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15 November 2006 :: 16:11:52 pm 29909

“I‘m looking for a job. I‘m unemployed,” Thaksin joked, in Hong Kong

Thaksin joked that he was looking for a job as he shopped with his wife at an upmarket mall in Hong Kong, a report said Tuesday.
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The Chinese-language Oriental Daily News published pictures of Thaksin and his wife Pojaman holding hands and shopping in designer shops in the city’s financial district of Central.

Looking relaxed in his light blue zip-up jacket and dark blue trousers, he told the newspaper that he arrived in the territory on Sunday and would leave soon to visit other Southeast Asian countries.

Thaksin, who was ousted in a bloodless coup in September, would not name the countries nor comment on what he was doing in Hong Kong.
“I’m looking for a job. I’m unemployed,” he joked with a reporter, the newspaper said.

Thaksin was in New York when the coup happened, and had since been living in self-imposed exile in London, where he has a home, but the former premier has been staying in China since this month, raising speculation he might return home soon. But Thaksin, who was accompanied by three assistants, told the newspaper that he would return to Thailand only when the political situation stabilizes.

“He came here in a personal capacity. We wouldn’t have been informed,” consul Waramon Waruttama said. The report said for 40 minutes, the couple browsed around designer shops including Marc Jacobs, where Thaksin tried on a dark suit but didn’t buy it.

His wife chose a handbag and two blouses worth a total of 4,680 Hong Kong dollars (US$600), the report said. While paying for his wife’s shopping with his credit card, Thaksin joked with the sales assistant: “I have no money.” They were then whisked away in a van. 

Thai PM Surayud: No plan to revoke Thaksin’s diplomatic passport

BANGKOK, Nov 15 – Thailand’s interim government has no plans to revoke ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s diplomatic passport, said Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont on Wednesday, affirming that the ex-premier has full rights to travel.

It was Thailand’s custom to honour him with the passport when he was prime minister of the country, Prime Minister Surayud said, and it is normal practice that a person can hold only one passport.

When asked if the diplomatic passport could be used only in normal times, but Mr. Thaksin was ousted through a coup, Gen. Surayud said he thought there was an answer in itself and “we must (continue to)honour him as long as he doesn’t commit anything dishonourable.”

The prime minister’s remarks were made after Wednesday’s press reports displayed a picture of Mr. Thaksin and his wife strolling hand-in-hand in a Hong Kong shopping mall on Monday.

The deposed premier reportedly told a group of reporters there that he had no plans to return home and that he would travel to Bali today, but did not say what he planned to do there.

Mr. Thaksin first stayed in London with his family, where he owns an apartment, after being deposed by a military coup on September 19. He later travelled to China amid reports that he might secretly return to the country via land from that country or Myanmar.

The rumours were repeatedly dismissed by his legal advisors, and close aides who argued that the former premier will return to homeland in a dignified manner at appropriate time.

Gen. Surayud has said that Mr. Thaksin should not return to Thailand until after the constitution was drafted and general elections have been held, scheduled for a year from now.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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