By Khaosod Online
09 September 2013, Last upated at 17:15 GMT
Abhisit Unapologetic For 'Stupid Bitch' Remark
September) Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has refused to apologise for a remark in which he
attributed to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as a "stupid bitch", sparking a torrent of
criticism from Ms. Yingluck′s allies.
Mr. Abhisit, who serves as the leader of the opposition
Democrat Party, uttered the disparaging remark during the speech he gave at a Democrat-organised
rally at Wat Dok Mai Temple on 7 September.
He was criticising Ms. Yingluck′s frequent trips
to various events, which, Mr. Abhisit said, amount to negligence of duty because she should have
focused more time and energy in solving the nation′s problems.
"The Prime Minister kept
avoiding these issues. I can′t see where Ms. Yingluck has been throughout the previous week. What
has she been doing?" Mr. Abhisit told the crowd.
He then turned his attention to an event Ms.
Yingluck visited recently: the launching
of"Thailand Smart Lady" reality TV show. Although the event was billed as a way to promote women′s
roles in Thai society, Mr. Abhisit ridiculed the event as another pointless gesture by the Prime
"Do you know why they have to do this project?" Mr. Abhisit said mockingly, "Do you know why they are
holding a contest for smart ladies? Because if the contest is about finding a stupid bitch [อีโง่],
no one would have been able to compete with her".
The ferocity of the remark struck many
observers as shocking, because the Oxford-educated Mr. Abhisit, like his party, had long harboured
an image of soft-spoken intellectual in contrast with the Redshirts rivals, which the Democrat Party
has long portrayed as rude, uneducated rural rabbles.
Mr. Abhisit′s uncharacteristic
rudeness might also reflect the larger shift in attitude of the Democrats. The party has recently
embarked on aggressive tactics in its attempt to oust the government including organising street
protests and creating chaos inside the House of Parliament during debates on contentious
Just last week, a Democrat MP threw a chair in the direction of the House Speaker to
display his frustration. Democrat MPs also engaged in fistfights with police officers in the
Parliament last month.
Mr. Jadet Chaowilai, director of Women and Men Progressive Movement, a
gender equality advocacy group, said Mr. Abhisit′s remark debases women, and warned that the
opposition leader has tarnished his own image.
He also said much of the opposition
politicians′ attack on Ms. Yingluck hinges on sexism. Indeed, Ms. Yingluck has been called a "whore"
and a "slut" by an influential cartoonist and the Democrat deputy spokeswoman,
The activist suggested that Ms. Yingluck′s opponents should separate criticism
against her policies from her gender.
"Otherwise it would only reinforce paternalistic values in this
society" Mr. Jadet said.
Pheu Thai Party politicians also seized on the gaffe to blast Mr.
Abhisit. Ms. Jarupan Kuldiloke, a Pheu Thai MP, encouraged the public judge whether someone who
uttered such an insult is smart or stupid.
Meanwhile, deputy spokesman of Pheu Thai Party, Mr. Anusorn
Eiamsa-ad, suggested that Mr. Abhisit finally cracked after bearing so much burden from the election
defeat in 2011. "I can understand how much pressure his
party has been placing on him" Mr. Anusorn said.
Mr. Abhisit did not apologise for his
now-notorious remark when reporters questioned him at the Democrat Party headquarters earlier
He claimed that he did not refer to Ms. Yingluck specifically when he said those words
on the stage. "I was merely following what I saw on Google," Mr. Abhisit insisted (typing "stupid
bitch" in Thai on Google search would bring up images of Ms. Yingluck).
"I don′t know which newspaper has reported the news in such negative manner," Mr. Abhisit told the reporters, "I suppose it′s the same old one that likes to distort [my words]. And if it′s Khaosod, I would not know what to say about it because that newspaper is beyond any remedy".
Asked by a reporter
what he has to say to the people who are offended by his remark, the visibly irritated Mr. Abhisit
shot back: "Offended about what?"
ภาพ : Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra and Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva at an anti-corruption event in September 2011