Thailand: Samak felled by cooking show

Updated On: Sep 10, 2008

Thai courts have found PM Samak guilty of breaking a conflict-of-interest law by hosting "Tasting and Complaining and All Set At 6am", a cooking show which he hosted and accepted payment for. The courts ruled that by accepting payment, Mr. Samak had contravened a law which prohibits private employment while in office.

Mr. Samak had been hosting the television cooking show for seven years before becoming the prime minister in early 2008.

There is a chance that his name might be mooted when Parliament meets to select another prime minister, but this would only further agitate anti-government groups, such as the people's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), instigators of the anti-government movement currently paralysing Bangkok.

The Straits Times, 10 Sept 2008, Samak found guilty http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_277... (requires login)

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