|Explain yourself or go’
Published on September 12, 2005 - Party-list MP Pramuan Ruchanaseree was yesterday given an ultimatum by Thai Rak Thai to iron out his differences with the party and explain his alleged rebellion or face expulsion.
PM’s Office Minister Suranand Vejjajiva said the party wanted Pramuan to attend a meeting tomorrow to explain his ill feeling toward and uneasiness about the party and to iron out his differences.
“We waited for him at the party’s weekly meeting but we did not see even his shadow. We cannot blame MPs who express their feelings through the media because they are patriotic. But MPs who love the party say that some of his comments are not correct and that he linked some issues,’’ Suranand said.
Thai Rak Thai Party MPs have moved to oust Pramuan accusing him of “airing dirty laundry in public” or “setting his own house on fire” after writing two books that were critical of the party.
His latest book, “Royal Powers”, became a best seller and threw the nomination of the auditor-general into the public spotlight. His criticism against the party at Thammasat University was the last straw for some MPs.
Suranand said the party will give Pramuan one last chance before it moves to launch disciplinary action against him with the party executive board and the party ethics committee.
“When that happens, he cannot blame us. He must choose the direction for his [political] life,’’ he said.
Suranand denied executives had stopped party MPs from gathering signatures to expel Pramuan.
“He is a high-ranking official and he knows that he must have discipline and give respect. He must never eat in the house and dirty the roof. We are wondering what kind of politics Pramuan is playing. If it is for himself, then he should not be a politician,’’ Suranand said.
Pramuan yesterday would not say who would attend the meeting, even though he has been saying the party has never issued him with any invitation.
“I have no comment and no commitment. Whoever wants to say anything . . . suit yourself,’’ he said.
Meanwhile Chat Thai Party deputy leader Somsak Prissanananthakul threw his backing behind Pramuan, saying the MP deserved moral support for his rebellious move and instigating the public to fight against injustice.