• Tit-for-tat between Ms. Pareena and Seripisut turns absurd

    The House Committee on Corruption Affairs, chaired by Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet, is looking increasingly like a circus, with the constant tit-for-tat squabbling between him and committee member, Ms. Pareena Kraikupt, which appears to have taken on an air of infantile absurdity.

    When the House committee meeting resumed this morning, Ms. Pareena, Palang Pracharat MP for Ratchaburi province, raised her hand to protest against Pol Maj-Gen Virote Pao-in, Pheu Thai senior party member and an advisor to the chairman, taking the seat next to the chair, a place normally reserved the committee’s deputy chairman.

    Opposing members on the committee then argued with each other until a parliamentary official was summoned to explain the rules on House committee seating.  The answer was that there are no written rules, prompting Seripisut to announce that members may occupy any seat they wish.

    Ms. Pareena then rushed to take a seat next the former police chief, who jokingly told reporters in the meeting room to take pictures of him seated next to Pareena, adding he had the privilege of sitting next to a beautiful woman, which was good provided that she did not embrace him.

    The House committee meeting then proceeded until the issue about a proposal to unseat Seripisut as the committee chairman was raised.  When Seripisut noticed Pareena working on a mobile device, he asked if she was texting someone, to which she replied that she was googling a report about House speaker Chuan Leekpai’s plan to unseat Seripisut as committee chairman.

    Another round of noisy arguments erupted, prompting the chairman to threaten to report to Mr. Chuan that he was disturbed by the use of smartphones in the meeting room.

    Sira Jenjakha, a Palang Pracharat MP, interjected, saying that the committee chairman had not been looking at her device, but her person.

    “There is nothing about Pareena that is worth watching,” Seripisut was heard to have responded to Sira, who hit back, saying “Is this the statement from a former police chief?”

    Seripisut has annoyed Pareena and other Palang Pracharat members in the House committee with his obsessive pursuit of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his failure to recite in full the oath of allegiance during the swearing-in ceremony several months ago.


  • Chuan apparently rebukes Seripisut for overstepping authority by inviting PM for questioning

    House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has apparently rebuked House anti-corruption committee chairman Seripisut Temiyavet for overstepping his authority when he invited Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan for questioning about the legitimacy of the government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s incomplete recital of an oath at the swearing-in ceremony.

    Mr. Chuan said that he had been urging those invited by any of the House committees to cooperate adding, however, that the committee chairs who extend the invitations must treat their guests with respect and honour “because they are not answerable to the committees and they should not be invited just to be intimidated, but to provide facts and views to the committees.”

    The House speaker also said that committees which extend such invitations must not overstep their authority.

    Although he did not mention any particular House committee, or the name the committee chairman, it is widely understood that was referring to the House anti-corruption committee, headed by Seripisut, a former national police chief and leader of the Seri Ruam Thai party.

    Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s secretary-general, Mr. Dissatat Hotrakit, has sent a letter to Seripisut challenging his authority to invite the Prime Minister and General Prawit for questioning on matters which do not concern irregularities, pointing out that the reciting of an oath relates to an exclusive relationship between the King and the cabinet, which is a charter-mandated organization.

    Mr. Dissatat also noted that, on December 17th, when the Prime Minister presented the budget in Parliament, the House endorsed two bills, including an executive decree on the transfer of some army units to the Royal Security Command, without protests concerning the legitimacy of the Government.


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