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Thai netizens criticised the Royal Thai Army (RTA) for their lack of empathy after a woman had to take her bedridden disabled son to report for conscription in the northern province of Lamphun. A former Thai actor, 21 year old Thanakit “Off” Wutthirothong, left the movie industry after a motorcycle accident rendered him disabled. A …

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3 hours ago, Thaiger said:


In response, Royal Thai Army Region 3 spokesperson Roongkhun Mahapanyawong, issued an apology to Off and his mother during a press conference yesterday. Roongkhum clarified that it was the rule of the RTP, but the army understood the difficulties it caused for Off and Duangkamon.

Roongkhun also announced that anyone unable to report for conscription due to ill health or disability to report the information to the RTA. The authorities would then perform health checks at their accommodation for further conscription exemption processes.



The latter paragraph is about an RTA-only announcement, and the one before that suggests that the RTA had no choice because of an RTP rule. It seems that either the RTA has suddenly become able to overrule the RTP (unlikely), or that the RTA had the announced flexibility regarding the implementation of the RTP rule from the start (much more likely).

In the pursuit of truth, it might be more accurate to replace the term "Spokesperson" by something more accurate, sth. like "Deflector", "Sugar Coater" or "Damage Control Artist" perhaps.


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Hi boys and girls. The Regime said they were sorry. The Regime is never wrong. Fogive and forget and refrain to give comment, until your son perhaps draws the next wrong color.

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