf, so why is it that the media does not attack them.
Whether it is Sam Mitr or any other party, all come under NCPO and it is not that a small group has leeway, he added.
Upon being asked about Suriya holding talks with Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Industry Minister Uttama Saowanayon and Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong indicates that the image of the government is not neutral, Gen Prawit countered by asking reporters where the talks were held because he did not participate.
He also hit back at reporters by saying they were not “asking neutral questions.”
Top: Gen Prawit talking to reporters today. Photo: INN News