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Mrs Pongphan: Chiang Mai dike’s name was given by villagers

Defence permanent secretary General Preecha Chan-ocha's wife, Mrs Pongphan, said Tuesday that the name of a dike in Chiangmai, Mae Pongphan Pattana, was given by the villagers themselves because it was easy to remember.

200915The name of the dike which appeared on a sign board erected at the site of the dike together with the image of Mrs Pongphan was subject of widespread criticism in the social media.

Srisuwan Janya, head of the Stop Global Warming Association, earlier threatened to take the matter to the National Anti-Corruption Commission against General Preecha and Mrs Pongphan. He said he doubted the dike was built with state funding and how come the credit was given to the defence permanent secretary's wife.

Mrs Pongphan said briefly that her only intention was to aid the villagers and she had nothing to do with the naming of the dike.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said there was nothing wrong about the dike's name which, he maintained, was given by the villagers themselves.

He, however, warned General Preecha to be always on the alert as there were some elements who bent on finding fault on him because he was the brother of Prime Minister Prayut.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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