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Prayut “sorry” for yelling at fisherman

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is sorry for yelling at a fisherman during his meeting with local people in Pattani's Nong Chik district on Monday (Nov 27), according to a message posted on his Facebook page by his staff.

The message was posted at about 8.30am on Tuesday (Nov 28) after a large number of netizens made critical remarks against the prime minister for doing so in the social media.

The prime minister is sorry for yelling at a fisherman in Pattani yesterday. But, please understand that the government is trying to solve the problem over illegal fishing so that the Thai fishery industry can survive and exports can continue in line with our obligation. We also want to maintain the balance of nature for sustainable fisheries in the future. As for grievances made by the fishermen, the prime minister has ordered concerned agencies to look into them in detail, said the posting.

The commotion occurred while Gen Prayut was visiting the central livestock market for southern border provinces to meet the people in Pattani's Nong Chik district before proceeding to Songkhla where a mobile cabinet was held on Nov 28.

At the market, a man approached the prime minister with a petition for the government to amend fishing regulation allowing fishing boats to fish only 220 days in a year. He wanted the fishing period to be extended so fishermen will have more income to cope with their expenses.

As Gen Prayut was explaining his problem while many local residents were listening, the fishermen raised his voice to interrupt him, prompting him to yell back: Be patient, do not raise your voice at me. Do you understand? I am listening to you, you can speak normally, thank you.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)